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09 Dec Last Day in the Office

Tomorrow is my last day in the office. I’ve felt a little tearful and a little bit sad all week. Don’t get me wrong I’m excited about all that is to come and really looking forward to life not being as crazy, but I am also a little bit sad that things haven’t quite worked out as I expected.

I wrote about some of my reasons for finishing work in my piece on Changing from Lawyer to Blogger, but I’ve been trying to identify what is making me feel a bit sad.

So here’s me trying to explain what I’m going to miss.

I’m going to miss having to look smart, put make up on and get my heels on. Even if I do take all the ‘war paint’ off as soon as I get home and can usually be found in pyjamas by the time the kids go to bed at 7, I think I’m going to miss actually having to put it all on and get out in the morning.

I’m going to miss the feeling that I get when I’ve sorted something really complicated out for a client and I think – that was impressive – that sort of feeling certainly didn’t happen every day by any means but when it did come it made me understand why I did the job.

I’m going to miss the people and the banter. I have a really nice team in the office and I genuinely like them all. I’m going to miss that camaraderie of the office as I won’t have one.

I’m going to miss people thinking my job is important (which I know is a little silly). There is no getting away from the fact that people have a level of respect for lawyers and I think some people certainly think I’m crazy to be leaving this world.

I’m going to miss the money (although I am surprised how far down the list/my thought process this has come) it paid well and our monthly income will definitely be significantly lower.

I’m going to miss the challenge of fitting it all in. Sometimes I was proud of how much I’d managed to achieve in a day and whilst I’m looking for more balance and more time to myself, I know initially I’ll find this a little strange.

I’m going to miss a part of me that has been a part of me since I was 21.

But having said all that I am really really excited about the new opportunities to come, so it is onwards and upwards from here! I am ready to change my definition of all.

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  • Barjerow
    Posted at 08:52h, 09 December Reply

    You will no doubt miss it ALL , but another ALL is round the corner. Good Luck for tomorrow and the future. XX

  • Mrs Tubbs
    Posted at 12:51h, 09 December Reply

    You will miss it all and it’ll take time to work through that, but a new and different all is coming. Good luck with the next adventure!

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    Posted at 14:45h, 10 December Reply

    Ahhhhhh good luck and I hope there aren’t too many tears! I can imagine that it may take you a while to settle into your new life – it did with me – but you are sociable and very confident and will be amazing in your new ventures. GOOD LUCK and here’s to new things :) Jess xx

  • Emma T
    Posted at 22:31h, 12 December Reply

    Good luck with the change. It’s a massive one, and hope it’s a successful time for you. #sharewithme

  • Crummy Mummy
    Posted at 08:53h, 13 December Reply

    I don’t think you’ll regret it – this week I wrote a post about the pros & cons of being a stay & work at home mum and the pros outweighed the cons! Good luckx #sundaystars

  • Megan - TMK
    Posted at 19:25h, 13 December Reply

    The thing is lovely, this will always be there for you if you want to go back. You are already an award winning blogger, and you know that at this life stage you are doing the best thing. That said, I’ve considered going back to office work just for the wardrobe 😉

  • Sarah Christie
    Posted at 22:54h, 14 December Reply

    I guarantee Karen from someone that knows you will look back in 4 weeks and think how the bloody hell did I fit all that in, I must have been mad x

  • Jenny
    Posted at 21:28h, 15 December Reply

    How very exciting on your new adventure. I miss the business attire and heels to but have enjoyed working from home these past four years with my kids at home with me. It’s definitely different but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Good luck lovely. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. Please note it’s the very last SWM for 2015 and a special edition, year in review so you can link up your favorite four post from this year if you would like and I will return in the New Year ready to read all your amazing blog posts again. Happy Holidays #sharewithme

  • Everything Mummy
    Posted at 20:43h, 18 December Reply

    I have been so in awe of you Karen you have and award winning blog, three young girls and a really tough job I really don’t know how you fit it all in this is such an exciting new chapter for you and you will be amazing – Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

  • Katy
    Posted at 08:01h, 21 December Reply

    I’ve been meaning to check out your new blog for ages Karen. I love it! Be lovely to be able to read a little more about you and your thoughts. I felt similar things leaving teaching but I’ve just read your definition of all post and agree totally, so many new and exciting things ahead and soon you’ll forget about those things you’ll miss. And you can still look great without wearing a suit :-) x

    • Mini Ventures
      Posted at 10:29h, 21 December Reply

      Thanks Katy it hasn’t felt real so far as it’s christmas and i would be off a bit anyway. It’ll feel more real in the new year!! X

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