March Does a Factor | Fragrance Posse

The view from my desk.

So, I bought a job. Shock!!! I began earlier this month, virtually one 12 months to the day since my earlier seven-year gig ended– they have been downsizing, I used to be let go together with a pleasant severance package deal, and I figured I’d profit from the money-cushion. I actually leaned into the liberty I’ve been lacking for the previous decade, what with that complete divorce / single mother / full time job / prolonged pre-pandemic commute state of affairs. And 2021 was a very demanding 12 months, each workwise and all of the planning and execution concerned in getting the youngsters arrange in Maine and myself out right here, to not point out the whole lot taking place on this planet.

I realized some issues about myself this 12 months. One of many issues I realized is that, because it seems, I’m horrible at not working. I would like a mission, objectives, construction, a mission, one thing that requires my focus and a focus for a big share of my waking hours every week.

The primary six months post-job have been good — museums, hanging out with mates, exploring the environs, going to Eire, not having to be at work (or a lot of anyplace else) on a schedule. Then I began to get antsy. I kicked round varied concepts, did some volunteer work, thought-about a part-time job which wasn’t possible for varied causes, and determined to search for full-time employment once more, primarily based in an workplace with different people. Two years of full-time pandemic distant work was sufficient for me to know I detest it. Yeah, the pliability is nice – do the laundry, stroll the canine, go to the fitness center or medical appointments, meet the plumber, and many others. However I stay alone now and I’m sufficient of a people-loving introvert (is {that a} factor?) to want common in-person interactions with others. Certainly one of my favourite facets of my final gig was the collegial workplace environment, and a good variety of my mates are individuals I met at work over the a long time.

I’ll be trustworthy – I’m not remotely career-oriented. My whole “profession” has been a collection of respectable jobs I labored onerous at solely when vital, so I may pay the payments, take holidays, and purchase issues like good garments and area of interest perfumes. I believe I’ve had so many balls within the air for therefore lengthy that I failed to know what would occur if I gained a ton of leisure time and an empty nest virtually concurrently. It doesn’t bode nicely for retirement however I’m not going to fret about that now. Possibly I’ll ease myself into it; who is aware of, perhaps in one other 5 years (which had all the time been my obscure quit-full-time-work purpose) I’ll be prepared.

Within the meantime? The place I’m working ticks all of the containers I laid out for myself earlier than I began looking. I needed: a office with a mission I discover attention-grabbing, co-workers who appear nice and fairly sane, good advantages together with beneficiant PTO, and a few flexibility/no person’s watching us clock out and in. I believe I’ve achieved all of that with the bonus of a fully beautiful workspace; it’s an historic property, with all of the funky previous Santa Fe particulars. Severely, once I went to interview and we did a tour, I needed to cease myself from squealing and clapping my fingers collectively like an amped-up toddler. We’re within the steep-learning-curve portion of the festivities however I believe it’ll be okay. Additionally I’ve worn a few of my odder Edwardian-punk garments (paired with extra regular items) and no person batted an eye fixed, so. It’s most likely tremendous.

Why am I telling you all this? As a result of I’m shocked, greater than something. On the dimensions between pushed and lazy, I’m extra the latter. I assumed I’d take to a 12 months of leisure like a duck to water. However perhaps it’s much less about drive per se and extra about routine and construction, I dunno. Do it’s good to have plenty of issues happening in your life? Or perhaps not plenty of issues, however extra of a daily routine?

Additionally PS I might love to put in writing about perfume on this perfume weblog. Really, nothing would make me happier. However I dig bottles out and sniff them (or sniff new frags whereas out on the prowl) and my nostril simply ain’t proper. I can sit down and cry about it, or … I can write about one thing else, so right here we’re.