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Work is great, but....

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I am thinking of cutting back a bit! In fact, I would love to not have to go to work at all! It is interfering with my life! Work is getting in the way of my exercise time, my play time, my relaxing time and my reading and hobby time. It is just hindering my development!

So, let's explore the pros and cons of "going to work".

Pros: Making money I need in which to live, pay bills, food, clothing etc.
It has offered me the opportunity to meet new people.
It gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
I help people look their best. I am convenient for the people in the
small town I have my shop.

Cons: It takes up too much of my time!
Last minute customers seem to be the norm lately, and it gets

Now, here are the pros and cons of not working.

Pros: I will have time to: read more (way behind now)
exercise any where and anytime I want
take super-long walks
spend more time with my friends
see my family more
play - golf, roller skating, boating, card games, etc

I could quilt more, do more of the sewing I enjoy, finish my afghans
and wall hangings
I could sleep in if I want to.
I could travel whenever and wherever I want.

Cons: No money for food, clothing or shelter, I'll be living under a bridge in
three months!

OK, I guess that's it! I will have to keep working. I knew it all along, it's just nice to dream about having the time to live the way I want, go when and where I want to go.

But wait, that is what I will have in my retirement, and in time I will be there and ready to enjoy not having to go to work. It may be a few years away - but I am so looking forward to the time! My dreams will indeed come true, and working now, is just in preparation for then. I still have a few ducks to get in the row first.

So for now, I am happy to have a good business with loyal customers. I am my own boss and have great freedom within the time restraints I impose upon myself. And I manage my time as good as I can in order to get in some play, some reading, some exercising and some relaxation.

It's a good balance, and that is the secret to living well - balance!

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    I understand your dilemma!

    Not that I work... but I want to get a job when my health improves a bit more... but when I do, I won't have as much time to write, or knit, or all the other stuff I love to do.

    Good that you managed to put a positive spin on it, there at the end. ;)
    1855 days ago
    Glad to hear you won't be living under a bridge!

    Keep up the great balancing act...

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    1855 days ago
    As close as I can come to this is simply .............. I have four days off this week so with Sat. and Sun, that makes 6! ............ And I am with you ........ time to do what we CHOOSE .......... and get a break from it all ........... emoticon
    1855 days ago
  • OJ_2_OK
    lol I was so hoping your pro's outweighed the con's so that I could apply them to my life. back to work I go, haha :)
    1855 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I look forward to retirement too! But I have at least 13 more years to go and that would be retiring at 60, so not sure if that will happen.
    In the meantime, you are right, we must find balance and for the most part, I love what I do and try to make it a pleasant time for myself and for all that I come into contact with.
    Such is life and I guess I am more than blessed to be employed and have benefits too.
    Keep on dreaming and getting ready for retirement! emoticon emoticon
    1856 days ago
    I understand your ying/yang pain. I actually haven't been working in order to take care of my son who was diagnosed special need. I am looking forward to being able to work again - hopefully in the fall.

    There is always something to yearn for and something to value in any circumstance. Enjoy your weekend!
    1856 days ago
    emoticon Balance! One of my areas that needs work. emoticon
    1856 days ago
    balancing is the key to a happy life. But I am so with you so jealous of the retirees. With my pacemaker I may have to work longer than most retireees so i hope to have some fun where I can find it. Good blog so glad we are friends
    1856 days ago
    i am so with you on the not working any more!
    1856 days ago
    How awesome! Yes, food and shelter are important. I'm glad you have a job you appear to love. Congrats.
    1856 days ago
    Loved your blog!!! Have a wonderful day!
    1856 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    I like the idea of balance but it's so hard to manage! Looks like you're doing pretty good at it! emoticon
    1856 days ago
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