Four months after I resigned from my job in the City I find myself…back in the City. Yep, the girl that desperately wanted to escape a City office is now back in a big building full of City workers. Although the irony of this is not lost on me, it’s not entirely true. Yes, I am working in a big office building again and yes, the office is situated in the City, but that’s as far as the resemblance goes.
About three days a week, I am now working for a tech start up based in the WeWork office at Moorgate. For those of you not familiar with WeWork: it’s a co-working space for freelancers, start ups, non profits and everyone else who wants to join really. Imagine a lounge area on every floor, Scrabble (I am a big fan of Scrabble so had to mention it), offices with glass walls on which you can write and a building full of people working on their laptops.
The work in itself is quite varied, from writing PR and marketing articles to cold calling potential business partners to signing shareholder certificates. I can’t say my first full day back in an office after four months of freedom was easy (hell no!), but I’m very excited to be part of a young, fast growing company in a buzzing environment. At the same time I am happy to have two days to do other stuff such as my own little projects. All in all, I am fairly satisfied with the first week of my ‘new normal’; it has enough structure to keep me productive and enough flexibility to keep me interested.
On Thursday, something cool happened. I was in Soho, on my Vespa, waiting for someone to confirm a meeting when a guy with a camera asked me if he could take a picture of me. I told him he could and then he had a question. ‘If there’s one advice in life you could give me, what would it be?’ ‘Do what you love and enjoy every moment’ I said instantly (officially that’s 2 tips in 1, I know). ‘Is that what you are doing?’ he asked, and I told him ‘I’m working on it.’ When I drove to my meeting I realised that’s exactly what I am doing: working on it and enjoying the process while I’m at it!