semi-retiring, work life balance, lifestyle block living


December 2016

Packing up

In just a smidgen short of a calendar month we will be leaving Auckland and moving up north.

The man and I can’t wait. It feels like it has been a long time coming, but in the scheme of things it probably isn’t at all. It’s just that we are ready to go.

Meanwhile our days  are spent sorting through our worldly belongings, dividing them into the three piles of keep, chuck, and gift. It is at this stage that we give thanks that we are not hoarding folk!

Our conversations are full of  questions.  A tractor, a  ride-on or gator?  Or maybe all three? Sheep or alpaca? And if sheep, are they destined for a long life or the freezer? And can I cope with the latter thought? How many hens? What more do we need in the orchard? And how big should the vege patch be?

Our reading is now NZ Lifestyle Block. Our internet browsing is TradeMe. The farm implement bit.

And the Seek website. Because I am still applying for jobs. Sort of.

You see, I have other priorities. I want to paint the house interior and get stuck into the garden. Yes, I may be way too busy for that paid work lark for a while.

I’m not going to fret and worry though, there is enough in the kitty for the foreseeable. And besides, I have a feeling that the elusive job will turn up exactly when I need it!


Sticking up for ourselves

Picky! Yes I know my title is not two words as per normal, rather it is four. However in this case I am not going to apologize. No, it is four words because it has to be to get the message across. I admit I could use a couple of expletives that would get the same message across pretty succinctly too, but despite being very tempting, I am going to keep this blog seemly.

Anyway back to the topic! Sticking up for ourselves is not something the man and I are very good at. We are the sort of people who prefer not to make a fuss; not to complain. Yes, we let a lot of things slide, preferring to move on and leave unfortunate incidents behind. I think this is a very Kiwi thing – no one likes a whinger after all.*

Having said this, there is a time and a place when sticking up for yourself is the only option. Hard as it is, it is sometimes by far the best thing to do.

And twice recently we have been in situations exactly like this. Both times we have thought long and hard about whether we were being fair and when we decided we were, whether sticking up for ourselves was the best way forward for us. Both times we have decided it was.

Now this isn’t a blog where I name and shame people/companies. No, the message is simply by standing up for ourselves, we got heard. We kept our self respect.

And more importantly we maybe saved someone else from having to go through the same thing.

Fighting the good fight. It might be damn hard, but there is definitely a place for it.

*To those who know me well, you will be shaking your head and saying “well, you may not whinge exactly, but you do dissect it to death”. I do. I apologize!

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