The Petsittingology Conference last week was extremely informative and fun. It also made it caustically obvious that my time management skills have been subpar. I have not been able to juggle my online world, the pet sitting world, and my “real” world.
Guess what? That’s okay. I was defining my own success incorrectly.
It’s not about being amazing at it all at the same time. It’s about having the fewest regrets.
My Goodbye Grandpa Dream
I had a dream two days ago. I was strolling with my grandpa on their property in the forest. I was thinking in the dream that this was probably our last walk. We didn’t talk about anything earth shattering, but I was able to tell him that I missed him. He said something like, “now don’t go getting sappy on me”. He smiled and did that sarcastic chuckle thing, I looked towards him to laugh back, but he was already gone.
I broke down in the dream, but weirdly enough, I felt okay when I woke up.
It was a peaceful walk. It was nice to be able to tell him I missed him. And it was comforting that he wasn’t any more lovey-dovey in my subconscious than he had been while he was actually around. I woke up feeling better than I had for several months.
I’m Annihilating the Work-Life Balance
I don’t imagine ever looking back on my life and thinking, “I wish I worked more.”
But I would say something like, “I wish I spent more time with them while they were here.”
I’m thankful that I had the ability and flexibility to prioritize my family this year. The last months I spent with my grandparents were sincere. The sadness and grief are deeper, but I’m grateful I got to know them better before they passed.
Do I need to buckle down and write more here? Yes. Should I be hiring some pet sitters and growing Crystal’s Cozy Care? Yes. Should I keep turning my phone to silent while I’m hanging out with my husband, our families, and/or my friends? Yes.
Do I have to be amazing at all of that every minute of the day? OH HELLS NO.
My new work-life balance has boiled down to “People first.” Everything else is just the fun filler of life. People are where the real magic happens.
I’ll continue helping and making true connections with others…the rest will work itself out with the time I contribute.
How “People First” is Hashing Out
In the last few weeks, I’ve gotten closer with my husband, celebrated our close friends’ marriage in Nebraska, connected with others in the pet sitting industry on personal and business levels, celebrated my favorite holiday with friends (woot for Halloween!), and am consciously helping others every day.
I pointed out some interesting tax stuff to other self-employed pet sitters while in Las Vegas. I sent an online blogging buddy a couple of posts to use while he and his wife enjoy their new baby. I am staying connected with personal finance and pet sitting friends online so we don’t forget about each other as life gets hectic. Now I am making written notes on my hands to perform at least one random act of kindness every day.
I want to be a person that leaves the world a better place than when I entered it. Even if it is only improved by tiny smidgeons by the small things I am doing daily.
What do you think? What do you prioritize? How is your work-life juggling act going right now?
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!