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My life has been turned upside down!

Sorry I have neglected you and my blog lately but my life as I know it has totally been turned upside down.  Actually it’s not just my life but my hubby’s too.

I’ve known for a couple of months that job cuts were coming to the training department at the mining company where I work so for the last couple of months at work there’s been quite a bit of stress (hence no sewing).  Well this week the announcements were made and we’ve ALL lost our jobs.

Anyways to cut a long story short I’ve been offered a redundancy package or a redeployment option to try to secure another role within the company by 28th March.

If I don’t manage to secure another role then the redundancy kicks in and I’m without a job and officially unemployed.

My heart is telling me to take the package and move on and move back to our home state and be closer to our family and friends but my head is telling me I should  try and secure another role and stick it out here in Port Hedland for a few more years.

I went and saw our work counsellor to try to calm my mind and get my head and my heart to align… and actually I think I’m getting closer and am getting closer to taking the package and leaving this town and heading back over to our home state of Qld so as we can be closer to family and friends.  Oh and the plus side of moving is I’ll also be a lot closer to fabric shops :)

Anyways at least you still know I’m here and haven’t fallen of the www I just have a few things going on that have been distracting me from my sewing, my blog, visiting my fellow bloggers, and you.

Oh… I should let you know we ended up having a fabulous Christmas holiday in Bali and here’s the result of a fabric shopping spree I went on.  I had no idea Bali was such a great place to go fabric shopping.

Fabrics purchased in Bali

So wish I had a crystal ball or the powers above would tell me what to do and how to start the next chapter in my life?

I’m sure as the next couple of weeks go by things will get clearer and my head and my heart will align and the right choice will be made :)

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  1. says

    I’ve been missing your posts. I know how it is to contemplate such difficult choices about your future. You will know when you have the right answer. Your head and heart will be at peace with your final answer. Wishing you the best with that. What a great fabric haul from Bali, I’m drooling over your yummy pieces. Take care,

    • says

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I have a feeling we’ll be making a move from here and I’m actually starting to get excited about what may be ahead. Change is always a little scary especially when you’re venturing into the unknown but it’s also exciting thinking about the possibilities.

      I had no idea that Bali had such a great selection of fabric shops. Now that I know next time will probably be an even bigger haul LOL.

    • says

      Life decisions sure are tough and especially when they affect so many aspects in your life and not just yourself. Ooooo fabric shops… ooooh shops…. mmmmm I’m drooling just thinking about it and getting even more excited hahahaha

  2. says

    This is a tough time Chris but remember that things always happen for a reason and perhaps this is just the push you needed to come back to Queensland or it will lead to an even better job in an even better town. Whatever you decide you will always have your blog, sewing machine and fabric stash!

    Hey Chris, if you do come to QLD and are ever in Brissy let me know, I would love to share a coffee with you :)

    • says

      You are so right Rosie and it’s also what I said to my hubby. We were sitting outside last night and talking about what we thought would be a dream job and I told hubby my dream job would be to work from home and spend more time sewing and playing in my sewing den, more time online, a little bit of marketing, more time social networking, more time for me…. that to me would be a dream job. That way I’d get to spend more time with my blog, sewing machine and my fabric stash. Oh yes please… that sounds perfect to me.

      I’ve actually just sent you an email Rosie and I’d love to share a coffee with you for sure! I’ll definitely get in touch when we’re in Brissy :)

    • says

      Thanks Lena… it’s been a strange time around here and every time I sat at my computer I just had no idea what to blog about as I was simply lost for words and my mind would go blank LOL. I’m really starting to get excited about the what may be ahead of us… have no idea really what it will be but I’m sure when the time’s right it I’ll know and I’ll be ready for it :)

    • says

      Oh NO… I hadn’t even realised there was no red in there. Mmmm might just have to go back to Bali and pick some up… now that sounds like a good decision. Maybe another holiday to Bali :)

  3. says

    Oh Chris, I am so sorry to hear your news. (I was wondering where you had got to). I know you have never really been happy stuck up there, so far from your friends and family. How does your hubby feel about things? Does he still have his job, or are you both in the same boat?
    I sometimes think that redundancy can provide the push you need to move away from something that has been making you quietly unhappy for a long time. But obviously, you are still young and need an income.
    What I do know is that you are a bright, confident, funny and warm person who has many strings to her bow. I’m sure you will find the right solution, and I’ll be thinking of you.

    • says

      You are so right Fiona… I’ve never really been happy here. We were just here for the work and to get a head a little. Hubby’s work has also been slowing down (he works for a different company) and they’ve laid of 100s of people over the last several months. His company doesn’t offer redundancy packages… they just lay people off as it’s part of their contracts.

