Monday, January 20, 2014
My only problem in this world is me...
Last week I interviewed a female entrepreneur who has started a gym for women only - for those that for some reasons dnoīt want to perform with men - religious, overweight, celbrities and such. I have no difficulty to exercise in a mixed gym but I havenīt been to the one I am paying for since october... one explanation is my doggy carer who went ill then, I have done my exercise by walking or biking with doggy for at least 30-60 minutes and then I have started to do my swimming exercise at another indoor arena that offer better opening hours... and there is also the fact that I really hate to use a locker room where there are plenty of school kids and they come at nine in the morning which means that I have to be out of there by then... it is time to admit that it is nbot working for me.
And this women I interviewed is from Uzbekistan, having graduated in mathematics at the university of Irkutsk (Siberia) and she is really an impressive and inspiring woman BUT I also recognise the struggles she has trying to create a business with women involved. I have done it myself as I started a female newspaper twenty years ago.
The thing is that women is reluctant to spend money for themselves and they also wait to see if she survives - which she will not do of course if everybodys waiting before they join...
Anyway - in my happiness project I have decided to try to help others, preferably with win-win things and this is a typical example. I love her equipment and style, I met some old friends when I was there and I feel inspired again. SO I spend some of the money I should have saved for other things and paid for a year... it will be most interesting to see if I make it pay for me by using it a lot. Opening hours are great, the place is easy accessable and it felt great.
The scary thing is that from february I will work only 60 % as the business editor - it means I will limit my job to only do the business edition, I will not write for the daily paper... thei is something I want to try because I feel stressed by trying to focus on both. I also want to try to find other assignments for the 40 procent "missing" - stand-up, lectures or such. The scary thing is that I doubt my ability to sell my services, I have no confidence in discipline myself to really start selling. But I want to try and I need to do it because pensions are getting so low that I need to find some work I can do as a self emploeyed after I have become a "senior citizen" 60 procent of my wage is enough to survive on if I donīt do anything extra at all, but I do need to have other moeny coming in... it is scary but fun. And maybe it is stupid to stir the pot too much - it might be better to focus on health only and be neutral about work.
The good thing is that it is not final - I have a test period for four months and then I can go back to full time if I want to. That is nice of my company to allow this because they donīt have to, you have the right to be on leave for maternity, military or studies, but not for trying something else so I am grateful.