Now that I am only working two days a week, I often get asked the question "what do you do with all that spare time?" - it's a question I would have asked myself a year or so ago when I was in the middle of the 9-5 grind where every day seemed to be a work day, or getting over work, or getting ready for work.
I think we also wonder if we would get bored being left to our own devices several days a week. I wondered what I would do to fill the time, but it is remarkable how easily time fills itself with satisfying occupations other than going to work to earn a crust or two (or twenty). I spread myself out very comfortably over my days off and manage to be gainfully occupied most of the time. I even have to put some stuff off to the following week because I don't want to be constantly busy.
I fill my time with bits of housework, grocery shopping, reading, going to the library, catching up with a friend or two (or sometimes three) for coffee and a chat. I write my blog posts, read other people's posts, keep abreast of facebook, Pin pretty pictures, talk to my children on the phone, spend time with my mentor child. I ride my bike, visit the in-laws, spend time with my mum if she is down visiting, talk to my husband (probably more than he was expecting), sit in the sun, go for walks, have the occasional nap, watch Dr Phil (if he's not doing some weird story or other) and the list goes on.
There's a lot to be said for relaxing with a cat, a cup of coffee and a good book. I'm learning how to relax and regroup and recharge. I'm learning that life is about more than just going to work to earn lots of money to spend on more "stuff" or to save for a rainy day. I'm learning that most people won't believe anything I've written here or would just sigh gustily and think "it's okay for her" and that is fine by me. I have long given up on trying to compete or to justify my life - I'm all for doing what works best for you - and if it's not working for you, then for Pete's sake, stop for a moment and breathe and make some changes. In the meantime, in answer to the question "what do you do with all that spare time?" well.....where do I start?