I’ve just been retrenched for the second time in 5 years . Man I tell you this is taxing on the soul. The company had recently lost some vital and long standing contracts and with the threat of a looming situation that may worsen before it gets better, the hard decision had to be made by the owner. As much as it’s a terrible blow to me coming at the worse time possible and made all the worse by i never really saw it coming I can’t begrudge the call. Thing is I really LIKED this job. it’s been interesting and varied work that gave me a commercial oversight and subsequent hands on training in SME management and I looked forward to going in every day. Great boss. Great staff and flexibility. What more could I ask for ? Well..some longevity would have been nice.
The first time this happened in 2007 I was out of work for 4 months and the cash drain was horrid and left a gaping hole. And that was before two kids ! Now who knows what happens. I look at my two gorgeous children playing obliviously and have these horrible self-deprecating thoughts that I’ll never be able to give them the lives they deserve if this keeps happening. It certainly rams home the responsibility that fatherhood carries . Leakhana is amazing as always. My rock.
So we have given immediate notice to the landlord and will move this weekend to much cheaper digs. Leakhana has found a brand new three bedroom end of row lwairng nearby in a quiet tree lined street with a great front yard that we can transform into a garden and a breezy rooftop with views. Its one side of a duplex development and the neighbours are…surprise…Aussies. Inside is immaculate and the owner used nice tiles and laid it out really well. It’s the kind of place I could actually stay in IF / WHEN I get a new job and best of all – it’s $250 a month vs $900 where we are now !! I’ll post photos when we are in but it’s going to be a hectic week and the sleepless nights have already started. It’s 2am now and I’ve been awake for 3 hours having gone to bed much earlier than I should have.
I have a couple of irons in the fire already and when my contract at ISPP was nearing an end I had this same stressful sickening feeling in my guy but that actually turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.
One door closes another opens what doesn’t kill you etc etc blah blah..stay tuned.