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 dno´t want to perform with men - religious, overweight, celbrities and such. I have no difficulty to exercise in a mixed gym but I haven´t 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 don´t 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 don´t 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.