It’s my last day at this job and I’m excited and nervous and a little sad to be leaving.

This job was a year-long maternity contract and it wraps up today. I have a dance intensive this week, which is why my job is ending on a Monday, instead of Friday. After that...I’m beginning the first period of actual unemployment in my life. I was lucky in that I got hired for this job literally the day after I defended my thesis last year, but I was still looking for work for six months prior to that. I hope this job search doesn’t last that long. I’m in a holding pattern with a job I interviewed for a couple weeks ago. My possible future boss went on holiday for two weeks without moving the hiring process along, so he called before he left to let me know that they’ve narrowed the search down to me and one other candidate and would like to pick things up again the week of July 6 when he’s back. In the meantime, I’m going ahead with other applications and my EI claim.

I’m going to miss my coworkers here. They’re great people and I’ve sincerely enjoyed working with them. I’m nervous about finding new employment. But, secretly, I’m kind of excited to have a bit of a break. I’ve been working extremely hard all year and have been feeling pretty burned out. A period of unemployment (and a chance to focus on other things) might do me some good...provided it doesn’t go on for too long. There are just a lot of unknowns right now, which is not something that I’m typically comfortable with. But hopefully good things are in store!