End of an Era

I hadn’t really given much thought to my redundancy lately – that is, until I received my P45 in amongst my Christmas cards in the post last week! Yep, it’s really happening!

My severance pay hit my bank account on Friday and I immediately shifted funds around various high interest current accounts and also put some in Premium Bonds.

As this money is ear-marked to be spent on normal living costs, it’s all staying in cash, not in investments and none of it has been added to my Future Fund – not until I get another job.

I’m also not planning to ‘treat myself’ with any of it – there’s nothing really that I want, although I will use some of it to buy some new work clothes which I will need for my next job.

I’ve been pretty good on the clothes/shoes shopping front – I bought a grand total of 3 tops and one pair of trainers – all year! So yes, I do think it’s time I bought some new decent work gear.

End of an Era

So today was my last day at work. It was kind of surreal saying goodbye to people I’ve worked with for the past 21 years – some of whom I will keep in touch with, others I’ll probably never see again.

There had been lots of tears when a large number of people had departed on Black Friday, but I’ve never been one to cry at work so I held it all in (I noticed I was shaking a little as I handed in my laptop and security pass) until as I was driving out of the work car park for the last time and I shed a few little tears.

What Now?

I’m shortly off on my extended holiday (about a month) to Hong Kong, so there won’t be any new blog posts for a while.

I’ll do a belated December update/round up and something on my goals for 2017 upon my return late in January.

So, there’s nothing else for me to say really, except:

12 thoughts on “End of an Era

  1. I have probably said before..one door closes and another two open up so I am sure you will find something soon. In the meantime have a great time back visiting family and all best wishes for 2017 – looking forward to see what unfolds!

  2. Have a good time off! You deserve it i think! 1 month in Hong Kong sound brilliant. You could look out for FIRE ideas in Hong Kong and let us know about it? I am interested to hear about the FI community in other parts of the world as well.

  3. Hi Weenie,

    A very tough day especially after 21 years, but enjoy your extended holiday, have a great break and Christmas and good luck for the New Year.

    New Year, New Job 🙂
    FIREin’ London

  4. Wishing you a great Christmas and a prosperous 2017 weenie. I’m with John on the another 2 doors open piece. You’ll come back from your extended holiday reinvigorated and will end up in a role far better than you had. Good luck with it.

  5. Happy Christmas Weenie.

    Have a great holiday and I look forward to hearing about the great things that 2017 has in store for you.

  6. Hi Weenie,

    The end of an era indeed – 21 years is a very impressive stint with one company.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year in 2017. Enjoy your time in Hong Kong and I look forward to reading about your goals and your progress in the new year. I’ve really enjoyed following your blog this year – so thank you.


  7. Change – even good positive change – is always stressful on some level. I think having been with one company for as long as you have it’s good to try something different, plus, if there’s any truth to what recruiters say, changing employers is the quickest way to get a pay rise.
    Everything will work out great in the end, and if it’s not great then it’s not yet the end 😉
    I hope you enjoy your holiday.

  8. Wow – that’s a crazy life change to lose your job after 21 years. I hope you are enjoying yourself in Hong Kong, and here’s to a happy and prosperous new year in 2017!

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