For me, the first half of this year really wasn’t all that great. In fact, I was pretty unhappy. I was in a job that I hated and it had such a bad knock-on effect on every other area of my life. It wasn’t just that I didn’t like the work itself, it was all these other things too (some of which I won’t get in to here). I had to work awkward shifts which meant I found it hard to establish any kind of routine for myself or to make time to see family and friends. To cope with the early hours and late nights, I started to totally rely on junk food to keep me going. Now (to be honest) I was already struggling with my weight when I started the job but the shift work only exacerbated that. I was miserable going in to the place every day and I felt completely trapped because I really needed the income and there was just nothing else out there.

Then as we came in to summer, I got an offer. In July, I started a new job and now everything’s totally different. The work is challenging but it’s interesting and I’m learning so much. The hours are regular and consistent and there’s also so much opportunity for me to grow and develop here. To say things are better now would be an understatement!

I have to admit that a part of me seriously regrets the fact that I didn’t just walk out of my previous job sooner…I should have known something better would have eventually come along. I suppose, if nothing else, the experience has made me realise the importance and value of personal happiness. Life is far too short to spend it in a bad situation. I feel a million per cent better now and not a day goes by when I don’t feel thankful for that.


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