A hard goodbye

Another chapter closed today and this one was a big and very difficult one.

I first walked into a Government traineeship at 17 years of age. I thought I knew everything about life but in reality, I had no idea. I had just stepped out of high school and had a choice of a Management traineeship at large Australian retailer or a Government traineeship with the South Australian Government. I went with the Government. After all a job in Government is a job for life, a nice little safety net and not everyone gets that opportunity.

I stayed in Government for a long time.  A few times I applied for other jobs on the “outside” but the security of Government was hard to give up.  So I stayed in my safe little bubble.

I celebrated what feels like an entire lifetime of milestones whilst in Government, 18th Birthday, 21st Birthday, engagement, wedding, the birth of many children and divorce.

I made lifelong friends along the way.

When I went on Maternity leave a little under 2 years ago it was unlikely I was going to return. When I walked out the door then I resigned myself to just being a stay at home Mum. I didn’t think there was anything else I could do with 4 young children. I knew working in an office over an hour away from home was unlikely to suit my new family dynamics but I also knew that I need more than Mum duties. I felt trapped and felt like I had no choice but to give up on a career.

Then EVERYTHING changed, I started building a life for myself and found interests that I could turn into a business that would allow me to work from home and be there for my kids.

I started studying and working hard to create a business.

Today I officially resigned from my “day job” in Government. It’s time to remove the safety net and take a chance and start believing in myself. The freedom, flexibility and reward of running my own business is far too great to ever return to an office environment.

I saw a quote once that said “build a life you don’t need to take a holiday from” and I think I’m almost there. I love and am dedicated to my business, my clients and my writing and the time I put into succeeding proves that.

So many people say to me, I don’t know how you do it!  You know what, I don’t know how I do it either.  Somehow everything just seems to fit and flow and I have this fabulous world where I can be a Mum, a student and a business woman. I think it works because I love it.  To me it’s not a job, it’s so much more than that and now with the safety net removed, it’s all I have.

Sometimes, when all the kids are in bed I sit here for a moment and think “wow, so much has changed”, tonight I’m sitting here with a nice bottle of bubbles, reminiscing on good times, good memories and the wonderful characters I came across.

Thank you SA Government, it’s been a blast 

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