It’s Getting Busy ‘Round Here
My neighborhood is normally very quiet. Especially during the summer. The kids are out of school and sleeping in. People are on vacation, so not much happens in the neighborhood in the early morning during the summer. But now that school has started, things are changing. Kids are up earlier and standing out waiting for the bus by eight or so. There are more cars leaving earlier in the morning, kids and parents are chattering at the bus stop, and things are just buzzing outside.
This is also my first Fall working from home. I love working from home. I have my office set up so that I can see the neighborhood happenings from my window, yet still have bright light and a cheery space while I work. Most importantly, I can keep the windows open and let the fresh air come in. This is all so good for my health.
Someone I hadn’t seen in a while recently asked me what I was doing that made me look so much better. (Now, I could ask, did I look really horrible before? *smile*) Well, aside from losing nearly 40 pounds, I really think it has to be the change in my lifestyle. I’ve removed the stress of commuting to a stuffy, air-tight office every day. I don’t battle the idiots on the freeway, I don’t have to suffer the politicking and showboating of a corporate office environment. And I don’t have some corporate head honcho dictating what I should be doing.
I also get to have “Bring your kids and grandkids to work day” whenever I want. I can set my own schedule and take a midday break to get a nap in or a walk. Or do laundry. As long as my work gets done and I deliver on time, no one complains, and my bank account stays in the green.
Life seems so good. Some things haven’t changed. I still have my fibromyalgia. I still have a bum back and ankle. But those things don’t cripple me (at least not lately) because I’m focusing on other things: work, home, a possible new boyfriend, travel, weight loss, and enjoying every moment I can with my family.
This year, my only granddaughter starts first grade. My oldest daughter called me to ask what it was I did for them on the first day of school. I always bought them a gift of some sort – a journal or something – and she wanted to continue the tradition. Apparently whatever I did for my girls was memorable and made my daughter feel special in some way so she wants to pass it on. How cool a compliment is that? I must have done something right in my struggles as a single parent.
Anyway, I have a new work assignment, which is going to keep me very busy a full eight hours a day for the next three months. But I’m so happy for the arrangement I have where I can still be at home and relaxed. This ensures I can keep some balance in my life. And that’s essential to my well being.
For all the parents sending their kids off to the first day of school today, enjoy. Sometimes I wish my girls were little like that again and I could do it all over. I don’t know that I’d change too much, but I sure would relish every second of it, as I have always loved being a mom.
Off to work I go… down the hallway. Happy Wednesday to everyone.