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Bye bye vacay

I’ve spent the past day and a half trying to find a house to rent next year for our vacation. It’s no small feat, given the six different nuclear families that come together, each with their own #1 priority. I think I’ve found something – which is good, because the thought of this ending without a next year’s plan is depressing.

Back to the grind this weekend. Back to “up at 5, exercise nutjob puppy until 5:30, start freelancing by 6, freelance until 10:30, homework with the kids until 11, clean the house, head out to have summer fun for the rest of the day, all day every day.” Oh, and it’s time to get ready for the semester. We also have several small camps lined up for the kids, so…summer’s kind of over.

I managed to actually keep up with freelancing while at the lake house, and only during one day did I have to work on stuff after everybody had gotten up for the day, so it’s a success. Our bills are going to be overwhelming, for sure, because we ended up chipping in for a bunch of other stuff while at the lake house, but such is life. We’ll get back to normal soon enough.

We’ve got a long way to go before we are out of debt, and an even longer way to go before we can imagine retiring or being financially independent, but I’m refreshed and ready to get going.

3 thoughts on “Bye bye vacay”

    1. I feel unqualified for tips and tricks! Here’s what I do, though – I go to bed when my kids do, around 8:30 or 9. I try to get up at 4:30 or 5. I take care of business (dog exercising, me exercising, feed the fish, drink some coffee, etc.) until about 6:30 or 7, and then I try to do as much “work” (including blogging) as I can until 10:30. I have an alarm on my phone that goes off at 10:30. My kids will often sleep until 9, and they by now are used to me saying “I am working right now” until that alarm goes off.

      Doesn’t always work. Oh, I also multi-task with the blogging, so when I’m walking the dog out back (off-leash, but she won’t actually run around unless I’m walking in her vicinity), I also start writing, and then I clean it up once I come inside.

      My goal every day is to get it all done before that 10:30 alarm. Having a schedule like that makes a big difference for me both in terms of my own focus and what my kids are willing to let me do. Once that alarm goes off, I try to put it all away.

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