Today I was unplugged. Not because I have the self control necessary to leave my business alone for a day, but because Synergy were doing maintenance work, and subsequently shut down power in my area from 8am until 4pm.
I had prior warning of this, and even had a ‘tips for a power outtage’ guide to follow which reminded me to park my car outside, or be sure my garage had a manual override for the automatic door. No problem for me, with an automatic override that ALWAYS works. Until today, when I needed to get my son to a birthday party and couldn’t get the car out of the garage. Consequently, another mum took him, and I was left wandering about the house going ‘hmm…what to do?’.
So, I tidied up a bit, folded some washing, put stuff away, pulled a few weeds. Then I lay on my bed and read my book for an hour, until I drifted off to sleep. An afteroon nap!!! OMG, not since I was pregnant have I indulged in such luxuries. Then I did the weekly shopping, took the dog to the park and played Leggo with Eli.
At the end of the day I was completely relaxed, serene even. My house feels clean, my life feels nice and my world feels in order. It reminded me so much of the days prior to having a child and a business, before being a busy solo mum, maintaining an older style home, juggling a million things at once. I actually had a ‘normal’ life!
What’s sad is that I will only take this break if it is enforced, never would I willingly have given up a day to get work done. Most Sunday’s I tell myself I don’t work, but of course, I do. I check emails from clients, deal with last minute issues, upload the weekly orders….and this can easily run into a couple of hours.
I might take an example from today, and set a ‘no computers’ rule in the house for every Sunday. Far from feeling cut off, I’m actually feeling very connected, to the things that really matter 🙂 x