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I didn't do so well on my Missions for the week, but I had a good week and spent my time well, so I'm not too fussed.

Missions for last week, missions for next week. )
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I finished my missions for this week and felt like the exercise worked well, so I've set more for next week )

Despite being quite busy with family-time, I've also spent some time reflecting on where I am in life right now. Looking for jobs helped with that. I don't want to work doing something I don't care about. I don't want to work doing something where what I've been doing for the last few years is irrelevant. I want to teach, and research, and write, and do activism. I've made up a budget and the teaching I'm doing now is enough to support me, if I'm not extravagant. Living on a budget is a constraint, but it's far less of a constraint than working in a job that I don't want to do. I'll try it out for the next couple of months and see how I go and whether I end up eating into my savings. I'm going to keep looking for and applying for jobs and I hope that I'll find something, but I'm not going to work just for the money. In the meantime, I'm going to use the time I have free to get more of my thesis published, to fix people's bicycles, to work on the issues I care about, to write fiction, learn greek, practice ukulele and accordion...

I've also decided this in part because I've been reading Prosperity Without Growth, which has been a good reminder that ultimately we need to work towards a system where people make less money (evening out inequalities and moving towards an income that allows for happiness, but not overconsumption) and spend more time on activities that don't put a burden on the planet.
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I'm feeling a bit lost at the moment. I'm starting to feel very isolated, wondering if I'm going to find my way back into research and about work and what I'm going to do next. I guess I'm also not that comfortable with having *real* holidays, the kind where you actually don't need to do anything (okay, apart from a few hours of teaching a week).

So I think I'm going to give myself a few small missions for each week so that I can feel like I'm making some progress with life. This week's missions include:
* Finding another job to apply for (searches so far have yielded few results),
* Finding out how/whether we can get recycling happening in our flats again (may have to wait 'til after Christmas - I'm not sure if councils will be running),
* Ask my neighbour if she still needs proofreading for her paper,
* Work out which journal I want to try to get a thesis chapter published in,
* Cycle to the beach at least once.


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