A scenic byway is a specially designated road that travels through an area of natural or cultural beauty. You can drive on through your life as fast as you can, more focused on the destination than the journey. Or you can choose to be present and revel in the journey that is life. I choose the latter. Eyes wide open and marveling at the beauty that is everywhere all the time - this is My Scenic Byway.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Life Work Balance
Moon rising - Escalante, Utah
Earlier I looked at the clock, and it was 7 pm. And I was sitting down with Paul to eat dinner. That I had just cooked - tomato tortilla soup. And I thought...this is so nice. In my previous life in DC many, many nights at 7 pm I was just leaving the office. I spent so much time commuting to and from the office - around 1.5-2 hours a day. And then I typically worked far more than 8 hour days. I love to cook, but in DC I often got home too late and too tired to think about cooking dinner. Now I work from home, so no time spent getting dressed up to go to the office, no time commuting. It is beautiful. And now that I am only working half-time, I have to keep track of my hours. When I was a full time employee I just never seemed able to cut it off at 40 hours. Now, only being paid half of what I earned before, I am very conscious to not work more than what I am getting paid. It is tough to do in my line of work, but it is possible if you really work at it. Right now I have increased my hours due to a new project starting up, but even that is ok because I am just here at home and I can do all of my work, do things around the house, goof off on Facebook, and still have time to try a new recipe for dinner. With my husband. I get to spend time with him. Which is so important. And was so tough to do in my past life.
I feel very grateful that I have been able to make this move and these changes in my life.