When I left my journalism job of 20 years in March all I had was a bunch of ideas and a financial cushion which meant I didn’t need to worry about the mortgage for a while.
I didn’t know whether I wanted another full-time job or to freelance – and freelance as what?
What I did know is that I wanted new challenges.
Friends told me to take my time, try stuff out and see where it led.
What does ‘exploring options’ mean?
You hear people saying they spent time ‘exploring options’ but I never really understood what that meant in practice.
However, I found that my days quickly filled up meeting contacts and former colleagues, researching, reading and going on courses to enhance my existing skills and learn some new ones.