Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Finally Finished

There are certain times when you think that the day you've been waiting for will never come.
When I went back to work in August, I knew I would not be returning for another school year.
Sunday was emotionally draining as there were video presentations for leaving staff.  So many moving on; my boss retiring after 12 years here.  Saying all those goodbyes certainly took its toll.  But yesterday, all was calm, and I was finally able to get my work done.
I was finally able to call it quits.
Today was my first day of freedom.  Believe me, after all the workplace chaos and turmoil of the past year, this feels like a new lease on life.
I'm open to all the new possibilities that are awaiting me.
This past Saturday, I met with some of the yarnbombing group again to crochet and make plans.
After my last blog post, I was contacted by a local lady who found me through a blog friend in India.  Now how's that for networking?  She has been looking for other crafters in the country to meet up with.  Turns out she only cross-stitches (something I used to do a lot of and would like to pick back up again), but had found a small group of knitters on Ravelry called Kuwait Crafters who she has been able to connect with.
In order to try and meet more people, she is hosting a World Wide Knit in Public event this coming Saturday at one of the Costa Coffee locations on the seaside.  I agreed to help the cause by posting to my yarnbombing chat group and to Instagram and having others do the same.
The way things are already playing out, I have a feeling I'm going to be a very busy crafter in the months to come.
The constant creative mess doesn't seem to bother Jingles in the least.  
Happy day,


kathy b said...

Happy Happy dAY!~!!!!
I would love to make those crochet hearts! I'm going to look them up.
I love each day of my retirement as a nurse. I have so many things going, I don't know how I worked.
WEll, I do know that I was exhausted from trying to have fun and work.
Im so blessed.
Bless your heart!

Createology said...

Congratulations Tammy on your retirement and new lease on your life. I know it sounds cliché...however it is true..."I am so busy, how did I ever have time to work?" Creative Crochet Bliss and June JOY Dear...

Dagmar said...

Happy happy first day of doing whatever makes you happy and it's not going in to work! Love the fact that you already have a group to craft with!
Happy June and the rest of the months as well!

Linda said...

I'm happy for you! :) Congratulations!

I remember when I knew I wasn't returning to the Chicago campus while off on my maternity leave 20 years ago and while I was happy, I was also sad once we moved to a new town (here 20 years later) and I was suddenly a stay-at-home mom, away from the place that I loved. It took me a while to get used to that, and here I am now - here longer at this campus than I was there in Chicago. Funny how life works. I have about 4 years left, and I know I'll be happy when that day comes but also filled with mixed emotions because that's just how I am. I'm always contemplating how fast life flies. Too fast in my opinion.

Your friend,

Susan said...

Oh Tammy, I am SO HAPPY for you. I know that in the past, when I had a few horrid jobs, I felt like a new person when I left them. How wonderful that you are FREE! Susan

Quinn said...

Congrats. Tammy! Keep that "new lease on life" feeling tucked away in a safe place where you can access it often :)

Kate said...

Sending you lots of blessings for this new chapter in your life. How exciting! So many possibilities are open to you. I look forward to seeing all your pursuits, crafty and otherwise.

Teresa Kasner said...

I am so very happy for you that you get to do what you want with your time now! Woohoo! I have a feeling your creativity will blossom like a flower, now! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Preeti said...

I can understand your feeling of being relax after a long time work as I have done that too:) nice to know that you have a group of crafters to spend time with. Good luck with your projects and yarn bombing and wish you a great crafty time ahead:)

Chickpea said...

How exciting for you! Such a fantastic feeling of freedom and possibilities. I look forward to all the future crafting projects and love those little hearts!

Mini said...

Hi Tammy,
Congrats for the new phase of life .
Thanking you for all the help in spreading the word about WWKIP. It means a lot to me. How about some crochet lessons when we meet :)

I have been reading your blog in past few days and I'm amazed how you find so many positives about Life in Kuwait. When I shifted to Kuwait, I wanted to know so much about this country and visited few blogs.I was a bit depressed after reading not so good things and wondered how people can be happy here.
Your blog has changed my views and I now believe its the people who make a place a happy place.

crafty cat corner said...

Lovely post Tammy and I hope you enjoy your creative time. Thanks for being such a positive influence on me and others, I often feel uplifted after reading your posts.

podso said...

Congratulations, Tammy. What an amazing milestone in your life. From my experience and others i know, you will soon wonder how you had time to work and probably won't have time to miss your old life. I like how you are open to what life may offer in the years ahead.

~*~Patty S said...

Enjoy your new start and fresh beginnings...
as you surely will dear Tammy with your sunny outlook on life.
Yarn bombing is something I get such a kick out of when I come across it while out and about. Looking forward to some photos on your YB endeavors :-)
Happy June!
p.s. thank you for popping by my Magpie's Nest...I do enjoy rainy days and the richness and freshness they always bring.

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

so happy to hear about all these great news Tammy!!!!! Enjoy your creativeness and all the best, my dear!!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

Little Treasures said...

I wish you all the best Tammmy! I am happy for you and hope (fingers crossed) that I will be able to do the same after a year. To call it quits and be free.
Happy crafting and loads of success with the craft group!

Caterina Giglio said...

Congratulations!! Hope you enjoy your new freedom and cannot wait to see the manifestations of it in your daily life! cheers!! xo

linda said...

It must feel strange to be free and know that you never have to go to work again. I hope that you enjoy your retirement Tammy and find the time to do the things you love to do. I have just got back to work after a month off sick and it feels like I have never been away. I can retire in a months time if I want to but can't afford to so I will probably work till I drop, but I only work 3 days a week anyway so It's not too bad. I'm looking forward to seeing all the crafty things you are going to get up to, exciting times. :) xx

Amy at love made my home said...

It sounds as though you are going to be a very busy crafter indeed! So many new things coming your way already, how great is that!! Enjoy! x

Mereknits said...

Congrats to you Tammy, I know this has been a long time coming. Now you can take a deep breath and relax! How fun to have new people to meet and play with. Hugs,

Blondie's Journal said...

I didn't know any of this, Tammy, but I truly wish you all the best. You are already off on to new adventures and I admire you for that. I'm so shy and really need a good nudge. I think you will be very happy.

I loved your comment---you are truly an inspiration when it comes to eating well, we have talked before. Thanks for being such a help in the times I struggle.

Jane xxx

crafty cat corner said...

Life is a continuous set of challenges Tammy. I hope the next phase is good for you.
Thanks for your uplifting posts and long may they continue.

Aishwarya said...

Hi Tammy

I exactly know how you feeling cause I did that four years ago after 20 years of service. :) The first four days I remember I just slept even during the day. I am enjoying this freedom every single day. Four years seem to have just flown by. I love love it...

Have loads of fun... catching up with friends and hobbies.

Lots of love

summersundays-jw said...

Enjoy this new adventure in your life. How could it not be wonderful to knit by the sea (unless it's 118 degrees)!!!! Jan

handmade by amalia said...

Enjoy your new adventures, Tammy. How wonderful to have more time for crafting.

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