Monday, September 20, 2010

Being Grateful

Well, it's been a tough week and a bit. My work with SAbona came to an abrupt end last Friday. It was unexpected at the time as I was in the middle of getting our next issue finalised, although in retrospect I should have seen it coming.
They're looking at restructuring as the costs of printing and distributing a magazine are high, and the income was just not covering the expenses. As my payment was the biggest expense, and the income to pay me came from the magazine revenue, stopping the printed magazine meant that I no longer have a job.
I felt pretty devastated -- having put so much into it since I first started working for them two months after I arrived in Australia (from writing and editing to selling advertising, getting distributors, organising the subscriber list and more). It's also been the only work that I've done since I arrived in Australia, apart from a couple of other articles, and just a short while ago I turned down some other work to focus on the magazine. It's been pretty consuming as there have always been deadlines to meet and being a small team there it wasn't a matter of delegating to anyone else.
But during the last week, I've been thinking about the things that I have to be grateful for...
1. Phillip's work is going really well at the moment.
2. I have the opportunity to help Phillip with his work, which means that we saves the money that he was going to be paying someone else.
3. The income that we received from SAbona sustained us in many ways when things were really tough financially.
4. I am under less pressure, which is great for my stress levels!
5. I have more time to spend with Slade and Kai while they are on their two week holiday, which started today.
6. I was offered the work with SAbona without even having to start looking for work (which was a scary prospect knowing that I was in a new country). And now I am looking for work at a time when I've made contacts in Australia and am more familiar with things (it's still a little scary, but not quite as much).
7. I have more time to get things done around the house -- so there's some decluttering going on at the moment -- as well as other things that I enjoy doing that I haven't had much time for recently.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Gosh Cheryl, that must have been a HUGE shock, but well done on sitting down and counting your blessings rather than just wallowing - you are an amazing journalist and I am sure that before we know it you will be telling us about an exciting new job prospect.
Enjoy the hols with your kiddies!