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  • OMG What have I done LOL !!!!!

    Well, in about 12 weeks I will be officially unemployed ..............I put in for, and after a bit of negotiation I have got Voluntary Redundancy from the job I have loved and lived for this last 24 years. Unfortunately after the takeover two years ago, it is not the company I knew and loved anymore, I won't bore you with all the details, but I no longer wanted to be a part of it. I have been offered some sub contract work when they need my particualar skills, which is a bonus I hadn't expected. They wanted to cut more costs so I took the opportunity presented to me and I hope to start a new business with my best friend doing what I love, designing and making beautiful wood products.

    When I started work at 17 I was so sure I would be comfortably retired by now not starting from scratch again in every aspect of my life. You can go through all the negitives like the ecnomic climate, your age, your lifestyle, but sometimes you just get thrown a curved ball and if you can catch it and run with it you never know, you might just win the game.

    I don't want to be sat there at 80 an embittered old woman saying ' what if ' so while I still have the energy, my glass is always at least half full, and I am surrounded by like minded people I love and respect.......................Wheeeeeeeeeee here I go !!!!!!!

    Mo.XX
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    A brave step, but a wise one. doing what you love is a wonderful thing and hope it goes really well for you both.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    • #3
      Good Luck Mo

      Similar story here, I took V redundancy, 6 years ago, intended to semi-retire.

      Unfortunately my husband was made redundant a few months later, having no salaries coming in we turned my hobby into a business.

      Had we both have carried on working, we would both be retired now, as it is we are working 14 hour days and loving every minute (well, most minutes) of it.

      Like you, we have had to learn, and are still learning, many new skills

      Good luck

      Jane
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      • #4
        Wow. Go for it and the best of luck in the world to you both. Very brave of you too.
        Carol
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        • #5
          Good Luck with the fresh start :-)

          I'm in a similar situ too - 3 weeks to go till I get my cheque :-) - and I can't wait to start a new chapter in my life

          You don't get many chances to start afresh so you've got to grab them whilst you can and never look back :-) :-)
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          • #6
            Good luck, Mo, I did a similar thing recently taking early retirement. it is a big step to take, but it's well worth it. Go for it!
            Annie

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            • #7
              The very best of luck to you!

              I have a similar story - was made redundant but I was offered redeployment. Took the redundancy and very glad I did.
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              • #8
                Good for you, Mo, and the best of luck. As you say, life is unpredictable, but you've got the right attitude and skills to succeed.
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                • #9
                  Good luck Mo, a whole new vista opening up for you. I know it's hard when something you love ends this way, but sometimes you have to listen to that little voice that tells you it's time. Will you keep making jewellery or will you move over into the woody side?
                  Heather
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                  • #10
                    Nice one Mo! Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

                    Linda

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                    • #11
                      Good luck Mo - your story sounds very similar to mine - I was at the same company 20 years but everything changed after a takeover. When my Dad died, I couldn't bear the thought of going back there with all the new bureaucracy and silly stuff and took the opportunity to start my business. That was three years ago and whilst it has been really really tough, it was the best thing I ever did.

                      The world is your oyster and you have everything in front of you - just don't expect too many short days LOL!!

                      Have a good party to celebrate your new beginnings!
                      Ali x

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                      • #12
                        Mo - I think that's SO exciting - I wish you all the luck in the world

                        And another upside - you'll be able to come over and have a coffee and a natter on a workday!!
                        george
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                        • #13
                          All the best to you both in your new venture!! I am sure you'll be absolutely brilliant!! I do hope you keep the jewellery going to tho Mo
                          Much love!!
                          Sarah x
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                          • #14
                            Good luck Mo! and have fun!!

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                            • #15
                              Go for it Mo! Know you can cope with all that life throws at you :mf
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