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Word has most definatley spread at work with every second person stopping me in the hallway eager to hear about the progress of my travel plans and how many days I have to go (I secretly think they are counting down the days with me because they can't wait for me to leave!).

That's 13 working days for those of you playing at home.

I have mixed feelings.

I kind of wish that everything in my life wasn't going very well because then it would make it easier for me to leave! But it isn't bad. My life here is wonderful. Work is going well, I have made some great friendships in and out of work, my weekends are full of things to do, I can now run into someone I know whilst grocery shopping and have a yarn with them, and I come home every night and get asked "How was your day?." The beach is just around the corner and there are also mountain walks, waterfalls, and farms within easy reach.

A wise woman told me yesterday that it is great that I am leaving when things are going well because I can look back on Mackay with a fondness and be able to maintain friendships with those left behind instead of it leaving a bitter taste in my mouth... and she's right.

I got a phone call from one of my families yesterday saying that they were talking about me over dinner the previous night (because I am such a good topic of conversation! ha!) and they couldn't remember when I was leaving so they decided to ring just to thank me for my involvement over the last 5 years. Calls like that are icing on the cake for me. I must do something right once in a while.

Saying goodbye to those clients that I have worked with for a long time now will definately be hard. Same goes for my work colleagues, I don't think I will find such a fun and eclectic bunch who will put up with my annoying quirks. But of course, they will find someone to fill my seat and will easily soldier on without me.

Things at work should be on the wind down- completing plans, overdue reports and developing handover notes- but obviously, in the human services industry, people's lives stop for no one. I still have a to-do list the length of a toilet roll but slowly and surely things are gradually getting crossed off it. Also, somehow in the last few weeks I have seemingly gained the reputation of being the 'go-to' girl for any glitches with excel spreadsheets...drop down boxes are about the extent of my skills haha but I try to help out when I can.

As for extra curricular activities, I am busily organising removalists, biometric assessments for my visa and shopping for backpacks. The landlady started showing potential new tenants through my room as of yesterday... so everything is starting to feel real.

Sadness, happiness, nervousness, excitement, worry, stressed, relaxed, tired and buzzing.

I choose (j) - all of the above.

Posted by KylieClark 14:42 Archived in Australia Tagged reflection preparation goodbyes feelings

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