I'm in a terrible fix.
Okay, this isn't exactly what I mean. I learned how to say no to that many years ago.
but, if you work for yourself and you work from home you probably know what I mean. This has been talked about thousands of times, but I still find it hard to say no to people when I am at home working.
They want my time. They need me.
There is no one else to help them and I want to be there for them. I really do, but I need to work. I have to support myself. What do I do? I feel like I am running through a deep woods.
My life as a baby boomer woman is so much different than my mother's. She has always been taken care of. She never worked outside the home and she never had any financial worries. Now her care taking has fallen on my shoulders. On top of that, I have an older sister who can't drive more than a couple of blocks because she gets confused about where she is.
So yesterday, after running their errands and realizing I only had two hours until I needed to cook dinner, I decided it was time to set some ground rules. Once I have done the breakfast dishes, made my bed, helped my mom with any immediate concerns, I will be closeting myself in my room to work. It is not okay to disturb me unless it is an emergency. I will reappear at lunch and address any needs that have popped up. After that, I will return to my room to work for the rest of the afternoon.
I will take the time to go out thrifting and attending auctions. I will pay attention to my business.
WHEW!!! That was hard. Saying no is a difficult thing to do, but sometimes you just have to stop
and realize that you are important, too. I think there will be a lot less stress in my life if I do this. I will know that I am taking care of me, too.
and on a business note I have just added an ON SALE section to my ImSoVintage shop. You can find it here.