cjm's Journal - ERE in the UK

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Re: cjm's Journal - ERE in the UK

Post by cjm » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:06 am

Noedig wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:12 pm
cjm - you still with us man? What happened to the bike tour, I would like to hear. Cheers!
Hey Noedig, I'm still here, although it's been almost a year since visiting ERE, and I had almost forgotten about this journal. How time flies when you're busy!

I didn't go bike touring as such in the end. Instead, I went for quite a few 15-25 mile rides around the surrounding countryside and did some work helping to renovate a house and garden last spring, for about three months after finishing my previous job. I was then offered a full time role as maternity cover by a family friend, and I've been busy grafting away there ever since.

Thanks for the nudge, I'll try to write a full update in the next few days.

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Re: cjm's Journal - ERE in the UK

Post by Did » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:54 am

I can vouch for the frozen banana ice cream. It's unbelievably good. Peel them before freezing and put them in bags.

To OP, you sound like you're in a fabulous position! Tough as it is, we all pretty much go through heartbreak in our 20s and sometimes beyond. Best advice is to get back on the bike(s), so to speak. Quickly and generously.

Your financial position is a thing of envy for your age. Well done.

Any chance you could get some sort of happy side gig/business going? Work half time and enjoy your youth the other half. See bike advice. I'm 42. 20s seem like a blur. If I had a time machine, I don't think I'd work hard for ERE, that's for fucking sure. Go to Australia for a couple of years and soak it up my friend. Life that is.

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Re: cjm's Journal - ERE in the UK

Post by Noedig » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:58 pm

That frozen banana stuff sounds freaking awesome, I will try that.

"Go to Australia for a couple of years and soak it up my friend" Got to admit, wish I'd done that, I look back over the decades of slog and a bright couple of years of Oz would be a nice thing to recall, particularly if I could paste it right over one particular two year crap job that paid plenty but cost me self-respect and stress.

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Re: cjm's Journal - ERE in the UK

Post by cjm » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:23 pm

Amazing how a few days can turn into a few months...

@Did @Noedig - thank you both for your comments, although I have not (yet) gone to Australia, I have had plenty to keep me busy!

A lot has happened in the past 18 months. As I mentioned previously, about three months after finishing my last day at my previous job, I was offered a new position elsewhere. It's a small company which provides niche services, predominantly within the water industry. Whilst the role started out as maternity cover managing data for clients, it has progressed into a project management position which oversees everything from enquiry to closing out of each contract. Despite taking a lot of my time, the job has been really interesting, and I've learned a huge amount. Working for a small business in a diverse role has helped a great deal as I get directly involved in each of the processes within the service delivery. It hasn't been without its difficulties, but on the whole, I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience so far, and I've made a heap of connections - many of whom have become good friends. Whilst the £26k salary is unspectacular, it's enough to stash a good chunk (approx. 60%) away each month after my modest living costs. With consistent saving and some stock market growth my assets now sit somewhere around £67k. Hoping to start increasing my income through salary rises and side gigs in the near future.

Outside work I've been busy, too. I spent the summer playing cricket for a new club in a higher league, making loads of good mates in the process and having an awesome time. I also started playing hockey again after a few years' break, so much of my free time has been spent training, competing and socializing with one of the two teams.

I also took a two week trip to Malta, Athens & Sofia with my Brother. We chose to go in October when the tourist crowds have lessened and prices have dropped, whilst also still enjoying warm, sunny weather. We managed to get flights from Birmingham > Malta > Athens > Sofia > Birmingham for a total of £94 each, which is ludicrous when you think that it can cost as much to get a train from my hometown to London! Anyway, we had a great time, staying in hostels, wandering all over the place and enjoying a relaxing break from the normal routine.

I've also had a number of other adventures including watching Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds on tour at Glastonbury Abbey, cycling/running all over the place & countless great nights out and meals with friends.

Still vegan, still loving it, although it's been a long time since I made the frozen banana ice cream :lol:

Hope everyone is well

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