|My brother's inner child wanted a Dinosaur Cake for his 27th Birthday.|
1. About a month ago, I started working at my old job again at the college, after being gone and living on only my business income for a year. The idea came up around Christmas time, when I went to visit my co-workers to give them cards and little treats. They asked if I wanted to come back to work with them. At the time, I flat-out said "no", because I do not want to go back to what I was doing before, which was being an aid and note taker for kids with special needs during their college courses. (Basically the movie Groundhog's Day. I was forced to repeat Freshman year forever.) It turns out that they are interested in trying to start up a night shift for the department, and they knew they could trust me to do the admin stuff and test proctoring, so I am in a sort of experimental phase a couple nights a week. We don't know if the college will allow it to stick, but I'm thankfully in a situation where I'll be alright with money if it falls through. It's the perfect part-time job. It does not interfere with my business at all, because most of my operations happen during the day
2. I decided to do an American Sign Language course to help one of our students. It feels really good to have the power to turn down working the classes I don't want (like Freshman math and English) and only say "yes" to the topics I'm actually interested in learning! I was really hyped about ASL at first, but since I came in mid-semester, I don't really understand a whole lot, but I still pick up on random vocabulary.
3. I was offered a wholesale collaboration with a local business owner that could have been really profitable....But the guy who offered to do the deal asked me out to dinner about two weeks into the project. On one hand, I couldn't help but feel a little flattered, because the moment I stepped out of my little hermit cave of social hiatus I took during all of 2014, someone is asking me out. On the other hand, it SUCKS. A LOT. I'm not interested in this guy. We have zero chemistry, and he's way too old for me. I was very polite when I turned him down, and I am finding a way to slowly back out of this deal, but on the inside, I am screaming, REALLY DUDE!? It's too awkward and uncomfortable for me to continue the deal. So we both lose out on life-changing money. Unless he can find another e-commerce person in this area that has my track record, he took a $40k risk in order to see if he has a shot at asking me out. I feel like it's not even flattering at that point. It's just stupid. I did not give him any reason to think I would be interested. I was 100% all about the business and the numbers, and I never flirted with him. So it was literally like putting all his chips on one number on the roulette table and asking to spin.
4. I started going back to the gym. I really, truly feel so much more content with life when I add in green juice and exercise. I'm such an academic, nerdy couch potato, and yet I truly get addicted to having a healthy lifestyle once I get off my ass and begin doing it. The last time I had a gym membership, it was at an expensive health club. There were a lot of catty women who were clearly judging one another. I loved that gym, because it was so gorgeous, but I never loved the people who went there. Now that I am working at the college again, I get to use their gym for free. I am surrounded by the athletes who are putting in the weight lifting and cardio hours their coaches require of them. No one is judging one another. It's small, there definitely isn't a jacuzzi or sauna, but it's like the room has this vibe of mutual respect, because all of us are there to get fit. I love it.
5. It has finally been getting at least a little bit warmer lately, so that lifts my spirits. I thrive in warm weather. Gas prices are also going down, which is amazing. My plan is- now that I have multiple incomes, maybe I can finally afford to take more day trips. That is really the #1 reason why I chose the life of an e-commerce entrepreneur, and eventually (hopefully) a writer. I want the freedom to go wherever I want, whenever I want, and I may not even work during the summer, since most of our students don't even do summer classes. It just has me generally feeling hopeful and happy about the near future.