Sometimes you simply have to focus on the bigger picture – particularly when you’re facing a week that will challenge everything you hold dear.
That was the week I faced on Monday morning.
I left the house unenthusiastically, headed for London. There, I was to hold two job interviews.
Since the merger at work in December, my team has been through a restructure. Nine months ago, I would have said that I would be the first to be made redundant – it was clear that my face didn’t fit with one of our would-be partners.
Colleagues told me it was down to jealousy, but that’s cold comfort when the bills arrive.
But then – miracle of miracles – one of the two companies we were merging with pulled out, taking out of the equation the people who saw me as a threat. Ironically, then, I was the only person in my team to make it through the restructure without having to reapply for my own job.
Less fortunate was my design studio manager who was put in a head-to-head battle against his opposite number at the other company. I was dreading having to interview them both and decide who would stay and who would go.
However, my mobile rang as I walked through the door of the office on Monday. The other company’s candidate had pulled out, leaving the guy I have line-managed for 5 years to get the job by default. He is a terrific designer and coach and absolutely deserves it.
So that was a relief.
Then on Tuesday, we were all expecting Theresa May to invoke Article 50, setting the UK on a 2-year crash out of the EU. Thankfully, she didn’t, but it’s coming – and she’s determined to go for the full-on, devil-may-care, hard Brexit.
“The Irish embassy in London has had to take on extra staff to cope with demand from people in Britain following the Brexit vote”
In mitigation, my partner, Damon, took a step this week he had never previously imagined he would take. I know he did it with a heavy heart, which is why I admire him all the more for doing it.
He applied for Irish citizenship.
Although he is British, his grandparents were Irish. That means he can register as a foreign birth. He’s not alone – the Irish embassy in London has had to take on extra staff to cope with demand from people in Britain following the Brexit vote. The number of applications has doubled since June.
For them, as for Damon, it means they can keep their EU citizenship. Their freedom to live, work and travel in 27 other countries remains intact.
Most important of all, for us, it keeps alive our plans to move to France.