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This is my view most days... 

I don't always balance a cup of coffee on my laptop, that's just silly.  It's one of my favorite coffee mugs and I like showing it off.

When I first started working from home in 2014, I said I would not be one of those people in my pajamas all day. I still treat each day like I was going to work.  I will get up early, still get dress (maybe not business casual anymore) but I would still get ready like I was going out.  That lasted maybe a couple of months. Now I go from PJ pants to lounge pants or a pair of jeans with holes in them, not cool holes like the young folks wear. Holes in very unflattering places. 

I was also going to go out at least once a week and work from Starbucks or Panera Bread which are both just walking distance from me.  Nope.  That got old pretty quick and I don't like Starbucks as much any more.  I'm so cozy in my home, it's just hard to leave some days, especially if I get out to do my walk/jog first.  Happy to say I still get out of bed at a decent time in the morning. I don't want to waste my day sleeping in.

So what has been keeping me busy at home if I'm not making as much jewelry anymore?

Typepad -  I still work for my blog host.  Some days are crazier than others but I still enjoy it.  I like that I don't start until the afternoon so I can take my time waking up and getting settled in the day. I don't like working on weekends but part of me getting this job was that they need someone for the weekends and my hours are a little more flexible so it's not like I can't make any plans on a weekend.

A Little Beacon Blog -  I started freelancing with this blog back in October. It's about the goings-on in Beacon, NY made for locals and out-of-towners.  I love Beacon, NY and spend a decent amount of time there. So when an opportunity came up to work with them and help out with their Social Media and other tasks, I jumped on it.  When I met editor, Katie, for my "job interview" it was the most casual meeting I've ever had and we hit it off.  ALBB allows me to apply my HTML/social/web know-how that I've learned over the years. I like to help, and it's a fun gig. I see this blog growing a great deal this year so I think I'm going to be busy for a while. :) 

The Hudson Valley Etsy Team - so I've been one of the co-leaders of this team for a couple of years and there's a lot of stuff and discussion going on behind the scenes that the rest of the team does not know about.  Less attention has been paid to Pulp Sushi because I was focusing my energy on this group. I don't mind. I want to see this group grow.   Right now we are in the process of changing our name because more often than not, we are getting mixed up for the Etsy office in Hudson, NY (we're not affiliated).  A lot of emails to be read.

Pulp Sushi - duh!  But there is less pressure now since I decided to scale back a bit.  I still keep my Etsy shop updated and I just posted a new item the other day.  I'm not going to pressure myself with holidays I can capitalize on.  When I have something new to post, I'll just post it.  Unfortunately, my camera has been giving some trouble with this last new item so I may be due for a new camera soon.  Talk about "passive income", it doesn't get more passive than this.  PS stopped bringing money in for me months ago and I still don't have the energy to work myself back up to it. 

All this on top of regular household chores because the laundry is not gonna do itself! So while folks will say I am lucky I get to work from home (I am) it's not all just hanging out, watching Netflix, and just doing whatever my heart desires with no one to answer to.   I still answer to people, I can't make my own hours entirely, and I get lonely.  Getting together with friends is something I am really going to try to work on this year and not just rely on the internet for connecting with people.  I don't think I can go back to a 9 to 5 schedule, hope I never have to!

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