This week was pretty mellow. I had work, but nothing was too overwhelming, and I’m trying to exercise everything I’ve learned reading the book on stress, to deflect any annoyances that may have occurred. By the way, I noticed another one of my stress triggers is when people constantly interrupt me. I think that annoys everyone though, right? Note to self: be someone who does not interrupt.
Wednesday was a super fun day. First of all, I channeled my inner Katniss Everdeen, and shot some arrows in my producer’s backyard. I hadn’t done that since high school. I did pretty well for being a re-newbie.
Later in the afternoon I took the “day off” and went to an LA Kings Parade in the South Bay party. As I mentioned in a previous post, all but one or two of the Kings players live in the Beach Cities (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach), so they had a special parade just for us. How cool is that!? My friend rented a beach cottage and had people over to celebrate, while the players paraded down The Strand right in front of the house. After, we played some beach volleyball.
In the meantime, I was getting emails left and right screaming “URGENT” on them and that I needed to make changes to videos IMMEDIATELY!! My clients were aware of my time off and that I wouldn’t be available, so I stood my ground. I let the panic go right over my head and enjoyed the day immensely. I even road my bike to the beach.
As a freelancer, you can feel the pressure to always be “on” and available, but there are times where you can’t be everywhere at once. Having that type of event (the parade) so close to where I live happens once in a blue moon. If I had not gone, or cut my time short, I would have regretted it and been bitter and resentful. Instead I got up at 6am the next day and hit the ground running making changes to videos.
So I’m planning two unexpected trips in addition to Fincon 14 in New Orleans in September this year.
The first should be very relaxing and frugal. My friend Karen moved from this area to Bass Lake (near Yosemite) to take over the house her parents used to live in. She has been wanting people to come visit for awhile, but why I hadn’t really thought of it I have no idea. Well, that’s not entirely true. You see I used to spend A LOT of time there. My ex-boyfriend is from there and his parents still live there, so we went up a lot. It’s a tiny town, and I was not comfortable with the idea of ever running into them. But it’s been a long time now, and that idea is just ridiculous. Who cares!
So I plan on going up in July sometime to just swim, chill, read, eat, drink wine, and go out on the pontoon boat for a long weekend.
The second trip is to Detroit in October. I wanted to fly my Mom out here so she could spend a week with me and a week with her sister in Orange County. But…and it’s way too long of a story, she isn’t going to come. Personally, I do not want to live with any regrets in not spending time with my parents. I see on FB all the time friends losing parents. My mom may be
a bit a lot loony, but she is still my Mom.
She did perk up and get really excited when I told her I was coming home. For one, I planned it around a University of Michigan football game (she has season tickets), and two, because I’ll be there for my birthday. The good news is it only cost me 15k Southwest points, and I still have another 40k points left.
This weekend I’m going to a friend’s birthday party at a state park in Santa Monica to watch Polo, and of course playing beach volleyball. What are you up to?
But before you go, make sure you stop by this post where I’m giving away a pair of ASICS running shoes!
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Jessica from Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses: Spend Money Where It Counts…On Yourself
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