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    2012 is going to be an interesting year ...

    After spending my whole adult life working in office administration, and after giving my future a great deal of thought, I resigned from my job last Friday. Every day was feeling like Groundhog Day, and I just couldn't face another 20-25 years until retirement (if I ever got that far) doing the same thing. Spending 8-9 hours a day sitting at a desk doing data entry wasn't doing much for my physical or emotional wellbeing, leaving me depressed and unmotivated for life in general.

    So, I finish up on 20 January next year, and then I'll be concentrating on my health and fitness as well as putting some solid work into my photography and Photoshop skills to see where things take me. At the end of May, I'll be heading to the US until at least mid-November for an extended road trip. After that? Well, I'll just have to wait and see, but at least there won't be any regrets about paths not taken or opportunities missed.

    Interesting times, indeed ...
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    Good luck to you Michaela. Commit to a sea change is a brave decision and you have done it. Lots of kudos to you.

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    Thanks, andylo. It's going to be Michaela's Grand Adventure.

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    Good one.
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    Go for it.

    I dont believe in doing a job you arnt happy in.

    We only get one crack at this life so why not be happy.

    I wish you all the very best in your new venture.

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    How exciting for you Michaela. I fully understand the stuck at the desk syndrome, I did do that once, but now have a job that keeps me fairly active.

    The travelling side , that is the best tonic and good on you. Hope we have time to catch up before your world travels. I am on holidays after Friday.
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    Go for it Michaela, you won't regret it - whatever happens. Travelling for extended periods is a wonderful thing to do and its so much better when you chuck in a dead end job. Enjoy the good and the bad - its all good in the end.
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    Thanks for all the support, folks! I'm nervous, but very excited about the possibilities.

    Shelley, I've got something to go to on 17th Dec but otherwise all my weekends are free - let me know whatever day/time suits you.


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    Good on you Michaela. I am sitting here at my desk reading this thinking you lucky bugga! Once you get to the States all else will be forgotten, just remember to walk to the correct side of the car in the morning and don't turn left onto the left hand side of the road haha (yes, I am guilty of both!) Good luck with it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LJG View Post
    Good on you Michaela. I am sitting here at my desk reading this thinking you lucky bugga! Once you get to the States all else will be forgotten, just remember to walk to the correct side of the car in the morning and don't turn left onto the left hand side of the road haha (yes, I am guilty of both!) Good luck with it all.
    Lloyd, it's funny because I drove when I was there for six weeks last year, and before that for three months in 2000, and each time I had no trouble adapting to driving on the right, but had big problems when I came home. I can't tell you how many times I went to the wrong side of the car to get in - so embarrassing!

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    I'm in a very similar situation right now.
    I have worked for the company for 39 years(!) and the company has been sold, so I'll be looking for a new job in the new year.
    However, at my age and only having one company on my CV, I think it wil be tough to find a new job, even though I'm very good at what I do.

    The new owners will probably still be using me from time to time for various things, but who knows what will actually occur.

    I have travelled all my working life, mainly to China (at least 100 times) and Hong Kong (somewhere north of 200 times), but with many trips to the US and Europe as well, so I've really had enough of overseas travel, although I have promised my wife a trip to Hawaii early next year (which I'm actually looking forward to as I've never been there and the combination of American shopping with tropical island delights appeals to me).
    I'm also selling my house and we will eventualy move to a nice country area, so next year, my life will change forever.
    For 25 of the last 39 years, I've had to open the business at 7:30am and work through to usually 7pm 51/2 days a week, so I'm really looking forward to being able to sleep in late - until I get a new job that is.

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    Wow, you will be in for some changes! Good luck to you, too, and I hope everything works out well for you. My first stop when I head off in May will be Hawaii - I've been looking forward to it for ages, and will be there for at least two weeks before flying on to Sacramento.

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    I wish you all the luck......what area of photography do you intend to make a career out of ?
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    I hope all goes well for you in the future, Michaela!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennymiata View Post
    I'm in a very similar situation right now.
    I have worked for the company for 39 years(!) and the company has been sold, so I'll be looking for a new job in the new year.
    However, at my age and only having one company on my CV, I think it wil be tough to find a new job, even though I'm very good at what I do.

    The new owners will probably still be using me from time to time for various things, but who knows what will actually occur.

    I have travelled all my working life, mainly to China (at least 100 times) and Hong Kong (somewhere north of 200 times), but with many trips to the US and Europe as well, so I've really had enough of overseas travel, although I have promised my wife a trip to Hawaii early next year (which I'm actually looking forward to as I've never been there and the combination of American shopping with tropical island delights appeals to me).
    I'm also selling my house and we will eventualy move to a nice country area, so next year, my life will change forever.
    For 25 of the last 39 years, I've had to open the business at 7:30am and work through to usually 7pm 51/2 days a week, so I'm really looking forward to being able to sleep in late - until I get a new job that is.

    Good luck Michaela, I feel for you.
    I hope everything works out for you too, Benny. It's a big step!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    I wish you all the luck......what area of photography do you intend to make a career out of ?
    Thanks, Darren. I'm hoping to be able to do something with my landscape photography once I have the time to put into improving my skills, plus I'll continue doing equestrian events on the weekends. I was also thinking of doing a blog of my travels and writing about the shots I take as I go along - maybe there will be interest, maybe not.

    I've read all the threads about going into photography as a business, so I have no delusions about making more than a part-time income from it, but at least I will have the option when I come back from my travels of maybe doing something like studying graphic design. I just don't want to be stuck in an office 40+ hours a week doing data entry. My goal at the moment is to be happy, not rich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance B View Post
    I hope all goes well for you in the future, Michaela!
    Thanks, Lance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michaela View Post
    So, I finish up on 20 January next year, and then I'll be concentrating on my health and fitness as well as putting some solid work into my photography and Photoshop skills to see where things take me. At the end of May, I'll be heading to the US until at least mid-November for an extended road trip. After that? Well, I'll just have to wait and see, but at least there won't be any regrets about paths not taken or opportunities missed.

    Interesting times, indeed ...
    Wow! Best of luck with that, I'm sure you'll have no regrets!

    I see you've been to the US before, so you probably have an idea of how much there is to see & do (and photograph!) over there! It'd be the chance of a lifetime to get to spend 5+ months travelling the US with camera in hand! Just make sure you go to all the national parks you possibly can - they are simply amazing! And you'll never regret climbing Angels Landing in Zion!!!

    I understand where you're coming from, too. A few years of working after I left uni, I realised that I'd studied the wrong degree. Faced with 40 years in the wrong job, I grit my teeth and went back to uni - 7 years part-time study. Finished over a decade ago now, and although my life was literally on hold for 7 years, I can't say that I regret it. Own a business now, doing interesting work, and now starting to feel like it's all paying off...

    ... as for exciting 2012... we just sold our unit 2 weeks ago and bought a house, moving in March '12. Approximately 8 weeks after (hopefully) we move in, my wife is due to give birth to our 1st baby (a girl). Also, next Friday we take off for 2-1/2 weeks in Hawaii for our 'Babymoon'. So I'm counting down the days left at work this year, and strapping myself in for a whirlwind 6 months ahead!

    Again, best of luck and please document your travels in AP at least!

    On that note.., always wondered whether the forum should have a 'Travel' section - Rick?!?
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    Thanks, tcdev! Yes, I've been to the US before - 6 weeks last year and 3 months in 2000. I was born there and we moved to Australia when I was three years old. Five months this time is the plan, but I'm tempted to extend it to spend the winter in San Diego and stay on until spring for the waterfalls in Yosemite - will just have to play it by ear on that one.

    Best wishes for the move into your new house and for the arrival of your baby girl - definitely exciting times for you! Have a wonderful time in Hawaii.

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    Wow, Benny and Michela, nice going in taking that plunge!

    I'm sure there are many people out there too scared or worried, or too tied down to make such moves and unfortunately are probably very much stuck in their positions (whether it be emotional, or financial, or literal if a glue factory).

    I've been in my job for 5.5 years, and I go through the emotions of wanting change (I'm still young, I like changing things in my life), but I do quite enjoy my job still. So that's where we differ.

    But I hope, that if the time ever comes, I'll have the strength to do what you guys decided to do!

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