I have tried other outlets to give myself "brain breaks" (to be honest, I may be a bit ADD, always looking for some new diversion):
- Ebay & Etsy for retail therapy: I have an amazing collection of rhinestone christmas tree pins, Brighton jewelry, mid-century figurines (you know those porcelain ones with beautiful faces... I love vintage), Noah's Ark Christmas ornaments.... I think you are getting the picture.
- Umm... this blog.
- Estate Sale shopping: Do you know how much great stuff you can find out there?
- Pinterest: I have oodles and oodles of boards.
- Crafting: I think this was a direct result of the Pinterest boards and estate sales. I decided to craft with vintage Christmas ornaments so I have amassed a huge collection. I did actually make several lovely things but the majority of stuff is in boxes everywhere. I now say I'm saving it for retirement... I guess it needs to go the attic; soon, like tomorrow!
Needless to say, these hobbies have resulted in clutter and stuff I don't really need. They have actually added more stress to my life, as if I didn't have enough.
Another by-product of owning my own business has been a bit of social isolation. I invested my time and energy into running the business for the past 18 years. This is not just the fault of the business, people can do this and remain social. However, I am a bit introverted and low energy so something had to give.
And speaking of adding stress to my life... (I think I must be a masochist): Yesterday I did something I may regret, not because it is a bad thing but because it does not seem a good fit with my personality and my goals in life.
It all started a few months ago. I am 56 years old now. My mirror is reminding me of that daily with crepey skin, puffy eyes, dark circles, saggy face. You get the picture. Then on Facebook, several friends were posting these amazing pictures of changed faces of people using a popular skin care regimen. These ladies also seem to have a wonderful social network. So finally I contacted one sweet lady to see about purchasing a regimen to see if it would really work for me. One week later, never having used the regimen, I find myself signed up as a consultant! I panicked for about 24 hours! But this morning, I am feeling a bit better. Sure I invested a good chunk of money but I am getting a LOT of product to try. So I am looking at this as an experiment. I will see if the product lives up to its hype. If it does, I will let you know. I am not sure how I feel about the money making aspect of it... I am NOT a salesperson. For me to succeed, this product will have to sell itself.
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