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I feel really kind of guilty, in some ways - 2016 was such a dire year for so many people, and yet mine was... pretty great. As my housemate says: "Out there, 2016 sucked. Inside this house, it's been a good year."

So, my 2016:
- I started the year working for a community services non-profit employed through an agency. They liked me and wanted to keep me, so at the end of February they put me on a contract, which was gratifying.

- At the end of March, my partner moved out and dumped me, in a not particularly elegant way. The breakup was painful, which wasn't very surprising as he was not a communicative man even at the best of times. However, I have always done just fine on my own, and after an Easter weekend of wallowing at my parents' house, I was pretty much fine. We have remained cordial albeit distant friends.

- This prompted me to make an offer to G, one of my closest and oldest friends - G had split with his long-time partner at the end of 2015, and was visiting family in another state for six weeks before returning to Brisbane to find somewhere to live. (The week before Easter was a bad week - G left for six weeks, my partner dumped me and moved out, and my only real friend at work went overseas for three months. I felt a bit abandoned!) So I said to G, "well, I've got this spare room empty..." and got back "...I'll be back in next weekend." \o/

- So my domestic situation is pretty damn great. G is a great friend and I absolutely love living with him. And as the absolute icing on the cake, G is also the only person I know who is as keen about (tabletop roleplaying) gaming as I am, and thus has been running a frigging amazing one-on-one Exalted game for me for the last eight months. SO HAPPY. 😍

- Meanwhile, in May, I was offered a year-long promotion from August 2016 to August 2017, acting as the team leader for our region's Admin team. There was some awkwardness about how that happened, but basically from August onwards I've been loving my job. I really enjoy leadership, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity -- I had no leadership experience on my resume to date, so this has been very valuable.

So to sum up, in 2016 I: am far happier out of my previous relationship; have acquired an excellent housemate which has also strengthened our friendship even more; am able to access my favourite hobby whenever I want, instead of having to wait for the moons to align; have stepped into a work role I genuinely really enjoy; have significantly strengthened my resume for my next job search.

I sort of feel like I stole all the good fortune everyone else should have had in 2016. Sorry people! *sheepish*

I hope 2017 for you all is as awesome as 2016 was for me.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
So, hooray, I'm being made redundant.

That's along with about 85% of my department - our roles are being moved overseas. We had the opportunity to apply for one of the retained positions, but like almost everyone else, I decided to take the package and go.

It's a new experience for me; I've never been made redundant before. I'm fortunate in that my employers are providing a lot of support, including access to an excellent career transition service, and the package is pretty damn generous. I have heard horror stories from those not so fortunate with other redundancies - this process could be a lot worse.

I have seriously mixed feelings about it all. On the one hand, this is a good prompt to go out and find a position that'll be perfect for me, and I'm in a better position to do so than I've ever been before, and I've learnt a lot in my current job about what I do and don't want from future jobs. On the other hand, I genuinely am going to miss this place; it's been hands-down the best place I've ever worked, with good leadership and colleagues.

We were notified in March that this was happening; I volunteered to stay on during the transition, so I've still had a job up until now. That ends this week; I finish Wednesday. I've applied for a few jobs so far, but haven't had any nibbles, and to be honest I don't mind the idea of taking a few weeks off and just relaxing (and working on a few projects). But the uncertainty is getting to me, especially given that I'm hoping my next job is going to be a step up, not just more of the same.

Fun times.

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