February is wrapping up and while it hasn’t been as chaotic as January was, it was still pretty hectic. This is mainly because I had 2 surgeries this month: laser eye surgery and all 4 wisdom teeth removed. Both within a week of each other.
Of course, even though these surgeries weren’t huge, they still required time off. I still needed time to recover. So my workload was much quieter this month. I didn’t pitch and I said no.
It was the best decision. I needed that time to rest and heal before I start travelling again. But, I still felt kind of guilty.
January was such a powerhouse month for me that coming down from that much monetary success is hard. I recognize that I hated last month. I was exhausted. Tired. Stressed. It was unhealthy. But I’m not going to lie, it felt REALLY good to see all that money coming in.
Now, as I compare my February revenue to what I made in January, I feel like I slacked off. Which is pretty ridiculous, because despite the surgeries I still beat my monthly income goal by 10%.
I love being my own boss. I love the freedom of creating my own schedule and saying yes or no as I please. But the thing with being your own boss is you need to push yourself, because nobody else will. The problem is I’m very competitive, even with myself, and sometimes I push myself too much.
But I recognize that.
So this past weekend instead of trying make up for it or get ahead I did... nothing. I spent time with my family. I took Stella out to play in the snow. I read almost an entire novel in 2 days.
After all, the whole point of working for myself was to give me freedom to spend time doing the things I love. Not to spend it all in front of my computer screen.
Sure, money is great. But money isn’t the same as happiness.
Mdina 🇲🇹 Today we took a bus to the ancient fortified city of Mdina. This 11th century walled “city” (population 300)was the capital of Malta until medieval times. Walking through it’s gate and the narrow alleys that wind around the city, it’s hard to imagine a bustling capital. It’s now a place full of foreigners, absorbing the old energy of the place, imagining it as it was hundreds of years ago. Robby and I admire the doors and door knockers here and almost give in to the temptation to buy one but resist. It’s hard when your on a long journey, this isn’t a vacation. We have to budget, eat inexpensively, we can’t buy clothes or souvenirs , and we use public transport most of the time. We are students of the world and we are learning so much about, well, everything. The human race, food, drink, tradition, geography, geology, language, but mostly we’re learning about ourselves. When shit hits the fan, how we react is very transparent to one another, when right now, we’re all we’ve got! Let me just say, my husband is a saint. His portrait should be hanging in one of the many cathedrals we’ve been to on this trip! Ha! I digress, what’s new? We take a coffee break at the famous Fontanella Tea Garden, and have cake and coffee, check out the beauty of the land and vineyards below. An Italian gentleman wants to sit at our table, and he does! The waiter tries to make him sit at another table but he’s not having it. He doesn’t even talk to us, just wants to sit there! I was raised by an Italian man, I get it! On the way back to the bus we are seduced by the sunset and stop to admire her amber glow in the sky. We head back to Birgu and splurge on dinner at a wine bar we discovered the day before. Love this place, Vlad, one of the servers, is a doll. A kind smile and heart. Good food, wine, and company. Another good day. 🙏🏻 ✌️♥️⭐️ #Malta#mdina#worldtraveler#liveloud#travelcouple#neverstoplearning#blessedlife#birgu