Can too much choice be a bad thing?

When my mother was growing up career advice  was somewhat simple for girls: if you’re smart become a teacher, if you’re a bit thick go and work in a bank.  How the ‘dopey’ bank cashiers must smirk now.

Now we have a multitude of options at our fingertips but, for me at least, choosing one to commit  to is harder than ever.  Stronger women than me fought long and hard for the right to be able to do whatever we want and I feel almost obliged to do it all: have a career, have a family, run with the bulls in Pamplona, whatever.

I knew leaving my job with nothing to go to was the right thing for me to do at that time but a month down the line it doesn’t make the situation I find myself in any easier to come to terms with.  After submitting application after application and receiving little or no feedback I wonder have I broadened my horizons a little too much perhaps?  It’s embarrassing running into friends I haven’t seen in ages and noting the horror in their eyes mixed with a little glee, (in some cases), knowing that all these years later they are doing that bit better than I am.  Long term I know this is the right path for me but I do occasionally wonder, should I have settled for something already?

All I can say for certain is I have less than £20 in my purse and about 200 miles worth of petrol left in my car and I’m going to spend the next few days seeing where both take me.  I’ll keep you posted.

In the zone

I’ve been quiet for a few days now and I suppose I needed a few days off from applying for jobs, if anything just to recharge my batteries.  It’s funny how draining sitting on your backside form filling can be but it was really exhausting me!  So I took a few days away from the applications and enjoyed the sunshine, going for long walks and generally clearing my head.  It was just the ticket and now I feel so much more motivated to get out there and seize the day!

This weekend I’m pleased to say that I’ve submitted 2 applications to an amazing charity and am in the process of completing a third, hoping to submit it this afternoon.  I’ve set myself a goal of moving to the big smoke by September and I’m going to do everything in my power to make that happen so I had better get my skates on!  I’m definitely feeling much more hopeful that I did a week ago when I thought I’d never see the end of these application forms but now I’ve done a few I feel like I’m getting into the swing of things although I’m keeping my fingers crossed I won’t need to fill in too many more before something comes up.  We’ll see!