No I am not writing about the Easybeats, but I am writing about Fridays.
Its been a long long week. I am exhausted. I have driven up to my sister and brother in laws property in Marysville and I am so relieved to be sitting here in front of the open fire sipping on champagne.
I work 5 days a week and some would say how lucky I am – don’t get me wrong, I am lucky to have a job, but at some stage in my life I so want to retire.
So, with the discussion this evening going from how to earn our extra income. The conversation has gone thus – B&B going well, bills just keep rolling in tho’, remember how we always said a ‘diversified’ income was the way to go. Sister is making strawberry jam, blueberry jam, brother in law has made pizza with home produce (olives and jalapeño peppers). We are talking about opening a shop, Christmas, fashion any other ideas? so many options.
Tomorrow I am having a Workshop for my “other” business, that being Arbonne. Now that is what excites me at the moment.
Meanwhile, I will indulge in sitting in front of the fire, with Chai, my sisters’ two other dogs Emma and Hugo (Bonnie is at the vets :() and a glass of chilled champagne.
After working all week, I WILL NOT be getting up to do breakfast at 8.30am.
She spent most of it at home. I left the doggie door open so she could go out and do her business. It has taken a long time for her to use the “door” which at first resisted her efforts to push through it.
Well happily and “unhappily” when I got home, I was relieved to see her outside, but cross that she was barking at the invisible possum that lives in the tree above where she likes to pee.
After such a hard day at home, you can only do one thing in the evening, and that is rest.
My jobs have included stenographer, legal secretary, restaurant owner, bed and breakfast proprietor and manager.
I married young, had children at a respectable age, belonged to a reformed society of middle class housewives and was a good mother and wife.
My Mum died of cancer when I was in my late 20’s. My marriage became stagnant and I fell out of love with my children’s father. So I left him and took my children.
I remarried and at the age of 40 my expression for what happened next in my life, is “the wheels fell off”.
I got cancer. I fell pregnant unexpectedly. Our business failed. My husband got diabetes.
BUT – I am not dead, our unexpected pregnancy turned into a beautiful daughter, we still have many friends from our failed business, and my husband manages his diabetes.
In my mid 40’s our lives changed. We became business partners in a bed and breakfast, my other daughters married, had children and life was pretty good.
In 2009 we experienced first hand the Marysville bushfires and we lost many many friends.
What did that create? Even for my daughters who were not in the fires – a VOID in our lives. We were affected.
That leads me to now.
I am a happy determined granny because –
I have learned to love, survive (twice), live, share feelings, experience loss and when I thought there was no tomorrow, fought to go on.
Just when I thought I would be retiring on a shoe string because of the curve balls thrown at us, I have discovered network marketing. It is teaching me some important lessons that life just didn’t seem to give me answers for. I am learning about myself and others. I am learning to understand myself and my interaction with people. I feel empowered, excited and ready to start another chapter.
Wish me luck.