Why Not?

I have done a few different things in my life when it comes to work. Different jobs in different industries and different countries.

The most rewarding experiences happened when I was in a position where I managed people. Managing people is not easy. You have your ups and downs. It can be a struggle at times, it can be tiring but it is definitely not boring. Also it pays off for all the struggles every time you get a thank you or see people happy around you.

You cannot imagine how amazing it feels to have someone you recruited, trained and managed a few years ago ask for your address so they can send you a thank you postcard for being their first mentor.

Even though I love doing it I made a conscious decision of staying away from such positions when I changed to a different industry. I wanted to focus on learning. I wanted to be a little selfish and focus on myself. Five years in I have learned a lot about the industry and about myself. For a moment I thought about getting back to managing people. I got excited with the possibility of doing it again.

Why not? You might be asking. I gave up on the idea because I know I would be super focused on the new role, it would consume all of my head space and I would have no time or energy left for this blog or for photography. For those reasons I have decided that now is not the time to make that move.

To everyone that encouraged me to apply for a team leader role, a big thank you for the vote of confidence. I really appreciate it.

I am super passionate about blogging and photography at the moment and don’t want to lose that just yet. Maybe you are thinking that this is silly. That I should try to step up at work. Maybe it is silly! Honestly I think it makes sense and I am following my “heart” on this one.

Another big thank you goes to everyone that has been complimenting or just asking questions about my photography work or my blog. I really enjoy talking with you guys about it.

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Work Christmas Party

This year the work Christmas party came early as we were also celebrating a big anniversary. The venue was new and oh so fancy this time! The Roundhouse in Camden!

The theme was the 1920’s and it was really nice to see so many people putting in the effort to dress up accordingly. There were props available as well to spice up the outfits. The room looked stunning. Food was delicious and the entertainment could not be faulted. Dancers, a live band, a good DJ and David dancing on the table.

Even the transport to the venue was in style with old double-decker buses. I missed that though as I chose to come home to get ready before heading to the party.

Leaving work early, being able to relax a little and get ready at home with my best friend was super nice. We got Uber to take us to the Roundhouse so we didn’t have to walk too much in heels or freeze to death outside. Temperatures dip below 0 that night.

At arrival we walked around a little to find a table. The room was packed already even though we were not that late this time. We sat down just in time for the big speech! It is quite cool to be part of a company that is growing so fast. We were only about 300 when I joined and now we’re past a thousand.

Once the speech was over we went to find the bar and doubled up on drinks not to be queuing all the time. I stayed on clear drinks only and it was a smart choice as I did not suffer much the next day.

We barely had to queue for food which was great as I was quite hungry by the time we got to go get some. The food was delicious. Belly satisfied we headed to the bar again.

The dance floor was on fire with the music pretty much on point as no one seemed to be bored (unlike in previous years).

As in true work Christmas party style the night didn’t go without some incidents. First, I had red wine poured all over my arm, yuck. That wasn’t major really. One wet wipe after I was good. Accidents happen.

But the weirdest thing happened to me this year. This random guy started dancing with me, which is fine but suddenly he got really close to me and bit my face! Not just a nibble but a proper bite, it hurt! I was in shock and just got myself out of there! Apparently I was not the only person he bit. If you don’t know how to behave you should stay at home.

We were chased out of the venue once the party was over. Even though it was very cold I stayed outside just chatting for a while. It’s good to catch up with people you don’t see every day.

I got Uber again to get back home. Luckily it was a nice Mercedes this time and not another Prius. I will really miss it if they stop operating in London. #saveUber

Thank you to everyone who organised the party. I had a really good time 🙂

Note: In case you were wondering, I picked the black dress for the party.

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back to work

Back to Work

Got home late on Tuesday but Wednesday was back to work day. If you know me (and work with me) you know I don’t really take a day off after landing in London. Even when I got home around 3am I went to work that same day!

I have an office job that is not far from home so it is not really a big struggle to do it with a little less sleep. Can always catch up on sleep on the following day and be at 100% then.

It’s good to be back midweek as having a short week helps with getting into the work mode again in a smoother way.

As I quite enjoy what I do and the people I work with it is not too bad going back to work but I do miss being on holiday all the time!

This time I am struggling a bit due to my elbow problem. Desk work can be quite painful if I am not taking regular breaks. I even got a new chair and nice “cushions” for extra support. It does help a little.

Even writing for the blog is not easy and I am writing this post with both elbows on a soft ice pack.

If not for the elbow troubles I would already be thinking and probably planning the next holidays but for now I am focused in getting better and just trying to do my job as well as physically possible. At home I am getting as much rest as possible so I am not going to go on writing a super long post.

Hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend!

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