What Being Made Redundant Taught Me

After a stroll around Hampstead yesterday, I found myself reflecting on my redundancy. Being made redundant sucks, but it also can be a great thing to focus on you and where you want to be in the next few years.

It was only seven weeks ago when Mothercare UK went into administration. We were told we weren’t getting paid that month and that we were being made redundant with immediate effect.

My heart sunk when the news broke, I loved my time at Mothercare HQ, everyone was really friendly and it had a nice working atmosphere. When I look back on previous jobs I’ve had, Mothercare was the best. But, things turned sour when we were called into a room on Wednesday (6th November) morning to be told that Mothercare UK was heading into administration.

Not being paid sucks for sure, but luckily I have savings to tide me over and Joe (my hub) is in a strong financial position.

What’s next in my career?

I’ve just started a dreamy temp role in London doing Digital Design once again. It’s for three months but could lead into a permanent position, so fingers crossed for me.

More time to spend on my blog!

Having a blog is keeping my creative juices flowing! I’ve been spending a lot of time writing blog posts, taking photographs and trying to be more active on Instagram. I don’t have a HUGE following but I care about the people that follow my little blog bubble.

A little focus on me and my family.

With all the free time (before I got the temp job), I’ve been going down the gym three to four times a week. And, doing kettlebell workouts at home occasionally.

As well as this, my nan got rushed to hospital recently, so I’ve been visiting her every day. She doesn’t remember her days and who has visited as she has Dementia, but I’m so close with my grandparents that I want to make sure they are both doing ok.

Working on my portfolio.

Another great thing about being made redundant is being able to work on personal design projects. I’ve started an A-Z collage series and hope to finish them this month. I’ve got lots of ideas brimming on the surface, thinking of creating more collages (hand cut and digital) which makes me excited!

If you’ve been made redundant and stumbled upon this blog post, try not to worry, keep your chin up and use the opportunity to try something new. And, remember to focus on you for a little while!

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  1. Phil
    December 26, 2019 / 10:35 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that. Such a positive message from an unbelievable situation, have a wonderful 2020!

    • zoey
      December 27, 2019 / 11:33 am

      Thanks Phil! Have a great 2020.

    • zoey
      December 28, 2019 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks Kathleen! It definitely does. x

  2. Georgia Rose
    December 30, 2019 / 7:31 am

    So sorry you’ve had to go through this! You’ve managed to find the positives in it and thats such a beautiful thing to do. Good luck with your new job, my fingers are crossed that you land the permanent position! Wishing you a happy new year!

    Georgia Rose | http://www.justgeorgiarose.com

    • zoey
      January 1, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks Georgia! I hope so too – we shall see what happens! x

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