Back On Track

Hey friends, 

I think it’s time for a little career update. (What a concept!) 

I could sum it up this way; “We’re not in Latvia anymore, Toto!” 

Hmmm, that bastardisation of a classic movie line only works if my writing sticks in your mind like chewy clings to hair….

For those with more than my old blog posts ruminating around in their heads, you can get the context for that declaration here

Remember when I briefly worked for those number-lovin’ Lats last year? What a misstep that was. 

*eye roll*

Two weeks ago I started a new administrative job in a small property law practice. Being a part-time role, it is much less financially rewarding than my stint at the Latvian Embassy, but it is so much more rewarding in ways that money can’t buy. For instance, I don’t have to rush out the door and battle morning peak hour traffic…. whoop glory! 

Most importantly, I fit there. 

As someone who bangs on about non-conformism and can’t think of anything sadder than wearing a workplace – or any place – cloak of invisibility, it may seem strange that fitting in (at work) rates so highly for me, but it does, and here’s why. 

When you fit, there’s ease. 

This means that if you’re wired like I am, a compelling, confounding yet alluring mix of confidence, rebellion and stupidly high expectations of myself when it comes to learning (some) new things, feeling a sense of ease and rightness is critical to not having a meltdown when, shock, horror, you don’t perfect something after 3.4 minutes seconds. 

I know, right? It’s not as if anyone in the history of ever – except me – couldn’t grasp something after one rushed explanation… oh, is the sarcastica font showing up on your screen? I sure hope so. 

Being the new girl, being a beginner, starting over again; that can be challenging. 

The thing is, there’s no alternative path. New things are new. And I, and you, can’t know in advance everything that is required. Bummer dude. 

As my new job is in a legal practice, where I have many years of experience, the familiarity of that helps me cope with any omygodimissedthatthing freak outs that may crop up. I’ve held similar roles before and I’ve loved them and excelled in them. It’s been a while though, so some forms, processes and procedures have changed, and the way things are done always changes from business to business. 

Do I scan it and copy it for the file? 

Is it filed under number, number, name, date or name, number, number, date? 

Why are these phones not working!? (That one’s universal but the frustration is always new!)

Knowing what a PDF is isn’t the same as being familiar with Adobe. 

Where are the pens? 

Who took my pen? Seriously, give it back. (Yes, I have an issue with pens, deal with it.)

Overwhelmingly, what I feel every afternoon as I follow the tram tracks to the office, is that I’m back on track. 

I have a job I know I can succeed in, and that makes me so happy. 

Bonus: Mirrors everywhere, cheeky selfies have never been so easy! 


Now gainfully employed, I remain, your compelling, confounding, alluring pal,

Annette  😄 



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A new chapter…

Hey there, I have something exciting to share. Ready?

Two weeks from today, at about this time, I’ll be falling into my car, tired but hopefully jazzed about my first day at my new job. 

Yes, you read that correctly. I finally found a job! Or they found me – either way I’m pretty pumped about it. 

I think it will be a good fit. I’m going back to working my administrative magic in a small law firm, part-time. 

I know I’ll have aching hands at first, if there’s lots of typing.

I know I’ll pick up the phone and go completely blank about the name of the firm.

For sure, I’ll need to ask the same question five times, at least. 

Being a beginner in a professional setting will challenge my (still) sometimes ridiculous expectations of myself, there’s no point trying to gloss over it. I’ll be mindful of cut myself a break rather than beat myself up when I don’t know ALL OF THE THINGS after a week, or even two or three months. 

Remind me of that please, will you? #personalgrowth 

Even though I’ll be tired in a way I haven’t been for a long time, I’m looking forward to it. 

I might, just might, become a meal planner! Well, sort of. We shall see. 

Phew! It has been just over two years since the last time I started a new job (aside from my blink-and-you’ll-miss-it time at the Latvian Embassy 😉).

I just wanted to share that good news with you, my lovely online friends. We need all the good news we can get at the moment don’t you think? I sure do. 

All I need now is some fab new shoes, and I’ll be all set. 

Wish me luck. I start on Valentine’s Day…. naaaw, how totes romantic. 😍

I hope things in your world are goodly. Got some good news of your own to share? You know I want to hear it. 

As my literary guru Liz Gilbert says, ONWARDS! 


Good News Week

Good morning! 

I have some super amazingly good news – I start a new job today. It’s an administration coordinator’s role at a market research company, I think it could be fab. And as a BONUS I’m starting at lunchtime today – very dignified. 


I have even more good news – my love for Instagram has resulted in a sweet milestone this week. @igiveyoutheverbs is 600 strong – woo hooooo!! I am such a fan of social media – it connects us to ace people all over the place, to bloggers and artists and new friends you’d never meet as they live in far off places. 

So it’s a pretty special week for me. 

Next week will be special too, as my blog will be celebrating one year of life, and 100 posts. 

What a ride! 

I have learned so much in the past year – at times I thought my head was going to explode, but thankfully, after mopping up a few tears, I had the encouragement around me to just keep trying. I’m so glad I did! 

