How We Roll
I need some structure for my freelance business at the very least. Granted, my schedule of freelance projects is not full yet. But it will be…as full as I want it to be anyway. And in the meantime, I have two blogs to write, and a newsletter to get up and running. And I have the family website to get going. Boo spends 3-4 hours a day on his Stick Brothers cartoon and a new one he just started. And he fixes things on our motor home like leaks and door handles. So we’re not exactly idle.
The thing that’s bothering both of us is figuring out how to do everything we want to do. We both want to fit workouts into our schedules. Boo would love to do some golfing, and at some point I want to take a golf lesson or two. We both have musical instruments we want to get back into playing; his is a guitar, mine is a viola.
But these random days are getting in our way…seems like there’s never enough time to do everything. Wow. That sounds familiar. I used to say that a lot when I had a regular job, when I used to try to cram my ‘want to dos’ into the weekends. I don’t have to do that anymore. So what’s the problem? Actually, what I really want to know is what’s the answer?? Oh, no! Now I hear Bob Dylan singing, “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” What does that mean? Relax? Go with the flow? Maybe. There actually does seem to be a rhythm settling in. Sort of…
We get up around 8 AM. I know, I know, we should automatically get up at 4:30 or 5 since we did that all of our working lives, but the truth is we like to stay up later and get up later. We can now watch the grownup shows we never watched because we had to get to bed early. I can watch an entire basketball game instead of going to bed at halftime and checking the score in the morning.
And in the morning, I like to fire up the computer right away and start working …while I’m still in my PJs. I make coffee , check my email, write for an hour or two, then eat something, then write for another hour or two…or three. Then I feel like getting up and moving around, so that’s when I work out. (Workouts have their own special challenges when you live in a motor home, but that’s a topic for a future blog.) After my workout, it’s time to shower and get dressed. It’s weird because it’s usually early to mid-afternoon by this time, but I’m going with the flow, right? So, when I’m ready to meet the world, that’s when we do things like grocery shopping, laundry, checking out the local sights, etc. Then I check email again and write some more. Boo has his own routine during the times I’m writing and working out. It doesn’t match mine, but that’s ok.
Overall, the time thing is sorting itself out…we think. We’re still working on what to do with our evenings and weekends. This ‘wait and see how it all works out’ attitude is something new for us. (I’ll do a follow-up blog in about 6 months and compare our schedules then and now.) Maybe it’s a result of actually having time to wait. I guess time will tell…if time is really on our side.
To borrow a line from an old Rolling Stones tune (and change it slightly), "Ti-i-i-ime is on our side, yes it is." Now that we don't have corporate schedules to adhere to, we can plan our days however we want to. Or not plan them. Sounds like fun! The problem is we can only do so much whatever. After awhile, the days just seem weird. We lose track of time…can’t remember which day it is…can’t decide what to do next. The truth is we both feel better with some structure to our lives. But still, we refuse to set an alarm. It’s the principle of the thing.