I’ve been reflecting this week on how different life is now that I’m working in a different location, close to home. It’ been nearly six months since I moved to a local office and was finally able to stop driving 16-20 hours a week. The difference that has made to our lives, and to my health is quite noticeable. For the first few months I was still very tired, but recently I’ve noticed I actually have energy left at the end of the day and on weekends to get things done at home. I am no longer just working, trying to sleep and working. With a change in management and a realistic, do-able workload I no longer lie awake at night worrying about work. There are now two people employed to do the job I was doing for the last three and half years – even though our overall team is smaller. No wonder I felt so exhausted for so long, no wonder I paid a price with my health! I’ve lost 8kgs this year as well. So what does a typical day look like now?
I usually get up between 4-5am, (have always been an early riser) and most days I spend some time doing yoga, some meditation and then I sit on the front verandah and have a cuppa while I watch the sun come up and listen to the sound of the birds waking. It’s a beautiful peaceful way to start the day
Then it’s back inside, make the bed, have breakfast,do some morning chores and off to work at 8.20 to start work at 8.30. I work with some really lovely people here, so different to where I was before. I see clients till 12 and then go home for lunch… yep, home for lunch everyday…. :) then back to work after lunch till 4- 4.30 depending on how busy it is. Yesterday DH took me out for afternoon tea after work, he works just around the corner. We sat in a lovely little coffee shop overlooking the park and enjoyed not having to rush anywhere, just talking and catching up about our day.
Now when I get home I have time (and energy) in the evenings to do a few more chores, sew, quilt or do a bit of reading. I’m usually in bed about 9pm. On weekends I often sew or quilt, watch a few videos and I cook for the week ahead. On Sundays I do the shopping early as its much quieter then. I don’t spend my weekends worrying about week ahead as I used to. I feel like I have made a lot of progress towards a more simple life where I’m finally doing more the things that give me joy. I sponsor several children in Africa and India so I enjoy writing to them and following their progress. I donate the things that I sew and quilt to charity. Life IS good!
So I don’t spend as much time online and I certainly haven’t blogged often lately. I’m living it rather than writing about it and I’m a lot happier now.
- still no extra payments on the mortgage but savings for retirement and investment emergency accounts have grown instead. I want to get my SMSF (retirement funds) up to $100,000 as soon a possible so I’m putting extra in there. It’s also tax effective to put extra into my retirement. DH has also increased his retirement contribution
- my student loans should be completely paid off once I do my taxes this year if our calculations are correct.
I was reading The Net Worth of Personal Finance Bloggers post earlier and so I calculated ours. It’s $344,000 ($AU) at the moment. That includes debts, properties and savings. It does not include cars, or home contents.
Well it’s a beautiful autumn day here and its the start of a four day holiday. We’re planning on resuming work on painting the rooms we started working on a few years ago today. I’ve got one room completely cleaned out ready to go and I’m about to start work on the next room.
Hope you all have a nice break over the holiday.