To those of you who have been reading from the very start, a huge and heartfelt thanks. To those who have boarded the I Give You The Verbs train along the way, an equally big thank you. There are a LOT of great blogs out there, so the fact that anyone chooses mine is astounding! Thanks for all your comments, your kindnesses and encouraging words. 

It would be rad to have you join the subscribers’ gang or the Facebook crew or my #InstaTribe. There are loads of ways to connect, ensuring you’ll never miss a thing! 

So, are you having a great week too? 

Sending kids off to kinder or school? Back into a more normal routine? 

Share your good news in the comments. I want to know what’s going on with YOU. 

And if your week is nothing to write home about, share that too. We’re all in this together. 

Much love, 


Annette xx

All the news that’s fit to blog

Hi friends,

I’ve been a bit busy lately and have neglected the Verbs a bit. Sorry about that!

I have some news – really very good news…. I found a job!

Those who have been reading for a while will know that I’ve been looking for work for a long time…. and I’m pleased to report that after slogging away at applications for months and months, getting my hopes up, having them dashed, being rejected repeatedly, feeling defeated, brushing myself off and getting so, so close… one of those rejections turned into a second chance, another interview and a trial that’s turned into a part time job.

I won’t give you all the details, I’m not sure how much work/blog crossover I’m comfortable with, but I’m working Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday every week, doing admin tasks and a little blogging and social media strategising for a small, family run business, and I’m really enjoying myself. I’m working with a nice group of ladies, the parking is free and the coffee is good.

Huzzah! There’s money in my bank account again, money that I earned. That feels so good.

I want to say a sincere, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has cheered me on, sent me cards and messages, offered words of encouragement, sent supermarket vouchers, arrived on my doorstep with bags of groceries, left me fresh eggs, handed me cash, cooked for me, invited me out, sent their best juju over Instagram or Facebook, asked me how I’m going… it has meant SO MUCH to not be trudging through this season alone. It has been the difference between despair and hope.

Who knows if this part-time gig will last, for now I’m thinking of it as a ‘summer job’ and working on paying back some debts quickly.

I’ve slipped easily back into the routine of setting the alarm, getting through the traffic and on Thursday when I was home, it felt strange. Strange to be home on a weekday! That felt good.

So, that’s a biggie isn’t it? Employment, something to do, it’s so important isn’t it. Phew. Yay. Grateful.

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I’ve been reading a lot of blogs too, especially the words of my friend Eden. I’ve only met her once IRL, at ProBlogger, but I reckon it’s okay to say we are friends. Not besties, that’s cray-cray talk, but in meeting her, in looking into her face and having her look into mine, and talking about real things straight off the bat, I felt a genuine connection.

The month of October was the first anniversary of her beautiful brother Cam’s suicide, and if you’re connected to the internet circles I am, you may know about #fucktober, where people were invited to send Eden some love – a card, a word of kindness, a little something to say, yes FUCK you October, we are here with you Eden. Big shout out to Beth from BabyMac for organising all the love. On ya Beth!

It’s been beautiful to see Eden absolutely overwhelmed with love and kindness, and CAKE. People are so good aren’t they? I don’t buy this idea that the world is all shitty and dark, of course I know that awful things happen, but really people are still inclined to be good and kind and willing to reach out to others. Don’t you think? (And yes, I know Eden isn’t the only one going through shit times, but I also think it’s okay for this post, on my blog, to just be about her, alright?)

Eden decided she wanted to do something really out of the box to try and raise a little awareness about suicide, which is still a topic that’s shooshed and hushed and hidden. It needs to be talked about, to be acknowledged and we need to try and help each other when we feel the black dog breathing on our necks. Grief is a monster, a hurricane, a vortex, and when you lose someone to suicide…. well, I can’t speak to that personally, but I do believe we need to try, try, try to understand grief better. Stop with the old ideas of grief being linear, then done, the time heals all wounds stuff, the god needed another angel stuff, all the words we say instead of saying the person’s name, saying I don’t know what to say, wrapping our arms around those who grieve, and try a little doing too, doing is good. Write a card, send a cake, lip-synch a ridiculous song and post it online.

Here’s the blog post Eden wrote about her fab idea to do a lip-synching competition. It’s been awesome to watch people’s videos. So funny, so moving, so beautiful. If you don’t watch any others, watch Eden’s clip. It is so powerful, so crushing, so true, so beautiful.

I thought and thought about what kind of song to do. In the end I went with something I love, something lighthearted and upbeat. And here it is Love Is A Contact Sport by Whitney Houston. Enjoy! I had so much fun just being a fool in front of my iPad! It’s so freeing to be silly.

If you search the #edenland tag on YouTube you can watch other people’s videos, there are some beauties!

So, they are the things that have been keeping me busy, a new job, a new routine, being silly on the internet… in fact, I was feeling so silly that I posted a clip of myself singing the theme to The Love Boat on my blog’s Facebook page yesterday. I posted it to cheer Eden up, and it seems that other people have enjoyed it too. Pop over to the I Give You The Verbs Facebook page (you can use the social media icon up there on the right) and check it out if you want a giggle.

So that’s what is new with me.

What’s your news?

What’s the hap where you are? Sung anything silly lately?


Annette x