Happy New Year, everyone. May it be a good one for us all.
Work, writing, blogging, and everything else that goes on. Still trying to get the balance here and it’s escaped me somewhat this week. Ironically, I started a Time Management for Writers class this week through Orange County Romance Writers. Good class so far. For one thing, there are assignments we’re asked to do every day. Not big ones, but things such as posting what you loved about your writing that day. Much easier to stay involved in you’re doing something every single day.
However, the big reason I’ve had difficulty struggling with the balance this week is because the husband and I have made a decision and closed a deal on a car. After due consideration and much resistance of the urge to strangle every used car salesman we met, we made a decision — and bought the car our mechanic found for us.
This was a decision of heart, not head, because instead of buying a late model economy car such as a Toyota or a Honda, we bought a 1986 Mercedes 420SEL. You buy a 25-year-old Toyota, folks figure you had to buy cheap. You buy a 25-year-old Mercedes (with only one previous owner), you’re buying a classic. Even if it’s not in great shape, the assumption is that you’ll fix it up. Fortunately, this one is in beautiful shape and doesn’t need fixing up.
If we were just thinking about practicalities, we would have bought a Honda or Toyota, which get excellent gas mileage. But what was amazing is that the husband, who almost always goes for the practical, is the one who fell in love with this car. He enjoyed driving it and immediately started talking about spending some time driving up the California coast.
Car is getting smogged and a new radio put in this weekend while we transfer funds around. The other thing about the 420 is that not only does the husband love it, but we save an extremely large sum of money. Maybe I’m still struggling with the balance, but there are moments when the universe lines up to deliver something nice.
A couple of weeks ago, the husband and I made a decision that altered a couple of things, causing me to change some plans I’d been making for a vacation next year. It wasn’t an enthusiastic decision, but a necessary one. No nothing traumatic, but it has to do with a major purchase.
Yesterday, out of the blue, we were offered a chance to make that purchase in a way that is a) relatively painless for us and b) will give us something much better than what we were looking for. It’s not a done deal yet, and we have do some thinking before we go down this path, because it will be a change in how we handle some areas of our life. But it was a good feeling, the mere opportunity an unlooked for blessing.
If you leave yourself open to the possibilities, it’s amazing what can happen around you. Oh, and if we do get this, I will definitely have pictures when it arrives.
Here’s to a fresh, shiny new year. May it be filled with love, happiness and success for us all.