This week has been so busy. Is it over yet?? I mean working full-time, being the only parent to my three kids and managing rental properties always keeps me very busy. But if you add dealing with trades and adjuster on the rental property , having my hard drive crash at work when I have tight deadlines, trying to plan a last-minute getaway skiing trip I promised my son for weeks and forgetting I made plans with several friends in that same week…things become hectic! And then there is blogging! Ah, when life gets in the way of blogging!
When Life Gets In The Way Of Blogging!
So what exactly did get in the way this week?
Working Full Time
- Day To Day
I always worked full-time, even when my kids were younger. For most part, I always enjoyed it. Now work is winding down and my last day will probably be sometimes at the end of the year. I am sure l will enjoy a much more relaxed schedule over the next few months as people are being let go, but for now it’s still busy.
- Special project
There is always a special project! This week, I am working on drafting termination letters for people I have personally worked with for many years. No! Still not working on mine! I could step back and let the US HR staff handle it all but I want to ensure my co-workers are being treated fairly. It requires a lot of extra hours, many of them outside of regular business hours because we have managers all over the States with various time zone. Our employment laws are so different in Canada ,under common law, sometimes determining the common law notice and severance pay can be a very tedious process .
- My computer crashed on Friday!
I wasted almost two days working with our IT guy to get a new computer set up. And since everything at work has some kind of encryption, it takes longer to get it all set up! What a nightmare when you lose it all!
At least he was able to retrieve some of my recent files. We do use a “shared drive” where we keep our critical files but I usually only move my files there once I am done working on them.
And NO I didn’t do regular backups!!! I know, I know, I will! But I do tell my kids to do it.
You can’t predict a landlord’ schedule. For months you could just be doing nothing but collecting rent and then for the following weeks, you could be going non-stop between dealing with tenants, fixing units or trying to find new tenants. That’s a landlord’s life!
With my flooded basement back in December, things have been busy with one of my rentals. But today should be the last day I have to deal with the contractor. I will go back for one more inspection before I pay my deductible. Hopefully everything will be fine. Finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Planning A Ski Trip:
Next week my 16-year-old son is off for the week and because he loves skiing, I thought it would be nice for the two of us to go on a short ski trip. His dad was a very outdoorsy kind of guy and I always feel guilty because I am not . I do love skiing but as I get older I really don’t enjoy the cold weather that much.
So since I have never been to Mont-Tremblant and it is only about 2 hours drive from our house, I thought it could be a nice little getaway. Apparently the skiing is great! But I need to find the time to look into it, time I don’t really have right now. I quickly checked last Monday and the ski passes were expensive so I need to shop around. At the same time, I will check if I can use my VISA reward points towards lodging there (finally travel hacking!). It may be nice to spend a night or two instead of a brief one day trip. The hotels/Airbnb at the bottom of the ski hills are a little pricey. Of course, I could go with a cheaper option but I want it to be a nice treat for both of us. You can’t go cheap all the time! I don’t want him to be disappointed so I better make the time to book everything soon (So why am I wasting time writing this post then ?)
I swear my friends all talked to each other last week and decided to bombard me with lunch and dinner offers, individually! I usually try to balance my social life so I don’t do tons at once and then nothing later but, for some reason, I agreed to go out for lunch four days in a row this week! One of the day I had double booked! Maybe I do need a break! I don’t even like lunch:(
Anyway, I cancelled the first two days because of my work load and computer issues. Plus, honestly, lunch out four days in a row just didn’t appeal to me (and to my wallet). No matter how much I like seeing my friends. I still can’t believe I agreed to it! Two lunches in one week is still a lot more than I usually do. But I need to keep my friends happy and it may help keep my sanity this week. It is all about balance, just like everything else.
General Lack Of Motivation Towards Blogging This Week!
I know, shame on me! I do really enjoy blogging and it has been an amazing experience so far. But this past week, I am totally lacking motivation. It happens to the best of us:(
When Blogging May Get In The way Of Living Your Life!
Blogging is very time-consuming and ,since it is just a hobby right now, sometimes it has to take a back seat. Even if you have a few posts ready to go, you still need to find time to promote your blog, participate in social media, respond to comments. It can take a life of its own and before you know it, you’ve spent hours at your computer.
Because life was so much busier this week, it was more challenging to find any time to blog! The problem, when you are short on time and slowdown in your blogging activities, is that it usually affects your page views (for new blogger like myself ) and when your page views drop then you lose even more motivation to blog, it’s a vicious circle. On Sunday, my page views were so low, I wondered why I even bother!
So maybe life didn’t get in the way of blogging this week, maybe blogging sometimes gets in the way of me living my life?
Why Keep Blogging If I Don’t Have Time?
Well, in all honesty, I just love being busy. I think blogging could help me in my transition to part-time work or retirement, if I can keep at it. It could be a good side hustle in the future and would help me stay connected with the outside world. I don’t plan to rely on blogging income, but if blogging keeps me busy when things slow down, it remains enjoyable most of the time (for all of us!) and I can eventually make a little money at it, then why not keep trying? Plus, there is so much more I want to share!
How about you, does your life ever get in the way of blogging? Or does blogging ever get in the way of living your life? If so, why do you keep blogging?
Did you ever ski at Mont-Tremblant?