On Tuesday I told you about how I had been having a major clear out of my clothes and simplifying my wardrobe. It reminded me of something which happened about 12 years ago, but would have made too long a post on Tuesday, so I’m sharing the story with you today.
When we moved here from the south 20 years ago, I brought with me all my school notes, university notes and notes from courses I’d been on in the last job I was in before I went on maternity leave. All those notes sat in my loft here in Derbyshire for 10 years.
I’d hated that very last job, it was a bad experience, and it was a relief to leave. I didn’t work for nearly 10 years when we first moved here while Edie and Bee were little and I thought I would never work outside the home again.
One day when Bee was 6 and at school I went up into the loft and I threw out all my old notes. I remember thinking, ‘I’ll never need these again, I won’t be going back to work’. Two weeks later a friend phoned me to say she had seen a job advertised which she thought I could do. To cut a long story short, I got the job and the rest, as they say, is history. I’ve moved onwards and upwards since then, and I’ve had a much better working experience, probably because work is no longer the main focus in my life.
I am convinced that by chucking out those old notes, some of which kept pulling me back to an unhappy time in my life, I made room for something better to happen. A major part of my journey on the Frugal Hill Way is about letting go of stuff and habits which don’t serve me any more so that I can create a simpler life.
Have you ever had an experience of letting an object or habit go and then something better coming along?
Until next time, Tawney x