I smile as I write this. I love working from home but there are some things I didn’t fully realize when I embarked on a career change in February 2016. I’m happy. Correction: I'm so grateful and happy! I’ve had some adjusting to do. What do I do all day? I'm learning to do it all but be smart about it. It's a learning experience though.
Let me say that I like most of these activities and I REALLY like most of them:
- I’m writing a book. I devote at least 2-3 hours to this a day.
- I run a photography business. I have photography shoots and spend more time editing and posting than I do in the photo shoot (typical for any photographer by the way).
- I blog twice a week and since I’m an overachiever, most of my posts are fairly thoughtful.
- I am head and only person in my marketing department I pat myself on the back for getting some much needed advice and guidance recently. BEST decision lately!
- I am in charge and the only person in my advertising department. Again, a little guidance helped so much.
- I am in charge of social media. Oh oh- where does the time go?
- I write articles, do guest blogs and I’ve been a guest on radio shows, BLAB TV, and podcasts. This stuff is FUN!
- I am in charge of developing and maintaining my websites. Big learning curve, but I got it.
- I volunteer for a few non-profit groups and take pictures at their events. (Big smile!) Those 'few': American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Texas, Bliss Kid Yoga, Lone Survivor Foundation
- I study writing, speaking and photography. This is important too. Can't ever stop learning!
- I stop 5-10 min every hour to stretch. I now have a yoga mat and make sure I get in at least 30 min a day stretching. I sometimes get so involved in writing or editing pictures that I lose track of time and forget.
- I lather on anti-inflammatory cream to my aching neck and shoulders every 4 hours. Neck arthritis isn’t a fun thing
- I play with my doggies and now that I have an office, one doggie gets to spend time in my office with me everyday. One lost her privileges after she peed on my rug. One snores so she’s out too. One is too big for the tiny room so he lost his privileges. One circles constantly so bless his heart, but he’s out. That leaves Sparky. He's a very good little helper and listens to my ideas. He is always happy.
A Typical Day
My Truth: I get up between 7 and 8am (a good 2 hours later than I did when I worked outside of the home) and I catchup on social media for an hour while I drink coffee outside on the back porch. Before you judge, social media is a big part of my business marketing and most of what I do is business related. There, no guilt. :) I’m in charge of marketing after all.
My Truth: After an hour of coffee and social media marketing stuff on the back porch, I then venture into my office. I LOVE my morning commute. Up until last week my ‘office’ was the couch, but I now have a real desk and this is so much better. I made sure the desk faced the window, and my growing red rose bushes. I’m getting ready to hang my favorite picture on the wall. When I look at it I’m reminded of the ocean and how bad I want to go there. I call that incentive to keep working! When I don't have a photoshoot scheduled, I generally spend all day in front of the computer writing blog posts and working on my book Love Still Lives Here and all those other things up there.
My Truth: It appears that I love my PJs more than I ever realized. I say this because I can step into my office and completely lose track of time. I keep telling myself that I will take a break for showering... but when a girl gets on a roll writing… It’s not unusual for me to get a text from my husband telling me he is leaving work and I find that I’m still in my PJs at 5pm. On a good note, I’ve been very productive.
My Truth: I have days or parts of days where I venture out for photography shoots (YES!) or networking meetings. That means, yes, I have to put on real clothes and comb my hair. These are my favorite days although I do love the days I spend writing all day. It's good to have variety though.
My Truth: My head of marketing, me, and my marketing coach tells me I need to do some videos to demonstrate that yes, I can speak and also because people prefer videos over writing. hmmm Does that mean I need to comb my hair and put on makeup? I have to say yes. It’ll happen one day, I’m sure. Stay tuned.
My Truth: My husband comes home from work and always asks, ‘so, what did you do today?’ No wonder my response is usually a glazed over look as I have no idea where to begin. Instead, I ask him to help me lather on that gel for my neck ache. ‘Oh, and Trixie peed in my office again today. She loses her office privileges permanently now. Just saying.’
My Truth: What’s for dinner? I hand him a bag of bagel chips as I trot down the hall to my office. I usually have popcorn because #1 I love it #2 it's easy to munch on as I work and #3 I LOVE popcorn!
My Truth: By 10 to 11pm I’m ready to pass out asleep. Lucky for me I’m in my PJs still. As I fall asleep I assure Tim that my hard work will one day pay off. Of this I am 100% certain. He's already snoring though. I'll tell him tomorrow.
PS- I've come SOOOOO far in a short time, and I'm so grateful to all who have guided, supported and loved me. 💕 When I decided to follow my heart and share my photography talent, I had no idea how healing it would be for me and others. I am not sure I realized the incredible healing powers of storytelling- both visual and narrative. My decades of nursing lead me right to where I need to be because I'm still a nurse healer- only now the healing energy is found in my words and images and my presence.