I’ve now been unemployed for six weeks. My mood has shifted a lot over the past six weeks but today, at least, I’ve been feeling alright. On Wednesday, I’m finally starting a new job again, sticking security tags on books in another library. It’s only a temporary, casual, position but it’ll allow me to earn a little money for any gifts this Christmas, so I’m delighted. I’m mostly happy that I’ll be keeping busy again. The mind is a funny thing and I know that, since I’ve been out of work, I’ve been feeling very down in the dumps. I think I’ve been living in the dumps, to be honest. I’ve been out of routine, going to bed at ridiculous hours and sleeping until midday, I’m lacking motivation to do anything, and I’ve been stressing about silly things that shouldn’t matter. Some days (like today), I feel okay but there’s been days I’ve had to force myself to get dressed in the morning.
Thankfully, this week is a busy week for me. After my “Training Day” this Wednesday, I’m travelling to Liverpool on Thursday for a few nights away with my friends. We actually booked this holiday in September, when I still working in my previous job, so I was a little worried about spending any money I had saved until now. I’ve avoided most events I’ve been invited to just so I’d have money to spend on this trip, thankfully, it has paid off!! This will also be my first holiday away with my friends. There’s six of us going, so it should be a nice break away and also something new. The job that I’m starting is actually commission based and I can work around my own schedule, this works in my favour as I also have a wedding and my graduation to attend over the next few weeks, so I don’t need to worry about booking too many days off.
My graduation is the beginning of December. I received my results two weeks ago and unfortunately, just missed out on that 2.1 by the tiniest amount. I’m still so proud of myself though and delighted with the results, there was a few subjects that I did a lot better than I expected to in. I received a 1.1 in my Research Data Management module, which I personally felt I did poorly in as I didn’t completely understand the guidelines given to us about our final assignment. I’m looking forward to my graduation now and seeing everyone again from my class; although, I’m still not sure what I’m wearing!!
That’s it really. I just felt like giving a little life update as I enjoy doing these from time to time and I was in a nice mood today. I’ve applied to a number of permanent, library positions recently, the hiring process often takes awhile in these jobs though, so I’m hoping that in the early New Year there should be some movement with these. I’ve also been looking into the option of emigrating to Canada if these jobs don’t work out; primarily, as I have a few close friends now living there. Until then, I’m thankful I have this new job to keep me occupied.