But also I own a beauty company. I have my own business and we make fine beauty oils. It's new and it's growing.
I am also a mother and wife. I am also a friend, dog-owner, housewife, cook, sister, driver, shopper, daughter, blogger...
Then I explain that I have been on a sabbatical for the last six months and they usually ask...'why?' And I umm and err and say 'just because'! I took the time off for a variety of reasons, not least to see what it would be like to concentrate on the other areas of my life that weren't my profession. I'd worked and worked until it wasn't fun anymore and everything else was suffering. So I stopped, then I went back, then (and this is the important bit) I stopped again: but on my terms.
The only way I can describe time off is an adjustment of the head-space that one walks around with every day. For the first month I felt odd, slightly displaced. The second month I felt worried. The third and fourth I felt content and the fifth and sixth I felt downright happy. My mind had emptied out and realigned. What I don't know is whether it was all-the-sweeter because I knew it was temporary. Knowing me, if I had been looking at a long-lasting life choice I might have developed the usual Lou-esque existential panic that often appears on this blog. But as it was: I loved it.
Things I now know:
Yoga is the answer.
Owning a dog is good for your health.
No matter what the day holds, my first and waking thought is a cuppa tea.
Even without a steady income, my urge to shop has not abated (much).
Sometimes you have to do things that scare you.
Don't be frightened of feeling the judgement of others - if it's OK with you, that's what matters.
The urge to whitewash my entire home and only have white furnishings has not lessened yet.
Having coffee is the mainstay of most mornings.
Circuit training is good for me; doing it with my friends even better.
I live in a very beautiful part of the world.
Even when I am not working, I still snap at my kids.
Even when I have all the time in the world, I still don't always get stuff done.
I can actually cook.
I suspect even Mary Poppins has a messy house sometimes ;-)
Running your own business can actually be harder than working for someone else's
In the last six months, I have seen more rain than I can recall in my entire life.
I have never been so in touch, so aware, so grounded, so present before.
I really, really want, in fact I am determined to keep hold of this feeling...watch me try! :-)