This Is the Life!
It's Monday, not themost popular day of most people's week but easily my favorite day. I love thefeeling of a fresh start to a new week and I like to think about Anne (with an "E")of Green Gables appreciating a day with no mistakes in it (yet).
Monday is mywork-at-home day, when I get to clean the house without any interference andwork on my website with fewer distractions. Today, I thought I would do what Ialways dreamed of (well, not always, because I'm from an era that didn't alwayshave computers) but you get the point. Since getting well acquainted with thefreedom of owning a laptop and seeing the potential for this to be my source ofincome, I have dreamed of taking my laptop to a coffee shop and spending mytime working there.
I love coffee shops!Whenever I pass by, I long to sit happily for hours and watch people whileabsorbing the aroma of freshly ground and brewed coffee and appreciate the factthat I am not one of the stressed out businessmen or women who is theregrabbing a cup just to get through the next meeting. Hours later, long after Ihave left, I enjoy the odor as lingers on my clothes almost giving me agentle buzz as I move on to other things.
So anyhow, today isthe day! I packed up my laptop, dropped my son off at school and thought,"Which coffee shop do I want to go to?" Next to me in the car sat anaromatic cup of freshly brewed, chocolate flavored tea. Hmm. I began to rethinkmy plan. After all, coffee shops are noisy and would be especially busy at thistime of the morning. What I really wanted was to immerse myself in a naturalsetting.
So here I am working on my laptop with a park on my left and a university campus directly in front of me. Each has fountains so the sound of spilling, splattering water fills the background while louder birdsong from the nearby trees drowns out the slow-moving traffic. It's heavenly!
For many years Iheard it said that if you can find work that you love enough to do for free,you have found your passion and that's what you should pursue. This is it! Whatcould be better than grabbing my laptop and a freshly brewed, chocolatey, nocalorie drink and going virtually anywhere? I don't even need a wi-ficonnection because there is plenty to do offline that can be uploaded later.
I have only been a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community for three months but I cannot imagine beinganywhere else. In this little contraption on my lap lies my whole future.There's a lifetime of learning here and at my age, I need to be learning newthings to keep Alzheimer's away. I'm making friends here that haveenriched my life in so ways, even in the short time that I have been here.It's a really good feeling to be working on a blog post and have a familiar facepop up to say, "Hi" and to exchange a few words about our day or ourwork.
The support in theWealthy Affiliate program is unbeatable. My world is opening up and my visionfor the future is expanding beyond measure. Several people here write about thePower of Attraction and ordinarily I would draw away from that sort of thinkingbut as they say, "You don't have to believe it to experience it". Mymindset is changing in ways that I never could have imagined.
Too much time in mylife has been wasted thinking, "I'm not ______ enough". (I filled inthe blank with words like smart, fast, strong, pretty, sociable, and more.) Inshort, I just wasn't "enough" in my own mind. Now that I'm here, I know that I am enough. I'm morethan enough. I can do this thing! Maybe I was even born to do this thing! I'mnot saying that I am good at it but I know that I have the tools I need tosucceed. The training and support here fits nicely into my lap and my life.
As the sun rises andblinds me and throws a glare across my screen, I can no longer see the work infront of me. Nevertheless, I know that I can turn my back and walk away, moveto a shady area, or wait until a cloud moves by and saves my moment. I can continueto type without seeing the outcome or I can choose to do nothing. The point is:I can choose. That's how life is. Sometimes we get hit with surprises andsetbacks but within them are always opportunities to choose.
That's why I'm here.Life threw me some unexpected circumstances and the necessity to choose a newpath. I chose Wealthy Affiliate and I'm so glad I did!
In this moment withthe sun on my face, the light shifts and I notice that the view on my screenhas just morphed from a page full of words into a reflection of the landscapebehind me and my smiling face as I sit here loving my life. Now, as I wrap up thispost, I am going to rest my eyes and my numbing wrists and embrace the sun onmy skin and the soothing sound of water for a few minutes before I move on tothe next task of creating content for one of my three websites.
Soon I will go hometo a mountain of laundry, a pile of dishes, endless yardwork, and more onlinework. I smile to think that in the future I will be able to choose to do the work myself or hire someone else to do it. I'm expanding my choices. Because I can.
So, this is Monday,my weekly glimpse at my future life of even more freedom and additional choices. Tomorrow I go to workand although I am self-employed and only work part-time at my own pace andschedule, it is enough to keep me focused on the future where I can choose to walkor to work, to sit or to stand, to look over fountains or espresso machines, athome or in Europe. :)
This, my friends, isthe life! Embrace it!