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Christmas

For the last couple years in the run up to Christmas, I've worked away in Sunderland. This was not an easy task. I'd work about 14-15hours a day (70-80 hours per week), doing a night shift. I'd be away from partner, family, friends and fun for a significant amount of time and due to the hours I was working contacting them would also be hard. It put a lot of strain on mind and body.

That's not to say it didn't have it's benefits - at a time when you need the money (i.e. Christmas) the extra came in very useful. In a career sense it was also a challenge.

I've given a repeat performance this year a significant amount of thought.

I thought I'd get asked again - and sure enough I was, but this time I said, "no". Last year, I did so well that I'd rather finish on a high. I've built up a good reputation and now it's time to let someone else have a go.

In addition, it will be nice to come home from work to my own home, sit on my own sofa, drink my own coffee and actually get some sleep. Living in a hotel for months, no matter how comfy, is awful. I think my better half will also appreciate it too.
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