It seems that I’ve been living life at full throttle the past couple of weeks. That’s what you get if you want to be a doer.
First of all I wanted to invest in my future, which I did by buying my own place (yay!). So scary and exciting at the same time that it should deserve its own post, but as I am prioritizing, that story will have to wait. Consequently I had to borrow money from the bank. Is it still borrowing when you have to pay an arm and a leg on top to clear your debt? I really wonder how they collected all the needed info back in the days when there was no internet, because man how I Googled. Learned all about negociating with banks (it’s a bit like playing poker) , mortgage interests, the ECB and financial institutions in general. Did you know that every bank is only allowed to have a limited market share? If their market share is too low one day, they will lower their interest, if they have too high a share the next, they will increase their interest.. It’s a weird and a special business.
After 3 weeks of negociating, I still haven’t decided which bank to choose. Can’t they just tell me from the start: this is the bank where you have to be, this is the lowest rate they can give you and don’t bother coming back, because no one in the market will be able to make you a better offer. Apparently not. Banks like to play games, that much’s for sure.
Second of all I want to travel. Given the fact that I invested most of my savings in my new apartment, I would temporarily need to take on a second job in order to finance my trip. 3 months of Australia- New Zealand unfortunately don’t come cheap. After a quick brainstorm it came to me that I should return to the catering business. Decent pay and super flexible. That one’s a winner.
Last but not least I felt the need to chase a new career, for which I took the first baby steps.
a) Told my boss that I was up for a new challenge, either within or outside of the company. I’m just in need of a different job where I can be truly passionate. Now they found someone to succeed me, I’m going to train her and we’ll see what happens next. Exciting times!
b) Asked myself what that new challenge should look like and it made me do the following things: Maybe I want to become an independant. I’m still in love with marketing, just not sure if I want to persue that carreer independantly. Maybe on the long run, for now I’d better keep it as a (professional) hobby.
c) Realized that I should try out a couple of test projects to see if point B is the right way to go. So I’m recently consulting a communication agency (specialized in NGO communication) on strategic marketing for their new up and coming campaign. I’m also going to help out a friend by setting up a long term marketing plan that she/we’ll have to implement in order to increase her business.
d) Finally took the first step in the book that I want to write by starting this blog. The subject of the book has nothing to do with the blog, it’s just a good way of starting to write and get some practice in those rusty fingers of mine.
Most importantly I want to do things that I like doing. That’s my personal, main priority. I’m convinced that if you set realistic goals and where the road towards achievement makes you happy, you will eventually reach those goals. Saying that you need to lose weight by the end of the month, may be a realistic goal, but if you don’t like to watch your weight (I know I don’t), then chances are slim that you will be equally successful as someone who loves to slim down. If you need to achieve goals where the road to success makes you go *bweugh*, then find someone who does like to take that road and let them do it or let them at least help you! Set your priorities straight. Set your goals and go after them! Don’t let your goal become a dream.