29.6.12

Taking a Leap.

Today is a special (and scary) day because it is my last day at work. This is the most amazing and challenging job I have ever had and I've been doing for the last 2 and half years. I am sad that I will be saying goodbye to lots of beautiful colleagues, great guests and daily problem solving. I have been working in five star hotels for over five years now and it is time to take a break. I never had a gap year after high school (read more here) and now is my chance to re-set where I am at and look for new beginnings. I want more of a life/work balance and I also want to focus on my writing. You can only imagine the stories I have saved up because every time I think I have seen it all, something new pops up.

We will be having leaving drinks after work and my beautiful colleague Georgie made up some amazing party invitations. They are so fresh and colourful and I love them. I am lucky to have met and connected with so many great people and it will be so weird signing off for the last time but I am also grateful for the chance I have to make a change in my life. Someone also anonymously wrote on one of the invites and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Isn't it cute?


I recently read an amazing article by Sarah Wilson on jumping and not knowing where you will land. It resonnated with me so strongly and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to take a break whilst figuring it all out. One of my favourite managers (who will also be my reference, hurray!) also told me the one clichee I needed to hear yesterday: "When one door closes, another one opens"

Later in July I will also be looking after the one and only Gus for about 10 days whilst his parents are going on a well-deserved holiday. I am really excited!

I will also be implementing Switch-off Sundays from now on. I have been working most weekends for many years and I cannot wait to just disconnect on a Sunday and doing whatever I feel like on the day. No plans, no commitments and no phone calls to answer.

I am excited for what is in store for me next, I just don't know what it is yet! My main priority is just switching off the alarm clock that has been going off far too early for far too long.

Have you taken a leap before? Do you like the idea Switch-off Sundays?

Wish me luck! Xx

18 comments:

  1. Ingrid, that is fantastic! Good on your for taking the leap into the unknown. I have no doubt that a wonderful opportunity will come your way and you will not look back :)

    Good luck, I can't wait to hear about your adventures!

    Lx

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    1. Thank you Lisa, so far it has been great:) I will keep you updated X

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  2. How exciting hun! I hope you have a wonderful last day. XO

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  3. Ingrid! How scary, but how exciting! I'm a big advocate of taking chances and risks in life! I'm sure life will bring you many amazing surprises! Good luck with your writing and new projects!

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    1. Exactly right Rita, it is a little crazy but feels great! I am growing on the risk taking and it is important to step outside your comfort zone. Thank you for your good wishes X

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  4. Have fun tonight babe! Switch off Sunday sounds fabulous and here's cheers to your new adventures in life! I have complete faith that you will find your feet wherever you may fall! X

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    1. Thank you Kimba, it was a great night. Switch off Sunday is great! I really appreciate the support X

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  5. Wow that's so exciting!! I bet it's a tad daunting as well but you will do great :) Trust yourself and just do what feels right, life is too short.
    I love the "so sad" anonymous note on the invite!! Have a fantastic time at your farewell drinks!!
    xx

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    1. Haha, I agree Donna, very exciting but also daunting! X

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  6. Well done YOU! It all sounds very positive and worthwhile for you at this time in your life. I have real trouble switching off and taking risks, so I envy you. Enjoy and I can't wait to hear where this leads you xox

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    1. Thank you Alison. I think now is my chance so I am going for it. I do miss routine but I am just going with it for now Xx

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  7. Congratulations Ingrid!! Follow your heart!
    You are doing of what I can only dream of!!
    Lazy (or Switch off Sundays) are the best!! Sleeping in is so nice.
    I hope the future holds wonderful things for you :)
    xx, Kate.

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    1. Thank you Kate, this is my plan. I have tried to sleep in but my body is too used to early starts, but at least I can have a nanna nap without feeling guilty X

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  8. Well that is exciting news!! I left my full time job last year to follow my dream and oh so happy I did! I beleive you will go on to do great things. It is scary and exciting all at once!! I have switch off Sunday and it is definitely something I am grateful for lol
    All the best to you and your new and bright future.
    PS you can always come and work for me ;)

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    1. I agree. I am very impresses with what you have achieved, you are an inspiration:)

      Thank you :)

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  9. How exciting, I send you well wishes and hope that you turn your dreams into reality! x

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    1. Thank you Joanne, it is much appreciated X

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