I had trouble getting up this morning.
Some Mondays (like yesterday), I have a full day of patients plus a 7:50 meeting plus a 5:00 meeting, so it’s essentially GO GO GO for nearly 11 hours.
I did take a 40 minute walk at lunchtime, which means my notes did not get finished – but my brain and body needed that!
Today I have another 7:30 am meeting. Thankfully our meetings are still remote. It will be a struggle when we eventually go back to in-person meetings. On one hand, I miss them. I especially hate being the speaker or running a meeting when I cannot tell if anyone is paying attention (often . . . probably not). On the other, a 7:30 meeting means leaving the house (for me) at 6:45 in order to be parked, situated, present at a conference table by 7:30 am. And that’s . . . really early.
I may try to get a quick run in post-meeting. These are the benefits of WFH. I also have about 34872 other things to do but somehow, it will work out.
Planning will help!
I found this post by Kelsey really fascinating. In it, she shares what it has been like to stay home, as well as what went into that decision. She also get specific with respect to $$$, which is somewhat uncommon.
As usual, my thoughts went to questioning my own choices. Even though I have a very rewarding career (both financially + in the deeper sense), it felt natural to ask: if this works for her, am I doing it wrong? (It = life). Her sharing of the # also kind of reinforced the fact that my choosing to work is fully a choice.
As in: we do not really really need my salary. Or Josh’s, for that matter. We definitely are not at the FIRE stage, but could live quite well without two incomes. Kelsey’s family does, and from what I can ‘see’ through the internet, it looks like they are living a great (and completely undeprived) life.
At the same time, as I conducted the natural thought experiment of what that would be like . . . I had no real yearning to actually try it. And for a moment I felt kind of guilty but then I realized I am in a great spot. I enjoy my job but I don’t “need” it. I have built enough flexibility that I feel like I can be there for the kids when needed. I am at a leadership position at a relatively young age and have lots of options up ahead of me. And exchanging my hours at work for hours of housework (ie: laundry, cleaning, etc) is a bonus.
I don’t know exactly where I’m going with this, but I really appreciate Kelsey for sharing as much as she did and I’m so happy for her that things are going really well for her at home! I’m hoping her ‘side gigs’ will continue to grow as her kids do, as I know she loves doing them and is a great writer and speaker.
Today’s BOBW ep features Jesse Mecham, founder of YNAB! This definitely ties into the above, but was unintentional!
Our ep here
Laura & me on the YNAB podcast: here