Today I’m thankful for the freedom I’ve created in my life. This is something for which I’m constantly, CONSTANTLY, grateful to myself.
My husband passed away unexpectedly at far too young an age. From that point forward, I became acutely concious of how short life is, and I didn’t want to waste another second doing anything I didn’t truly enjoy, and being robbed of precious minutes I could be spending living life rather than toiling away for others.
I set out to find a way to earn a living for myself doing work I enjoyed and found more meaningful and purposeful. That search led me to start my own business as a Virtual Assistant, and I’ve never looked back.
It didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t easy, but I’ve structured and evolved my business into something that gives me great satisfaction and freedom. I can pretty much take off whenever I want to, and I NEVER miss doing anything I want anymore because I’m tied to a job.
That’s not to say there aren’t times where it’s nose to the grindstone. But I love my work so it never feels like work. Most of the time, I’m chomping at the bit to dive into things first thing in the morning. And I’ve structured my business in a way that I’m not tied to my desk day in, day out, 24 hours a day.
This kind of business (at least the way I’ve set mine up) requires so little overhead and administration. And I can take it with me if need be. I’ve been on many a road trip around the state and elsewhere, and simply plug into my office via the ol’ laptop. I am very deliberate about the clients I take on and the work that I do for them as well because I don’t want to do anything that inhibits my ability to live life and work exactly the way I want.
Lately, we’ve been touring around the Peninsula area and checking out houses and communities. My boyfriend and I are both ready for a change. And we’re going to be getting back to traveling this year. I spent the last two years uber-focused on building the Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce and I’m now ready to pull myself away and take a break. We’ll be going back up to Alaska this summer, and are planning trips to Whistler BC. I’m also waiting for my connections to get back to me (I have a friend whose brother is a film director)–we’ll be attending the Sundance Film Festival next January.
So lots on the plate coming up, and none of it would be possible if I was still stuck working as an employee on the boss’ schedule.