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I need some cheering up. You see, my last day of work is next Thursday and, to cut a long story short, I am scared.

Paid employment has always been an important part of my life and giving it up to spend more time with my daughters and expand my own business feels, quite frankly, a bit daunting.
As a result, I came up with an idea. Every Wednesday, I will host a We All Make Mistakes Blog Hop.
The rules are very simple:
1. Follow me on GFC and Twitter if you have an account – I will follow back ;
2. Leave a link to your blog below -if you have one-;
3. Share a mistake you have made in the comments. Please do it for the rest of us!
4. Visit as many other blogs as you can!
5. Have fun!

As for me, today’s shared mistake still haunts me. I was 18 and, having just obtained my driving licence, I smashed my Mum’s car  on the family house wall’s ramp while the whole family was looking from the balcony.
Believe it or not, I have remained the-one-that-smashed-the-car.

So please, what is your mistake today?

NB: If you want to co-host the blog hop, feel free to copy this in your post:

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Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Mistakes I have made… you have pages and pages and pages? LATEST mistake: taking the Summer Camp directing job. I KNEW there were a horde of red flags all around this gig, simply due to the nature of the woman who was hiring me (who got the nickname The Headache from me from day one). I had that nagging feeling something was going to suck, and boy howdy, my summer overall sucked.

    Listen to your inner Red Flagdar, and you’ll be happiers.

  • Thanks Stuart! I am sorry that your summer camp was hard work but hey, we have to learn at all ages, haven’t we?

  • Fear not MuMu you are a multi-national Superwoman and will thrive in the “Real World.” The first step of any journey is the hardest.

  • Too numerous to mention… geez, where would I start?? Oh, here’s a good one: I once slammed the car door shut on my daughter’s hand and got all the way around to the driver’s side before noticing she was screaming and her hand was trapped between the door and door frame. I was afraid to open it and find that my seven year old child’s fingers had all been severed – I had just a tiny moment where I considered going into deep denial and NOT opening the door, lest I see them fall on the pavement. Fortunately for us both, the rubber weatherstipping was soft and thick and cushioned her fingers nicely – not only were they not severed, they weren’t even BRUISED! Now relax – it’s hard to top that one, MuMu.

  • Best of luck with your new direction. I did that the first time 12 years ago when my younger son was three and I couldn’t stand the daycare issues and the conflict between the full-time job and parenthood one more day. I started a business writing resumes and tech writing from home.

    Mistakes – let’s see – most of the questionable career things I’ve done can be considered either mistakes or learning experiences, depending on how you look at them. Most of my decisions turned out OK in the end and no matter which direction you take, it always leads somewhere.

    Here’s a big non-career mistake:A couple years ago I got distracted driving to work in stop-and-go traffic and backended a car that had stopped suddenly. It was totally my fault and it caused a massive traffic jam in front of a bridge. It also cost us mucho in increased car insurance. How’s that for a mistake? I don’t recommend it.

    (I already follow you on Twitter!)

  • One mistake that still bothers me is when my sister’s baby passed away I didn’t try hard enough to get time off work to travel to CA to be there for the funeral. I’ve felt awful about it ever since.

  • Last day of work?!?!? Wooohoo!!!!

    I crashed my parents car, too… ran it into the side of the house while they all watched (hit the clutch instead of the break) when I was fist learning to drive. Ah!

    Happy for you!!

  • You are very brave! I wish you the best of luck. I long to remove myself from the corporate world…..someday I hope.

  • First, I’m so happy you followed your heart, Muriel. I’m sure you’ll skillfully make the transition. It’s wonderful to work for yourself. Keep us posted!

    As for mistakes, I can’t think of any. 😉 But, at times I have an awful memory. I’ve run into people I’ve spent hours with (in a group setting) and didn’t remember them at all. Can you say awkward? Now, I probably look like I’m mental — while repeating their names in my head over and over — upon meeting strangers. I can’t win.

  • Well done Muriel! You are doing it and I’m sure you’ll manage brilliantly.

