I have always been told things like, “The best mechanic drives a vehicle that barely runs; The best hairdresser’s own hair looks terrible; The best cooks eat sandwiches,” and so on. I have found it to be mostly to be true. Not always of course.
What Do I Mean, Here?
I can sit here at this desk and map out when to pay bills, and when to pay contractors. I’m just about memorized on due dates and such now, and when things were mailed with all sorts of financial things. I’ve got this down.
When it comes to my own? *raspberry* I couldn’t tell you when my lights are due, water is due, nothing. I rely heavily on the statements. I guess I spend all of my energy on the businesses, or maybe its that old thing about doing a way better job for someone else than you would for your own self.
Let Y’all Eat Cake
I’ve also realized the same is true for the side business that I do with all of the cakes. I can make almost anything. I refuse to work with gum paste or fondant because they are both gross in my opinion and I am all about flavor, but I can do amazing things with frosting, chocolate, caramel, and decorations! I also make so many things homemade in the way of confections. During the holiday season, my kitchen turns into a bakery. I take very few, if any, orders and teach my own boys what I know just like my grandmothers and Mom did for me. But the rest of the year, I make many different things and then go to the grocery store and decide which prepackaged cake/cookies/cupcakes/muffins/etc. to take home.
It’s funny when I talk to people in this business, such as contractors who are masterful carpenters, but their house desperately needs repairs. It seems that the time and money that we would spend on our own projects just do not become priority. That makes sense to me, truly. I also wonder if we should find a way to throw away that thought process. Our own lives and families are important too. Now, my company has never made me feel like mine doesn’t matter. I know some companies do.
Prioritizing is really going to be difficult when I go back to school. I had planned on the fall, but happy mistakes and missed deadlines (that I surprisingly forgot) have made the spring my next shot. I am still going, but this will give me more time to figure things out for my own life. I expect a very low impact for the business, but a higher income for home life. I think that’s just the way it has to be really. Some sacrifices now, rewards later. I’m not taking on a full time load either, so that will help. I went full-time without a job and it was close to impossible. I know better now.
How about your profession? Do you find yourself doing a great job at work, but not at home with the same skill? I think I’m also too tired to mess with it all once I get home and I just want to chill out and relax. Maybe I should change that.Hermann says please like and share!