As you can see from the date, it’s been GASP! over 4 months since my last post!!
Where the heck have I been?
Well if you must know :), I’ve been going through some changes in my work and in my home.
Back in May of this year, an opportunity presented itself for me to move from my casual position at work (<20 hrs a week) to a full time position.
I debated this opportunity for a time.
I mean I loved being home, spending time with my husband, who also works casual, being able to work on the garden, and work on Budget Minded Organics, but I was always really just living from paycheck to paycheck.
I have no health insurance, no 401k, no hidden investments, no inheritance, and no life insurance; so a full-time position offered more income and more security.
So I took the job.
In making this decision, I knew that there might be some neglect in my home, my garden and my website.
But I also knew of so many bloggers who were able to juggle jobs, family and a successful site.
I figured if they could do it; so could I.
Well after only three months, I discovered that I was not nearly as good at juggling as I envisioned myself being.
Not only had my home, garden and website suffered neglect, but also my health and my relationship with my patient husband began to show signs of distance.
On top of all that, my attitude at work began to worsen. I was becoming a major bitch.
This was so not good. This is not at all how I had hoped this would turn out. I realized that I had made a mistake.
So around the middle of August, I announced to my manager that I needed to go back to casual status.
She was only too happy to comply. Apparently it’s been a little difficult for her to find someone interested in my old casual job. Most people want full-time positions.
Unfortunately, I maintained a full-time schedule for another two months until they could find someone to replace me.
Luckily, a young lady came along, younger than my youngest daughter, who filled the position beautifully. It was a perfect win-win scenario.
Time for a Holiday
Early October, I left with my husband for a three-week holiday on the mainland to visit family.
During this time and for the past couple of weeks, I have been acclimating to my new free time and adjusting to the drop in my monthly income.
I’ve also been given ample opportunity to rethink the direction I want to go with Budget Minded Organics.
With my new direction in life, it seems pretty clear how BMO will fit in.
I want to maintain a quality diet with lots of organic fruits and vegetables. This can be very expensive in Maui. One of the drawbacks of living in paradise.
But one of the major blessings of living in the islands is that I can grow year round.
So, I cleared the garden out before leaving on holiday. I wanted a clean slate to build on.
My focus will be:
- To increase the amount of herbs I grow. That is a major expense that I can help eliminate. Good herbs at the store can be so cost prohibitive.
- Use these herbs to create some DIY products like oils and such for the kitchen or beauty products for the bath.
- Increase produce harvest to the point that I can either sale produce at a farmer’s market or learn good preserving techniques or both!
And how will Budget Minded Organics fit into the picture?
A Fresh New Approach
Well to me it seemed obvious. I will definitely be on a budget and I stand firm with organic growing methods. I want to share gardening tips and tricks, lessons learned and the small victories I hope to experience.
So the fresh, new approach to BMO will include:
- Growing experiences in the garden.
- Do-it-yourself projects with herbs
- Ideas for preserving a successful harvest, and
- Garden to table recipes.
This is a very exciting time for me. I’m really grateful for this opportunity and want to take full advantage of this growing experience.
Another area of my life that I’ve given special attention to is my Take Care of Me time.
Now that I’m home more, I want to give the time and attention to my own personal needs; needs that have been neglected during my years as a mother, homemaker, wife and employee.
This will develop into a special segment of BMO called TCOM. I hope some of these ideas will inspire you to love and nurture yourself more.
It’s going to be fun. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.