Back to the two part requirement:
2. Is it practical?
We'll move along to #2 here...
Here's where some might call me a cynic,
but I just like to think of it as a healthy dose of reality.
Owning my own small business doing some combination of
Christmas decorating, playing with basset hounds, organizing, and color coding planners
would be my dream world.
Like, happiness beyond a shadow of a doubt.
But as glorious as that sounds, and as much as my inner hippie wants to say,
"Yes, Casey, you should follow that dream,
because basset hounds are so fun,
even better when mixed with Christmas,
and all that matters is that you're happy,"
my inner intelligence tells me....
that ain't happenin.
Being happy at work is oh-so-very-important to me,
but there has to be balance.
Quality of life matters.
And I'm preaching to myself here because there are lots of days that I'd be much happier rockin' around the Christmas tree with Pierre and friends.
Instead of, you know, spending hours drafting a trust for a client.
|I mean, wouldn't this make YOU happy?|
But for me, quality of life means not worrying that I'm throwing money out the window
on a business that's not providing any kind of return for my family.
Setting aside my silly (yet truthful) example above,
knowing that I'm getting the full value out of my law degree,
and that I'm contributing to a more stable future (financially and otherwise)
for my family also make me happy.
And it's a much deeper kind of happy that goes past the day to day.
It's a practical kind of happy, and I'm a practical kind of person.
The bottom line is that when you own your own business,
you do have to focus on the bottom line.
And if what you want to do isn't practical,
your bottom line is going to be in the red.
There's nothing about that that's happy.
Find your balance.
For me, that was starting a business that allows me to (essentially) plan for a living.
And I can color code my files and my calendar if I want to.
And Pierre goes to my office with me.
And, well, come December...
there will be a Christmas tree in the corner of my office.