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S Factor pole dancer Sheila Kelley

Life, in reverse...

I think I'm doing life reversed. Back in the day when I had jobs, if I was away for a week on a trip or something, I would start to dread the end of the week because it meant having to go back to work soon. Now I'm the opposite. I'm loving this vacation but I love my business and I really want to get back to "work".

Granted, I don't necessarily like the fact that I have do to what I do for 10 to 14 hours a day to run the business. But that doesn't change the fact that I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from actually doing it. A vacation like this is truly an adventure. But I miss the way my work makes me feel. I miss taking care of the people that need me and doing what's necessary to make sure it's always there for the women who love it.

I'm a freak of nature; I'm on vacation and I want to go back to work. I guess that means I'm doing something right. I guess that means life is good. It just took the vacation of a lifetime for me to fully appreciate that.


Vacation of a lifetime? Yer not dead yet...
I envy you. I wish I could do what you do... except with what I do. ;)
If you're willing to drive to my new studio in Ballard, you can. We can work out a deal where you can teach belly dance out of my studio.
YES!!! This is what I always try to tell people and they give me a... a LOOK. Like I'm bonkers. But even if I take just the weekend off, the ache for Monday to start is just unbearable. So I mostly stopped taking whole weekends off because it was just too long to wait to get back to my desk and get awesome things done!

I like downtime a lot, but I feel best when I'm working. I feel like a person pursuing her purpose. ^_^
What do you do?
I mostly ignore weekends as "time not to work" these days. I apportion the work I have over the whole week, and make sure to balance in rest time so I don't burn out -- but I don't put the rest time where I'm "supposed to", I just organize it in whatever way feels best. If I have a stressful week, I take smaller more frequent breaks -- if there's no problem, and I feel good, I keep going and listen for that little inkling that tells me I should stop for awhile. I really like working, so I had to get the hang of listening to my body and hearing the itty bitty nudges that meant I'd be exhausted in a few hours, but if I hear them and listen to them early, I don't run myself into the ground and I still get an INSANE number of things done. I definitely work far more than anyone else I know, but it feels good.

Er, is that what you meant? Because what I "do" is design, web & print work, and a sort of me-flavored marketing. Two answers for the price of one. :P