    Mistakes, let me think, too many to find a good one………maybe the day I said to one of the supplier my boss was going away and so would not be able to sign his cheque / she was out of her mind when she heard it (she wanted everybody to think she was only the clothes designer – signing cheque is not so fashions!!!)

  • Good for you, Muriel. It takes courage to walk away from the corporate world and start your own business.

    Gosh, mistakes? Have I made any that justify writing about them?

    That’s a great idea and I’m sure you will have all of us lined up ready to admit or confess to some of our more scary/disastrous/misguided/unfortunate/funny, etc. mistakes. It would be interesting for you to categorize them e.g. love, work, friend, humorous, and so on.

    I’ll start with my No. 1 – shared by many: Marrying the wrong man for the wrong reasons, one of which was to get our mothers off our case. However, it was not entirely a mistake as I gained one of my best friends to this day – my ex husband.

  • Best of luck Muriel with your change in direction. As for mistakes, how about using a standard phrase, sit down and take the weight off your feet to a very overweight lady. She was not amused!

  • Love the idea and wishing lots of luck with you new venture. Mistakes…trusting the wrong people most definitely.

  • I’m sure you’ll be fine Muriel. You’re giving up your current employment for something truly worthwhile. I am certain your daughters will be very grateful! Mistake?…hmmm….let me think…..Let’s limit it to today so I’m gonna have to say eating a cup of vanilla ice cream earlier was a mistake, esp. since I did not work out today and have to pick up a dress for a wedding by the end of this week. Bad idea!

  • Wait – some people have linear lives?! Why wasn’t I told this was a possibility and who do I see about it? Stuart is right – “embrace it.” Who said it’s better to regret what you do, not what you didn’t do?

  • It’s just cold feet, Muriel. You made the right decision, and you’ll luxuriate in that choice after the sky doesn’t fall the morning after your last day ; )

    Here’s a money mistake: I signed up for a buyer’s club, to the tune of $6,000 for the first year. I paid in full. It was supposed to provide huge discounts toward furniture , appliances and other homecentric goods. Well, before I could even use it, I lost my day job. Goodbye, $6,000.

  • Not to worry, Muriel. I think this decision you made will work wonderfully for you and if it doesn’t, you can always go in a different direction. Mistakes, I’ve made a few too, but is it really wrong to follow your heart?

  • This is such a great idea, Muriel! Sharing mistakes definitely makes us all feel more human! =)

    My latest mistake — not taking the opportunity to be the lead female in a hip hop dance group. =P

  • Let me see if I can remember one…I have made thousands… 😀

    Oh, the day I was cutting my oldest daughter’s bangs (she was a baby) and turned the scissors parallel with her face, then snipped a little piece of skin right out of her forehead. It barely bled, but I don’t know who cried more, the baby or me (I was 18). And then there was the fact that I had to see that little scar every time I looked at her beautiful face forever after that. Talk about guilt! That was one of the worst of my mistakes…because it hurt someone I loved.

    Bet no one can top that one! 😀


  • Well … I have never made a mistake! Oh wait, I was mistaken when I said that. I guess I have made mistakes. I was initially wrong about Vietnam, Nixon, and telling that officer I didn’t know the gun was loaded. I don’t think that’s what yo mean, however.

    I made a mistake the first time i was reactive about life rather than proactive, and I began to let it east me down. After that, I resolved to be in charge of my life, and that’s made all the difference. Bad things still happened sometimes, but I turned them around.

  • Missing paid employment already? 😉

    Mistakes…well, this little box here is really very small to tell you all but the most important one. At a family get together I dropped this big crystal bowl and then it happened again just about half an hour later… since then I am known as the bowl breaking Hajra and over 5 years later now, at family gathering I am kept far away from the glass ware! 🙁

  • I’m scared too Muriel. But it’s not a mistake this time : )
    My mistake…I worked for the same employer twice! And was offered a job back there…a 3rd time would be a true sign of insanity.