i can’t believe it’s already thursday.
this week, instead of stressing over the things i can’t do, i’m filling my time with other fun things. and instead of feeling guilty for not working 10 hours a day, five days this week, i’m actually much happier than i’ve been in a while. considering what’s going on with durtbagz at the moment, this is an accomplishment.
this week was supposed to be filled with editing the content of the website, including the shots of the new bags, putting my products into the shopping cart, and putting together the video we shot last weekend. we were set to launch next week.
reality: no bags= no usable shots of bags. the changes to the site haven’t been made so i have no capability to edit most of the content on website. i have to re-shoot one shot to complete video before that can be finished. i can do shopping cart.
doing the shopping cart doesn’t take 40 hours, although, i’m actually having a lot of fun doing it. so what have i done to fill my time this week? slave over my computer, researching different audiences i’m targeting? networking online? reading blogs on marketing, blogging, PR, online companies?
no. well, maybe a little. but not for the entire time i’m not doing the cart.
i’ve been volunteering. outside, with horses and kids. and this week, i feel like i finally got the balance i’ve been looking for. the part where i don’t feel guilty for leaving my computer off and doing something non-durtbagz for a few hours during the ‘business day’.
i have been volunteering there for over a year now, but this is the first session that i’ve helped out with morning classes. in the past, i’ve gone there around 4p -7p and sometimes there until 9p, depending on the time of year and the heat. now, i go every wednesday morning from 8:30a to 11:30-noon.
at first i was really hesitant to give up my morning, thinking i might be missing something important on a blog that was posted, or that i needed to follow the ‘post early and often’ rule of thinking. really, what it boiled down to was that everyone else in the world is working on wednesday mornings from 8:30a to noon and i felt guilty for not working then too. crap.
switching my time from the afternoon to the morning has worked out better than i ever thought. i love starting my day that way, as opposed to looking at it like it was cutting into my afternoon (it takes me 30+ minutes to get to the stables on a good day). and it’s not just that it’s easier to do that first thing, than to stop working early and head up there, but it’s just a really fun way to start the day.
i did not grow up a horse person. i love them, but have never really spent any time with them, other than summer vacations to colorado when i was a kid. i started volunteering there for the kids, but to be honest, i almost think i stay for the horses.
they are incredible and the fact that they are used in a therapeutic riding center means they deal with a lot of stuff. the kids that ride have all kinds of special needs and the horses are amazing with them.
this week, i went two mornings so i could get trained to lead the horses during the lessons with the kids. can you imagine? two whole mornings in a row of no phone, computer, email? and guess what i missed? not a got dam thing. and instead of feeling guilty, i feel really glad. selfishly glad that i get myself out of the house and off the communication grid for a few hours each week. unselfishly glad that i’m able to help in a bigger picture.
besides, isn’t that what being the boss is all about? if i have to deal with all of the crap, i should get to deal myself some good to go with it. and finally, i’m okay with that.