This is surely the king of first world problems.
You’re lucky enough to have enjoyed a wonderful holiday, soaking up some sun, some culture and, if you’re anything like me, a few bucket-loads of Prosecco too.
Yet the dark clouds descend at the same rate as the aeroplane. Actual dark clouds in my case; par for the course when you’re flying into Heathrow, having departed from sunnier climes!
Not only are you coming home with piles of dirty laundry and a tremendous hangover, the thought of hauling your butt into work on Monday will be weighing heavy on your mind too.
So here’s my advice for how to beat the post-holiday blues — get yourself a job you bloody love!
Glaringly obvious, I grant you, but it was a realisation that hit me just this morning.
You see, I’ve been a total grump since Friday. Pity my poor husband and children. We’ve had an amazing holiday beside the beautiful Lake Garda. We’ve had great family time, lots of laughs and amazing food but as soon as the time came to pack our bags and fly home the miseries hit me like a two tonne truck.
Despite not having lived there since my student days, Italy still feels like home. Hearing the language spoken all day, every day, feels like being surrounded by a warm blanket. The glory of temperatures in the high twenties felt like a literal warm blanket (I’m one of those annoying lassies who is constantly complaining of the cold!). And the pizzas…don’t get me started on the pizzas. Mamma mia!
Coming home was a wrench. But it was also a revelation; I’ve realised that, as sad as I am to be leaving the bel paese, I’m actually pretty excited to be back at my desk this damp and drizzly Monday morning.
Because I bloody love my job!
I love the direction my business is heading in, I love that I have appointments set up with potential new clients this week. I love the pile of books I have sitting on my desk, just waiting for a free moment to dedicate to CPD. I love that I’m going to be spending the next couple of days researching a new industry. I love that I’m starting my first day back writing this wee blog post for you guys.
And I LOVE the thought that someone, somewhere might be reading this, someone with a twinkling of a business idea, a desire to get out of a career rut, someone with the drive to build something for themselves. Someone sick of dealing with the back-to-work blues.
Someone just ready to dip their toe into the freelance life.
My advice to you, I’m going to shamelessly steal from one of the most famous snippets of copy of all time: just do it!