The Changing Seasons – August to October 2020

The Changing Seasons – August to October 2020

It’s time again for my monthly roundup in The Changing Seasons post, hosted by Su at Zimmerbitch. But, this time it covers what I have been up to since August!

What have I been up to? Well, like everyone, not much we can do these days and I have nothing to report for the month of August!

I had been on furlough since the end of March with no clue as to when I would be returning to work, but then we were asked to attend a meeting. We were told that, due to the virus, there would be redundancies.

My stomach turned and my heart was in my throat, although I didn’t know who would be going at that point. However, I had a sneaky suspicion that I may be one of the unlucky ones. Mainly because I had not been at the company for over 2 years and also my colleague had been doing her job as well as mine since the end of March.

A week later, at the beginning of September, I went back into work to meet my boss. She came right out with it… “we have to let you go.” Even though I kind of knew, it was still horrible to hear it.

I could feel the tears coming, but I didn’t want to cry in front of her – it wasn’t her fault. I got back into the car to drive home and I cracked!

I got home and immediately set about looking for a job.

At that has been my life for the past 2 months!

I have never felt so stressed, I felt sick every day with a feeling of dread in my stomach. I lost all motivation to do anything – even exercise! I was applying for 2-3 jobs a day, every day, and feeling very frustrated because NO-ONE replied!

Last week, I counted the number of applications I have submitted and I’ve applied for 40 or so and have had 4 interviews! Not good odds! 40 applications is nothing compared to others I have heard about, one person even submitted 200!

In these terrible times we are all living in, redundancies are happening all over! People are applying for anything and everything! It’s affecting people’s mental health and it’s totally soul-destroying!

Then, last week and after all the stress, I was finally offered a job! It turns out, it was all just a matter of time! Time that I didn’t think I could bear to wait! I could not be happier and I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders!

So, all I will say to others who may be going through this! Keep going! I believe everything works out for the best in the end – you just have to keep positive and be determined!

Prior to all this, I did manage to enjoy a couple of nights out.

I went to my friends for a Tapas night, lots of lovely food, wine and sangria!

Things to do in free time
Photo Credit: Hayley Metcalfe

I also went out with my sister which was fun, albeit strange. Groups of people absolutely plastered at 6pm on a Saturday night, temperature checks and ID checks before you go into a pub and bouncers telling people ” YOU CAN’T PASS WITHOUT A MASK!” which I thought was quite amusing and that became the quote of the day.

Things to do in freetime
My sister and me

How life has changed!

And now, we are all in lockdown again! Only 3 weeks to go (hopefully)!

I hope everyone is safe and well around the world! 🙂

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join me and the others in this challenge, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic)

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them

12 Replies to “The Changing Seasons – August to October 2020”

  1. Sorry to hear you lost your job Gill but so happy you secured another position – congratulations!
    It’s tough here in Oz also with 200 or so applications for most jobs. It’s an employer’s market and salaries have gone down substantially but responsibilities have increased drastically. most jobs are advertised with 2 titles and when you see the list of responsibilities, it’s daunting. Problem is that I can’t see this changing any time soon.

    Stay safe as I hear you guys are in lockdown again. 🙁

    1. Thank you so much Nilla. 200 is crazy! Very daunting. Yes, we are 2 weeks into our 4 week lockdown, hopefully be able to end as planned, but who knows. They are discussing what to do about Xmas at the moment.Talk is that they may let households get together for a 5 day period, but that may mean lockdown again in January. I hope they get this vaccine rolled out as soon as possible. Stay safe too xx

  2. So sorry to hear about the redundancy Gill. But congratulations on the new job – that is just great! Susan and I have both had redundancy situations in the past and hers was damaging because of the way it was handled. Full marks to you for getting on with things and turning it around. Sending a hug. Stay safe!

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