It's here. It's finally here. My very first day no longer working as a Queensland public servant.
Emotions are quite mixed - I'm so exited to be moving on. After 15 years working in social housing in all its various guises, a change is most welcome. I'm bored wit the subject matter and ready to dive into something new.
I'm sad to be leaving my colleagues. The people I'm surrounded by are some of the most passionate, intelligent and socially-conscious types you could ever imagine working with. Everyone here wants to make life better for those who are in need. Trying to get things done in the most political of environments is a challenge at the best of times, and without going into too much detail, I can assure you that these are not the best of times for those of us working under the Newman Government.
Tuesday was my farewell morning tea and I'm still feeling a little overwhelmed by the send-off I was given. Apart from the attendance of many and a lovely voucher to spend in my favourite yarn shop, not one but two cards were needed for everyone to write their words of goodbye.
If you're a colleague/former colleague from Housing Services/Department of Housing and reading this, thank you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, your passions, your commitment to getting things done. I've learned so much, everything really, from you.
Looking forward though, I'm getting ready to spend as much time as I can with my Brisbane buddies before I head off. This weekend I'm off to another 'knit camp' (Qld Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists) before I have to throw myself completely into packing up the apartment and life and head south.