As of today, I have been self-employed for 2 weeks. Admittedly, the 2 weeks were not “typical” for a few reasons …. and I don’t think I’ll have a “typical” week until … August or so. 12-hour working days + Andrew randomly off work on a Monday + going out of town + 4th of July? Totally a-typical. So, really, I’ve kind of just felt like I was on vacation for a couple weeks. I mean, vacation in which I had an insane to-do list. But, my (previous) day job never required me to care/pay attention when I wasn’t in the office so any day I was off work was truly off (from that job).
The last 2 weeks I’ve been able to combine hanging out with Andrew when he was home with intense periods of working on BUILD. It’s been kind of awesome. Since I’ve had so much to do between BUILD and 30Lists, the last couple weeks I’ve just been working CONSTANTLY. I have not done any of the housework I told Andrew I would do once I quit. I have not started the video game that I bought myself in November and have been saving ever since.
I *imagine* a typical week would be Andrew working Monday – Friday, and I work on making progress on a number of projects/blogging throughout the week. In fewer than 12 hour days. I *imagine* a typical week would involve regular eating schedules, knowing WHERE I work best and how to physically stay comfortable and healthy. I’ve got a few work spaces around the house I’ve been trying – I’m trying to balance the hot weather upstairs with an ergonomic computer set up. I even tried propping my laptop on the back of the couch and standing behind it. I *imagine* a typical week would not involve absurdly time-sensitive to do lists. You’d think I could plan better. Hopefully a *typical* week will include more reasonable online platform building and maintenance and not intense sprints with no breaks.
But either way, the freedom of making my own schedule, combined with the HUGE time savings not having to pack my lunches-drive for an hour-sit in a cubicle-drive home another hour has been overwhelmingly awesome. Even Andrew is giddily happy (even though he has to leave me home with the girls while he goes to work).
Here’s just a little glimpse of what I’ve been able to do those first few days of freedom…. And I’ll have to give you another #cubiclelifenomore update in a few months.
I made a big pot of homemade chicken stock on MONDAY – since it needs to simmer on the stove for 8 hours, I otherwise would only been able to do this on a weekend. I actually started it at 6a, finishing it at 2p, we went out in the afternoon and I came home and used the stock to make soup for dinner.
I get to hang out with the babies all day every day. Sometimes they’re crazy obnoxious, but most of the time they just sleep all day …. cuties.
That first Monday I was off, Andrew *happened* to have off as well. LUCKY! So we got to go out together in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday!!
Previously – up until the end of 2012 – we literally only had Sundays off together. And even then it was only 3 out of every 4. The last few months, we’ve had Saturdays and Sundays together which has been magical. But now …. NOW WE HAVE ALL THE TIME! Andrew gets paid time off whenever his boss goes out of town, so now that I make my own schedule that means I can (theoretically) take that time off as well!!
So that first Monday, we visited the new library in our town! I love the library. I love that we live in an affluent suburb that can afford to build a new library (seems crazy, right?). And I kind of want to live in this library. I’ll do a full post at Those Crazy Schuberts if you want to follow me there.
The girls seem to like having me home all the time. They follow me around the house and just sleep in the room where I’m working.
I’ve been working in my office more and more – you’d think that that is what it was for, right? I am loving getting up early (5 or 6am range), grabbing my coffee and sitting at my office window. LOVE it. I love that I have this space. I just wish it wasn’t so hot in the afternoons.
Eventually I’ll get around to cleaning/straightening up this room. I still have probably a dozen unpacked boxes from when we moved in 15 months ago. Yup. I’m NOT a lifestyle blogger
I am so excited to make this space awesome and work out of it more often.
Also this first week (and referenced in the picture below)? I was able to conduct an exclusive interview for BUILD in the middle of the afternoon. SO awesome to be able to tell Sarah “whenever you want, I’m home all the time.”
My to do list has been under such a time crunch (definite BUILD launch date + going out of town) that I haven’t done hardly any housework. I intend to, of course. I don’t want Andrew to regret carrying so much of our financial load. But in reality, that first week of freedom I left dishes undone, closed my eyes to dirty floors and left piles of mail on our dining room table (among other things).
But the girls following me around the house is probably going to be a regular thing now. Bless their hearts.
And in spite of all the work work work…. sometimes you just need to step away. I have been LOVING having a hammock in our backyard for my downtime. I set the timer on my phone for 20 or 40 minutes or so, head out there with a book and either read or nap or daydream. It’s LOVELY.
The one problem is that when I get out there I’m reminded just how much work needs to be done on our house and backyard especially … so I start to get a little antsy and feel like I shouldn’t be lazy (even if it’s just for 20 minutes). I might be a little crazy.
It’s getting a *little* warm to be outside (even in the shade) in the afternoons, so I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to enjoy this … but I am SO looking forward to the fall when I hopefully have a schedule down better and it will be cool enough to spend more time out there.
(in fact, I have an idea for another income stream that will require me to read all the time. How awesome if I could make that work!)
Andrew is going to be off work starting Wednesday for a whole month (!!), I’ve got long to do lists for the upcoming 30 Days of Lists + this fall’s Onward and Upward AND we’re making plans to go out of town. And we have a ton of projects for around the house.
Again, an atypical week.
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