Nice. I am still occasionally picking up some of the old consultancy work i used to be known for. Very nice to be asked, yesterday, by a former work colleague if i was available.
Because he hadn’t asked me for a while and the thing with freelance work, of course, is that you never know. Sure: one or two places have very obviously dropped me. Someone known to be a writer on sex, sexuality and relationships does not play too well in some quarters.
The transitioning is probably just icing on the cake.
But apart from the obvious one or two, it is hard to tell. In the past, there were consultancies that would ring me up once every twelve months or longer. We’ve had a recession. New government. That sort of thing.
So definitely nice that someone should remember i am here and be more than happy to put me in front of a large corp as…well, as me. Now just the small matter of negotiating loos and all the other minor irritants of being on-site in a large company.
And the wider issue, of what to wear. Its been a while since i’ve been out and about as a consultant. Much of the work over the last year has been home-based, so no need of finery.
The last work clothes i bought were when i was living as male…and about 4 stone heavier. Besides, they all went to charity weeks ago.
So now seems as good a time as any to start to invest in a decent business/smart wardrobe.
And i haven’t the faintest what to go for. Definitely NOT a power-dressing kind of girl. Want feminine, but not lightweight or showy.
Sensible, but stylish. Sadly, size 18 top…which rules out the size fascists who refuse to stock anything over a 16.
My inclination is to wander Oxford St on Monday morning and find a store with a personal shopper or style assistant and throw myself on their mercy.
But all suggestions definitely gratefully received.