Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Happy news…

I think I’ve mentioned that things look a bit grim at work and they are getting even worse. After a very disappointing annual bonus, a minimal pay raise for 2010 was announced today for everybody, that is much less than the current inflation rate. It’s quite funny (in a sarcastic way) that the company is still profitable but the head decided 'not to ignore the warnings' (as he said) about the following years and keep the expenses at a minimum!
So, as far as I can see my salary’s been reduced for the next year… YAY!!!

Since as a person I always see the glass half full, I can say that I am happy to at least have a job and be offered some kind of pay rise. Not having a proper pay rise is of course not the end of the world. However, I’d like to see my efforts being recognized…

So, I’ve decided to organize my next moves and see what options I have. Starting early next year, I’ll get a new chair and desk, organize a study area in my new place and take e-lessons to improve my CV. I’ve already decided which exams I’ll take to get another certificate that will help me advance. I’ve started in my current job two years ago as a simple graduate, since I had just finished my postgraduate degree. I managed to evolve from that to a better position but I believe that now it could be time to progress.

I don’t like the idea of abandoning the ship while it’s sinking but to be honest, I don’t think that the company is sinking in the first place… I know that I should be loyal and help the company in its time of need, but I am pretty sure they would fire me without a second thought if things were different.

On a very different and happy tone:

I spent my Monday evening with JJ. We met after my gym workout, had dinner at my place and he stayed over. We had a really nice time. He brought me small presents from his trip and a Christmas gift to open on that day. I had bought him something but didn’t find the time to wrap it properly so I’ll give it to him later.
He sent me yesterday a really sweet text message. Apart from all the really flattering things he mentioned about me, he wanted to share with me my worries and frustrations because he really does want to make this work. He suggested I should be honest with him if there’s something concerning me. So, I did.

I told him how inexperienced I am when it comes to relationships and that I sometimes fear we’re going too fast. He was in a 7 year relationship that ended early this year. He’s more used to sharing his life than I am. He thanked me for the comment and added that he respects my point of view. We’ll discuss it more when we meet tomorrow, but I think it went quite well… Double YAY!!!


  1. It sounds like you are definitely doing the right thing lookign at your options in the new year. One idea I had for a friend in a similar situation was getting her work to pay for her course - hence a better remuneration package even if it's a small pay rise.

    I hope your relationshiop with JJ goes well. I have little relationship experience too, and it is quite the minefield! I look forward to reading more about it :-)

  2. All in all, sounds like a rather positive moment. Not bad.

  3. im having the same issues with work! uurgh.

    Great news about you an JJ! i'm glad things are going well :)

  4. @Mike I tried talking to them about sponsoring my training but at the moment I can't see it happening. I don't even know if I want to be commited to them, if they do...

    @GJ Thanks

    @Wozzel I think many people do. Things are still tough, but I can't sit idle not doing something

  5. JJ sounds like a really genuine guy. I can see why you're trying so hard to make it work. I have the same worries when I like a guy. My relationship experience is zero, so I think it's legit. Haha. Glad things seem to be going well. :)