      I really do think this is the push we’ve needed and the good thing is we didn’t have to make the hard decision ourselves LOL. We’re definitely still going to need an income as my retirement plan of winning the lotto hasn’t kicked in yet hahahaha

      Thank you for your kind and supportive words and I’m sure the right solution is just ahead of us waiting to be explored. It’s actually quite exciting wondering what the next chapter in my life will be and I’m looking forward to the adventure what ever it may be for me and my hubby :)

  4. says

    I am wishing you success and happiness in whatever decision you make about your future. I have been made redundant several times in my career. The resulting changes were for the better. Though it was incredibly stressful when it happened! When you do return to sewing, you have all those lovely fabrics you purchased in Bali to sew.

    • says

      Thank you so much Audrey and I’m keeping my hopes up that things will turn out for the better and I’ll soon be happily sewing away using the fabrics I purchased in Bali :)

  5. says

    I’m so sorry to hear about this! I hope you figure out what your next move is and that it works for you and your family as well as makes you happy. I’m glad that you at least have some new fabric to dream about while you works things out!

    • says

      Sometimes I think the decision would be so much easier if there weren’t so many options. I so love all the fabrics I bought in Bali and keep eyeing them off… just need to find the motivation and decide on making something. Probably the best thing I could do at the moment is sew myself or my dolls something as it would definitely help take my mind off things for a while and put a smile on my dial LOL

  6. says

    I am so sorry to hear about your job..Will be praying that God help you make the decision that is best for you and your family..
    Love that Christmas shopping spree.. Oh what pretty fabrics.. Maybe life will calm down soon,and you will be able to sew again..Missed it.. Judy

    • says

      Thank you for your kind words and for your prayers… that’s so sweet of you! I was so surprised at the variety of fabrics available in Bali… definitely looking forward to another holiday trip over there… even if it’s just for a fabric shopping spree :) I missing my sewing and sharing my project with you too.

  7. Julia says

    Hello Chris, like many others I’ve missed you online and I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had such a stressfull time. I wish you and your husband all the best at this crossroads and I’m sure that whatever you decide, good fortune and opportunities will come your way. Sending best wishes, Julia

  8. says

    I hope that you will be happy and make up your minds soon! I am terrible with decisions, I am always thinking “what if?’. But, you know what ? I think any decision is the right one if you know how to make it work. So try not to stress too much! Kitty and I send good vibes out to you. (ps, speaking of decisions and how I personally suck at them, I have posted a poll over on my blog for folks to vote on which pattern I should sew next, LOL. There are 4 patterns to chose from, if you are bored and get a chance, pop by and cast your vote!)

    • says

      Thank you Catja and Kitty too. Hubby and I are both having such a hard time with making a decision with this one. It would be so much easier if there was only an option A and an option B LOL. Each idea and option we come up with seems to be not quite right especially once we start with the “What If” question hahaha. I’ll definitely drop over and see if I can help with your making a decision on what to sew next. Maybe that’s something I need to do as well. Every time I go into my sewing room and look at my fabrics and/or go through my patterns I can’t decide on what to sew next. I really should sew something as it would help take my mind of things for a while and sewing always makes me happy :)

  9. says

    Sorry to hear your news Chris. I am slowly catching up with reading blogs and am saddened to hear about the redundancies. I took redundancy from Vodafone in 2004 and it was the best thing that happened to me as I started my own business. Business has slowed right down now so I have to make myself redundant and look for work so I really feel for you. I think whatever decision you make, you will make the most of.

    • says

      Sorry for the late reply BeaJay… been totally slack LOL. Well, it seems I have no choice left but to take the redundancy package so as of 3.30pm this Friday I’ll be officially unemployed. On the plus side I’m hoping to use some of the free time I’ll have on my hands to enjoy some sewing which today I haven’t done any! There’s always a plus side to everything :)

      Thank you for sharing your positive outcome about your experience with redundancy. Sorry to hear about your business slowing down and making yourself redundant… feel for you too. Here’s hoping things work out the best now for both of us xx

    • says

      Thanks Faye… appreciate your kind words. I have no choice now but to take the redundancy and look for work… not sure what I’ll do but I’m sure something will come along that I’ll love :)

  10. Pauline says

    I wish you all the success you deserve no matter where life may lead you. If you do end up here in Brisbane I am sure there are many followers who would love to catch up. All the best for your future.

    • says

      Hi Pauline :) Oh how I’d love to end up in Brisbane as there’s so many great sewers and opportunities to meet up over there. But at this stage it looks like we’ll be staying here for a while longer. Hubby’s work has been busy and he’s making the $s at the moment. For me I’ll have to start looking around now for another job… who knows what that will be. In the mean time though I think I need to get stuck back into sewing again as I’ve totally neglected my sewing all together which is not like me at all.

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