I've always been rather fond of the month of September - like January although with better weather. Although I wasn't very fond of school itself, I did enjoy the academic process and being a bit of a paper addict, it was good to have fresh notebooks and a pencil case full of new pens.
Several years on, academia has passed me by but I still look on September as a month to assess where I am in life and a chance to set myself new targets. (And it does help that the kids have gone back to school - yeh - and I can get back to a weekly routine - even if I'm not looking forward to the football season.)
This year it's even more of a challenge as I am being made redundant at the end of this month. It's something that has been in the offing for a long time, so I'm not exactly devastated by it. It is rather sad, as I started the job when my youngest was a baby and he will be nine in January, so it has been a big part of my life.
But I'm looking on it as an opportunity to change my life. In this financial climate I never would have left the job of my own accord, but I was getting a bit stuck in a rut and working five days a week left little time to do anything else.
So, as I have no hope, as yet, of earning a decent living from my writing, I've decided to play to my strenghts and set up my own freelance administration business. I've been an administrator / PA for more years than I care to remember now, and people have told me that I'm rather good at it, so with the advent of technology, and with smaller companies needing someone to organise them, but not having the resources to employ them, I thought I would do it solo. I have a couple of potential clients so far, so fingers crossed I will make a success of it. I just need to find a new working routine, combine it with writing, and do it all during the hours of 9-3.
No time wasting then!