Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Living Life on My Terms

While I love working from home, making my own hours, being able to work when I want, though at times I find it is a struggle. In this economy, it seems that buying antiques and collectibles has become a very expensive luxury for many, myself included. So the terms of my life had started to change with the economy.

I had been toying with the idea of getting a job outside of the home for a few months. I had a applied at a few places with interviews and 2nd interviews to no avail.

In September, the terms changed again. I ended up buying a sweet horse by the name of Angel. And that was the additional boost I needed to find a job. Need to pay for her board, shoes and vetting. Then a friend mention house cleaning. At that point I said sure, though I never thought I would do it in my lifetime. So..

In October, I started another business, house cleaning. I do this 2 - 3 days a week. I’m finding I really like it, I have great clients and only work 4-5 hours on those days.

But I had to completely rearrange my days to include more barn time which is always a good thing. Though, I had to figure out when to list/photos/pack, clean, do bills, laundry, and find time for the rest of my family.

Everyday life doesn’t have enough hours in the day. There’s so much fun stuff to do and I try to do that more than anything. Life is too short to work ones self to the bone. I try to spend time with my husband, playing and training the dogs, I go to the barn 2-4 days a week most of the time, I started reading at night again, and I work on my listings both on eBay ( Three Rivers Finds eBay auctions ) and my website ( Pittsburgh Three Rivers Finds ). All of these terms are a must in my life to keep me relaxed most of the time.

While we are not rich financially, we are rich in other ways, we have unconditional love for each other and our animals love us, we have some good friends, and great family members. Without kids or a lot of friends that can’t do a lot of things with us together or individually, we end up spending a lot of time together. He definitely keeps me laughing! And I find that is the best parts of my life, that we like each other enough to spend a lot of time together.

While I don’t want to live with any regrets, but I make myself a list every week of what I want to accomplish. I’m finding that it’s making things easier and leaves room for the fun stuff I want to do.

So this is how I’m living my life right now, on my own terms, it seems to working.