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Changing gym

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.
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2014TODAY 1/20/2014 4:48PM

    Wow. You are an amazing woman. Have LOTS OF FUN and GOOD TIMES in the new gym!

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JOYINKY 1/20/2014 10:22AM

    Your life keeps evolving in positive directions and I really admire your willingness to "seize the day" and make lemonade out of lemons. Sorry your dog sitter is ill but I'm sure doggy is enjoying the extra time and activity with you.
New gym sounds great, especially since it's accessible; that's important to me fitting it into my days. You're right, I didn't invest in a gym for myself until I was single and my kids were all on their own.
Great opportunity to explore other incomes, you are lucky to have an employer giving you that flexibility. I had to plan very carefully to retire and did work for the first 5 years part time. One thing I didn't anticipate was the seemingly rapid raise in fixed expenses such as utilities as well as the cost of living. But it has worked out fine. Life is good. Go for it! Find those things you love to do and can retire to.

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WALLINMW 1/20/2014 10:20AM

  Stay motivated!

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INGMARIE 1/20/2014 7:46AM

    Make the most of it, there was something about women not spending money on themselves but rather wait and see, does that apply to you and your pursuit of other income venues too? I d say GO FO IT. you can do this. emoticon

You have some awesome qualities. Go ahead. Jump right in ,the water is fine.

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ANNEMARGAR 1/20/2014 5:29AM

    Make the most out of your gym membership! As for "selling your services" - I understand what you are going through. I was thinking of using visualization to give me the boost I need - it may work for you. It sounds silly, but it does have some merit - and it's free. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, and picture yourself "selling your services". Picture every detail, every decision, every positive reaction. This will help you "see' that it is possible and give you some suggestions of how to do it. You CAN DO IT!!

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TOKIEMOON 1/20/2014 2:31AM

    Changes can bring out fear in us. Certainly altering employment/income would be right up there on my list of uneasy feelings. It is so good that you have been given a four month trial period to see if it works out. Besides having that to fall back on, try turning it over to your higher power for guidance and serenity.

Enjoy your new gym membership. Personally, I prefer working out without men around. Perhaps in addition to working on improving your health, you will find new friends!

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KASEYCOFF 1/20/2014 2:27AM

    Some interesting experiments in the wind for you, Meddy - I too like the idea of supporting women-owned businesses... And I wonder if paying for the year in advance might give you the motivation to make the most of the money?

As for your company's allowance to trial something else: I hadn't thought of it before, but you're right about maternity leaves. When my children came along, we didn't really have them, not at my then-employer, at any rate. Wonder if I could take a long-overdue leave now--?
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