It is always the same old dilemma . . . . we either have time or we have money. Well, there is the reality that many of us don’t have much of either commodity. Since my JOB was eliminated, I’ve decided to build my own business (more on that later), but in the meantime I’m working on some projects around our home and garden that I simply have not had time to pay attention to for a very long time. Having to get up and out the door first thing every morning makes it kind of tricky to do anything else in life.
I’ve always thought that, even though I have “workaholic” tendencies, I might not be the right personality to be the best “employee.” I loved my JOB and I really liked all the people I worked with, but I always seemed to find myself getting tangled up in the midst of the gazillion projects in my brain, both for my JOB as well as all the other things I was responsible for. All of which worked out OK because my JOB was just part-time . . . . but I guess it was time for me to redirect my energy anyway and launch out on my own.
I truly do not have a clue how so many women manage to work away from home full-time and not lose their minds! I know that it is necessary in many situations (I’ve done it myself but I’m not so good at it!) but I’m sure that every woman who has a full-time JOB away from home is a better woman than I am!
But that doesn’t matter any more ;o) because here I am, ready to explore the possibilities of being in business for myself, and praying that God will give me a clue what that means! Having recognized that I love to WORK but pretty much I love to work on my own creative projects, I am truly grateful for this opportunity to have more TIME. Less money, but more time!
One of the first projects I decided to tackle since I haven’t been able to even think about it for a couple of summers is fixing up our yard and garden. That is a project that I absolutely have to work on in the spring or very early summer, as I don’t handle the heat well at all.
Once it gets to be July, about the extent of my outdoor “work” is helping Hubby with the mowing once a week, and turning on the sprinkler. And if the garden or flower beds need to have a few weeds pulled, I have to do that at 6:30 or 7:00 in the morning. That’s it for me once it gets to be over 90 degrees by breakfast time!
The first part of my yard and garden project was to finish setting up the raised bed garden that I started at the end of last summer . . . . . hoping that I would be able to finish it this spring and actually try to grow something out there! We had two 4″ X 4″ boxes set out last year, so I wanted to get two more.
Once we got those in place (they will still need to be leveled a bit, but at least they exist!), we started the process of putting down brick squares in between the boxes so that we can walk between the boxes and not get all muddy. We also don’t have to worry about mowing the grass between the boxes, either.
I still have a few plants to set out and I want to finish up with the brick blocks around the outside of the whole garden, but it really is nice to feel like I can finally finish a project! My life has felt like one huge, unfinished project for the past couple of years. I just get something started, and then it is time to leave again. And by the time I get back, I’m too tired to work on that “something” that I got started, so there it sits, for days, weeks, and even months at a time, unfinished. I. HATE. UNFINISHED. PROJECTS!
The second part of this project involves fixing up the little studio where I work on my creative projects. It is a lovely little building, just a few steps from our back door, completely insulated with A/C so it can actually be used year-’round. I need to paint it both inside and outside, but the first thing I wanted to do (a project that I have wanted to do every summer for the past several years and either didn’t have the time or the money) is to create a little raised flower bed on the end that faces the road.
I found a cute little lattice piece that has three fold-down holders for 6″ flower pots, so I put red petunias in ivory pots. We added a few Hosta plants (they will grown just about anywhere and you pretty much can’t kill them, even if you totally neglect them), put up a hanging basket bracket for the bright red Impatiens, added a barrel at the corner of the studio filled with more red impatiens, and finally I hung up a Welcome sign that has yellow sunflowers on it.
Nothing fancy. Nothing spectacular. But it was a great beginning to a project that has been on my mind for a very long time. This week, we’ll be working on getting the garden finished up, getting the painting started and creating a pathway with more brick blocks in front of the studio.
Time. Such a treasure, such a commodity, that we frequently lose track of how important it is simply to have time to do the things in life that are important to us. What do you like to do when you have the time?
Linking up this week to Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy!