My last hurrah

By Katharine Swan On Monday, October 31, 2011 At 8:18 PM

I start my new afternoon nanny job tomorrow, so today I took advantage of my last weekday of freedom and visited my in-laws (and my soon-to-be-mine horse).  I'm catching up on blogging and some work this evening, and I'll be attending the NaNoWriMo kickoff party in my area tonight.  I won't be able to stay very late, because of early-morning obligations (tomorrow will be a very busy day for me), but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and getting started on my NaNo word count!

I'm looking forward to starting this new job and having the additional income, but I know I'm still going to miss my afternoons off.  I'll have to get used to a new way of doing things — I used to allow myself the mornings to answer personal email, check Facebook, and blog, but now I'll have to be conscientious about getting right to work when I have client projects waiting for me.  I may have to get used to getting up a little earlier again (gasp!).  I've been allowing myself to stay up late reading and sleep until 10am many mornings, but with less time for working, that may not always be possible.

The other thing I may need to start doing is going out to the barn in the mornings.  I've been going in the evenings, but as it gets colder that may not be as pleasant, even if I do generally have the barn to myself late at night.  Afternoons will be out, so mornings will be my only opportunity to ride.  I expect that some days I'll want to ride in the mornings, and make up the lost work hours in the evening — a distinct possibility that my husband and I have already discussed (and he's fine with — says he wants to play more video games, anyway.  Grownup boys and their toys...).

It's definitely going to require some changes in thinking, scheduling, and time management skills, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless.  I love the family I'll be working for, and I'm very much looking forward to the change in pace!

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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