One year. 52 weeks. 365 days.
Despite the best of intentions, the occasional pang of guilt and fleeting flashes of inspiration, that’s how long it’s been since my last blog.
In the past few weeks, I decided that had to change.
Perhaps that’s because the anniversary of the unexpected event that prompted me to start this blog – redundancy – has just been around again at Easter. Or is it because I’m rediscovering the balance in my life after a year of getting established back in the workplace? Maybe it’s just because I’ve missed blogging.
This blog gave me a sense of purpose and routine that otherwise might have been missing during almost a year out of work after my previous executive role was made redundant.
pinchmyself attracted a small, but regular following. Some old friends and family, some new friends whom I met during my travels and volunteering, and others who connected with me through the blog or my @pinchmyself twitter handle.
To all the people who offered their encouragement and support: thank you.
I started pinchmyself with the hope it might help others experiencing the shock of redundancy. I’m not sure how much it did that, but the truth is that it has given me so much.
Blogging became a vehicle for my creative break – for writing and for photography. It offered me a new way to observe and connect with the places I visited and the people I met, to process experiences, to synthesize ideas and perhaps above all else, to express wonder, appreciation and gratitude.
At some stage during my sabbatical, I read somewhere that one of the common traits of happy people is that they are able to look back positively at events in their lives, even the negative experiences. In hindsight, despite some trying moments, pinchmyself faithfully captures my experience of redundancy as a positive, empowering opportunity for learning, growth and creativity.
I appreciate each and every one of the people who took the time to read or comment here, and I’m sorry I let it lapse for so long without explanation.
It wasn’t just a matter of making the time for writing – I’m determined to do that. Given my return to the workforce, I also needed to find the right path forward for pinchmyself, hopefully something that could build upon what I’ve started here.
The good news is that I’ve found fresh inspiration on how I want to evolve this forum over coming weeks and months.
But first I think there may be some unfinished business with the blog’s current theme: “One woman’s travels from corporate Australia into uncertainty.” Yes, that’s certain.