For me, that question is very easy to answer. I'm never happier than when I'm surrounded by the ones that I love. It's the most amazing feeling in the world to me and I wouldn't trade it for anything. When I'm with my family, nothing else matters. I am at peace.
I also find happiness in my work. I know that sometimes I complain, but I have to admit that I have a pretty amazing work life. I get to work from home with a phenomenal group of counselors at Eddins Counseling Group, and I am co-owner of this kick booty company called Coffee Talk Consulting. I never dreamed that I would be co-owner of anything so this is pretty great for me.
I just want you to understand how very important it is to be happy in all aspects of your life. Enjoy your family and friends. You'll argue, sure, but you'll get over it. Love what you do for a career. Money is important, but it's much more important to be happy with what you do. And always remember while you're pursuing happiness, to take time to just be happy.
I spent a lot of years looking for something to make me happy without ever stopping to actually be happy. I've learned to slow down and just enjoy the happiness that has found me. It took me awhile to get here, but I'm here now and I hope you'll join me.
Leave us a comment and let us know where you've found your happiness.
I really didn't. I (Frankie) didn't write anything for today's post. I'm kind of sorry, but I'm kind of not. I had to take Tuesday off because I was down with the sickness. When you work from home or for yourself, taking a day off is kind of a big deal. Andrea talked a little about it yesterday in her #tipoftheday and she's going to talk more about it tomorrow, but today I just want to say that when you work from home or for yourself and you have to take an unplanned day off, it really messes things up.
I came "back" to work yesterday and was totally slammed. I didn't have time to think, much less write a post for today. I still didn't feel 100% either so I was moving slower than normal. My house is a mess, laundry needs to be done, I had to work out and fix supper. It was just too much. So, today I'm still behind on work and housework and I have everything that is due today piled on the same plate as yesterday's work. Whew!
I didn't want to shirk my Coffee Talk responsibilities completely though, so I did hop on to write a little something. I also wanted to tell you guys to make sure you read Andrea's post tomorrow on how you take a vacation (or day off) when you work from home.
I know sometimes things are unexpected and you can't plan for them, but maybe she'll put some tips in on how you do things on a daily basis to plan for unplanned days off…or maybe that will be my next blog. Either way, I'll be reading her vacation planning blog tomorrow and taking notes. I hope you do too.
I guess I better get to work now so I can try to catch things up before the weekend.
Drop us a comment to let us know how you plan for unplanned days off.
We talk a lot about having quiet time. Taking breaks. Getting fresh air. These are all important whether you’re working from home or you go to a business to work. I (Andrea) think it’s even more important when you work from home to have these little breaks because you tend to be lazier at home and you’re more comfortable, so you don’t think you need them.
Short breaks are great, but what about vacation? You need vacation. You need to vacate. Frankie has talked about this a lot - how, when you’re working from home, it’s difficult to separate work life from home life. You always feel like you’re working because you’re always at your office.
You need to take a vacation. Leave. For a few days. I know it’s hard, and maybe it’s not affordable - but it is. Sure, you may not be able to take a European Viking Cruise, but you have to give yourself the luxury of some kind of vacation. You have to leave your office for a few days. Grab a tent and stay a campground. (Oh, yes. I hear all the grumblings of - ewww, camping! To that I say, Camping Rules!) :)
But camping is a fun and affordable way to take a vacation. When my husband and I were just poor 20-somethings (I think we both had $8/hr jobs), we took a two-week vacation, camping across the country. And if we afforded that when we lived in a tiny apartment with 40+ year old furniture, then you can afford a few days away. It’s going to make you feel great!
On Friday, I’m going to talk about how you take a vacation when you work from home. Because it’s not the same as if you’re in an office. There are steps you need to take to ensure that you’ll have a great vacation and will come back to “a good place.”
I (Frankie) didn't write my posts for the week over the weekend like I normally do. It was a very busy weekend and I just didn’t do it. I was going to write them yesterday, but yesterday turned out to be crazy busy too. I was going to write at least this one last night and guess what? I got sick! Well played universe, well played.
I have a pile of work to do, but since I do have the advantage of working from home here's what I'm going to do. My health really does matter so I'm going to take some medicine and go to my couch. I'm not going to work out today and I'm not going to work unless I really feel like it and I can do it from the couch. I'm going to take care of me and hopefully feel much better tomorrow.
Leave us a comment and let us know what you do when you're sick. Do you push through, or do you stop and take care of you?
I wish you all health and happiness on this second day of spring.
If you live in one of the parts of the country where winter lasts a while like I (Andrea) do, you find yourself with a lack of yummy produce. Here in Michigan you have to learn to switch over from lots of greens and reds to lots of root veggies and tasty things like that. But the quality? Ugh. It sucks.
All of my grocery stores (national chains) have really lackluster produce now. And each day I take a trip to the store, I walk in, I see the sad state of produce, and I get angry at how crappy it all looks and then I just grab a bag of frozen whatever. I settle.
Why do I settle? Because I’m lazy. Because, if I hop in my car right now, I’m about a 3 minute drive to Kroger. So it’s easy, and even though the produce looks blah, I’ll go because it’s there.
But settling is wrong. It kills your will to do more. To do better. To be better.
About a 20 minute drive away is Papa Joe’s Market. It’s completely local and I think they have four stores in the area. This is quality. This is better. This is inspiration.
When I take the drive to Papa Joe’s, I am inspired to cook more. To cook great things. To try new things. Why? Because they are exceptional. They have amazing produce (not to mention fish, wine, etc.). They give a damn to offer the best. I have literally seen workers sorting through the green beans to pull out anything that wasn’t of quality.
When I’m there, I’m surrounded by quality and it elevates me. It makes me want to do better. To cook better. To be healthier. To be better.
We need to do this in everything we do. We need to surround ourselves with the best in order to inspire us to do more. Now, I’m not saying you have to go out and buy a Rolls Royce and a mansion. It’s not about spending money. It’s about putting yourself in an environment that pushes you to succeed. How much more successful are you in a fitness class with others than when you’re trying to do something alone? How can you learn more about your business and learn to grow it if you spend your time with people who have never owned a business?
Get out there and surround yourself with exceptional people that will inspire you to do exceptional things. Quality counts.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.