Sunday, March 3, 2013

'Living the Dream'.......Really????

A friend of mine, who doesn't like her job, wants to quit and start renovating houses for a living.  She told me 'You're living the dream!".

I found that pretty hilarious.  I'm not sure, when people start thinking about this as a career, they realize what a big lifestyle change this will mean.  Don't get me wrong, I love what I'm doing.  But it is a LOT different than a corporate job.

Sadly, this 'Dig Safe' hat is now a fashion accessory!
  • Change #1 - your wardrobe.  I still own high heel shoes, but they're in the back of the closet with the dust bunnies (although truth be told, there isn't a lot of opportunity to wear spike heels in Maine in the winter).  I can't leave the house without a Base Layer - aka long underwear.  It's the only way to make it through the day in a cold house!  And jewelry and accessories?  Check out my painting hat.
  • Change #2 - You'll trade Board Rooms for Butt Cracks.  It's an occupational hazard - LOL.  I've just learned to avert my eyes. 
  • Change #3 -  You'll employ a combination of cajoling, nagging and encouragement to keep everything on schedule.  There are lots of moving parts to coordinate.  But wait....maybe that isn't so different from the corporate life!!
  • Change #4 - Forget having nice fingernails.  I'd be embarrassed to have a manicure.  And I seem to routinely be showering saw/plaster/old-house dust out of my hair.
On the good news side, I've lost almost 20 pounds without changing my eating habits one bit.  And I still consume copious amounts of chocolate!  Not sitting at a desk and in meetings every day has it's plusses!  I feel better, am stronger, and have fewer aches and pains.  I recently saw a report from a Mayo Clinic doc ( that suggested humans haven't evolved to sit all day.  And given my experience, I totally agree!

All in all, I love what I do and am very happy with the lifestyle.  So is it living the dream?  Well it is for me, but I'm not sure it's for everyone!

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  1. It's kind of that way with many things... we see other's blessings and lives through rose colored glasses and wish we could "have it so great and easy". When in truth, true business success always comes with a lot of hard work before and during. That's the part we all forget about when we're drooling over other peoples "dream life". ;) I think we all do it a little, especially thanks to the blogging world, facebook, and pinterest.

  2. It's your dream and that's all that matters- P.S. I love Change #2!! ;)

  3. It's your dream and that's all that matters! I love seeing all of the new pictures and how a house that needs so much help is GORGEOUS in the end- You definitely were born to renovate homes! And Change #2 is hilarious- Now...come down and help me renovate mine!!!! :)

  4. Sounds like a fun way to lose weight!


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