I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year. My Christmas highlight was Dad tipping over a full glass of red wine all over our Christmas dinner (before we started eating), so we had red roast potatoes with red turkey :) Here’s the Christmas dinner before we all sat down, unfortunately I didn’t get an after-the-wine-incident photo.
I spent a lot of time over the Christmas period being a bit of a misery guts and thinking about what I could do for 2014. I’ve always believed that if you tell someone your goals or dreams then in that second you’ve just failed at achieving them. Well, I’m going to test that theory by throwing caution into the wind and putting my goal for 2014 into the public domain. I’m going self-employed!
There. I’ve said it. In 2014 I’m going self-employed and starting a business and it’ll work. I’ve actually been sat twiddling my thumbs and playing with the idea since I quit my first ‘real life’ job in April 2013. Pretty lazy, huh? I knew that I wanted to go self-employed but I had no idea what I would actually do, until an idea stuck me. I could be a handywoman (and I’m not talking about the dodgy kind!). Here is a nice off-topic photo of the Seven Sisters:
I did tons of research surrounding the theme of ‘what the hell should I do with my life’ and everybody was saying the same thing. Do what you enjoy and what makes you happy (and what somebody would be willing to pay you for) and I finally came up with my handywoman idea. I also know two things: I’m far too bossy to work for someone else (ironically, I currently work for my partner up at the University at the moment and bossing him around at work is generally a bad idea) and if I work for somebody then I am never going to earn more than they will. So by going self-employed I can be as bossy as I like (also give Jon a break) and pay my own salary.
I’ve spent months helping my parents on our home in Portugal with a variety of jobs that I haven’t always written home about, such as: painting the interior and exterior, repairing walls, garden clearing and tree pruning, cementing new flags down, using a an electric saw to cut wood for the terraces, putting up scaffolding (albeit incorrectly!), and hanging pictures and very heavy mirrors mirrors. Quite an array of jobs, don’t you think?
Another thing that my research told me was to ‘begin with the end in mind’. One day when I’m made of money (har har) I’d like to be able to buy property, do it up all myself (which would save a ridiculous amount of money), and then either rent it or sell it off for a profit. It’s certainly harder to do that nowadays in the UK because you get stung by all sorts of taxes but it’s still a very real possibility over in Portugal. I would also like to one day build my own home, but again I lack the money to do so at this stage in my life.
Yesterday the ball started to roll and I’ve started a DIY course that even goes into plumbing and tiling. So far, so good. Maybe one day soon someone will trust me enough to let me ‘fix’ their house and I can be one step closer to cutting Jon some slack at work.
To lighten the mood a little, here’s Jon shaking the Christmas tree before we took it down (I think it took itself down):