Are You As Busy As I Am?

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Another vintage post, but still relevant….

So, I thought it might be helpful, if you are going on this journey with me, to get a little understanding of what my life is like. I’m sure I’ve got the same challenges many people have, but I’m also blessed in many ways as well. I’m keeping it real, so I will be as honest as I can and disclose as much pertinent information as possible. 

My Home

I live in the Hudson Valley in New York. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it is about 2 1/2 hours from New York City (depending on where you’re talking about and the traffic, of course). It’s a suburban town with an excellent school district. Still, it is a bit different from city life! I am from Queens, so little things like gas stations and other businesses open 24 hours were the norm for me. When I first moved up here, only one Chinese restaurant delivered! (I think the number is 2 now, LOL) It’s quiet. The air is different. The commute is horrible but all-in-all, it’s a nice place to live.

We live in a 4 bedroom house. My daughters share a bedroom, and I converted the smallest room from the guest room to my office. Except that it isn’t that yet. It’s a glorified closet. But I’m working on it! (stay tuned….)

My Family

I have a husband, three daughters, and 1 cat. The oldest is my step-daughter. She’s an adult and lives on her own. My other two daughters are 3 & 6 years old. Scout, the kitten, is incredibly tolerant to two little ones chasing after him.

My husband is an educator who owns his own small business in the education and technology area. He works extremely long hours and his focus is on educating poverty-stricken children. He measures his success by the number of children he touches in his life that succeeds, not by a financial statement. By that measure, we aren’t wealthy but he has a touched thousands of children’s lives over the years! Even after college, they tend to keep in touch. Many have gone on to college and countless have considered him like a father. He’s amazing, and I’m proud. He’s crazy busy and works long hours. I’m usually in charge of the second shift.

My Job

I have a full-time job working as an I.T. risk manager. I’m a certified project management professional (PMP) and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (a certification that focuses on process improvement). Where and what industry I’d like to keep confidential. But I will tell you that I’ve been given permission to work from home part-time, which is a huge blessing. To compensate, I tend to work long hours. I’m dedicated — because my reputation is important to me. I cannot sacrifice doing the best job I can because it’s just not in me to do it. And besides, I won’t risk losing my salary and benefits. Right now, I’m just not ready to give that up. So my attitude with my job is that I will always do 150%.

My Dietary Lifestyle

If I had my way, everyone in my household would be eating a non-processed, lowcarb/paleo-based diet.  I personally make some modifications to suit our needs and wants (which is why I say “paleo-based”). But this is a goal. Alas, I’ve been met with some resistance by my husband and daughters. We’ve made sort–of an agreement that’ we’d transition to a non-processed food diet first. But my husband and I have different definitions of “transition”.

We’re working on it.

Why is this relevant? Well, eating non-processed foods take more time! And money! It’s all part of figuring it out. And one of my many challenges.

My Third Shift

Basically, I have chosen to go into internet, affiliate and network marketing. I am a business consultant and have had clients in traditional small businesses as well. I’ve chosen this route because, unlike a traditional brick-and-mortar business, I can literally work almost any hour I want. For example, I’m blogging right now after 11pm while the girls are sleeping.

So, there you have it. The basics.  Feel free to ask any question you want, as long as you know that some things I’ll still keep private.

Like my weight.

I wish you wealth, health, & a happy home! 🙂
Audra


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