If you’d told me a year ago I would be juggling so many little things simultaneously, I would have found it a little hard to believe.
The decision to head into SAHD-hood has obviously turned my life on its head and spun it in circles, so here’s a look at the various things that matter now.
Topping the list: the mundane concern of moolah – the cessation of regular income, seeing as I was no longer employed full-time. A tough decision, one that I have not regretted. I won’t deny the fact that it is hard (if not impossible) to eliminate expenditure altogether, but stemming the flow helps oodles. That being said, I’m still feeling the pinch.
Up next: the game changer itself of course! Being a full-time parent has taught me a lot of things, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and have a small taste of how my mum must have felt like when she was raising us.
Having more time at home has allowed me to focus on writing, the one passion that I’m determined to work on from this year on. Writings is a fairly large platter by itself. There’s the usual rambling on various topics (technology, life, personal) that I do, plus the NBA-related content I do on US Sports Down Under and my little site, Celtics Down Under. Writing can be likened to running – the more you go at it, the better you get. There’s a flow and rhythm to things that makes writing so enjoyable sometimes. When the juices are flowing and the fingers are tapping, a really good piece comes out from time to time. I love getting feedback, and am very thankful at the positive comments that come from people who understand and appreciate my writing.
If you had told me a year ago that I would have an opportunity to actually meet members of the Celtics team in person, I would have laughed. Really hard. And then ignored you. I however, have often believed that things happen for a reason. One surprising trickle-down from writing has given me an opportunity to participate as a member of the media for a Celtics game next year. Seriously, how awesome is that? It’s probably every NBA fan’s dream to meet the players up close, and to get a stab at accomplishing this once-in-a-lifetime item on the bucket list is just nothing short of amazing.
Running Celtics Down Under is another fun process in itself. Growing a community from scratch and getting people to engage is just nothing short of magical at times. A key ingredient in life lies in communication, and to be able to facilitate discussion among like-minded people is just, satisfying. I’m hoping to get the community bigger, but I also understand patience is the key to everything, and it’s never about the numbers (quantity), it’s more about the quality of the community.
Surprisingly, part-time work has come about in the most gratifying way possible: through word of mouth. I got a very positive recommendation from a work contact, which resulted in a new project that I will likely be working on for the rest of the year. I’m a straightforward kind of person, and to know that my work ethic is recognised by a peer in the industry is very humbling and at the same time, an affirmation that I am doing the right thing. Hopefully this is the start of something good, with prospects for the long term.
My experiments with WordPress has surprisingly garnered two little projects as well, so never underestimate the power of yakking about random topics. It could well prove to be the beginning of another sideline, but for now I read it at face value, and treat it what it is: opportunities to help people who want nothing more to focus on their businesses and have a little spot to showcase their wares.
People do not want to waste their time learning random skills for a once-off project, they would much rather focus on doing their business.
This is a simple little fact, but it’s stupefying how long I took to get it. By focusing my efforts on helping people to save time and get on with doing what they really want to do, it’s honestly a win-win situation no matter how you look at it. They will be pleased if I do a good job, I get the feel-good buzz of having done a good deed and earn myself a few more bucks to stay afloat.
Not to mention the possibilities of more referrals – aye, the power of word of mouth marketing is unparalleled at times, but this is just another sword that cuts both ways. Good things are talked about, bad things are bitched about at the speed of light. If I do a crap job, expect the reputation to go rapidly downhill.
So many wonderful and exciting things to work on, so little time. But I’m thankful for this phase in my life, and keen to see what else is down the track of this long and winding road.