I took a little hiatus from this blog through our very hectic holidays, and now that they’re over I’ll get back to sharing posts here, but less frequently so. Around a month ago my husband and I sat down in front of our yearly calendar and after going through it week by week, we realized he had worked around 70% of weekends in the past year. I truly can’t help that my skin crawls every time somebody jokingly asks him what he does half the year when he isn’t busy. Zack is a farmer, but also has had his hands in various other agribusinesses ever since we got married. As most anyone who owns their own business involved in sales knows, you don’t really ever get to work 9-5 and have weekends off. Something can always be done, or a customer is always calling. I grew up with parents who are both self-employed, so thankfully I understand that, but with Zack it’s been such an extreme as the business grows.
Work and personal life is a balance that is difficult to strike when one is as ambitious as he is. So we made the decision together that January would be the perfect time to figure out how much of his work could be delegated to me, in an attempt to make his life less stressful, and to give both of us more of a personal life together. The reason we even started going back on the calendar to see what our year had looked like was because we both felt that anytime he wasn’t working, it was always because we had plans with friends or family somewhere. As grateful as we are for our social life and families, it’s left little time for us as a couple when he works so much. A home life has been more non-existent than ever for us, and that’s not something either of us is okay with.
So with the decision to help him more, I’ll have less time here. Beyond that, we’ve also both realized more and more the importance of making a life over making a living, and the value of spending our free time in the pursuit of health and happiness. In an attempt to deviate away from a materialistic driven existence, we’re utilizing our hours of freedom more to exercise, read, practice yoga together, play with our dogs, and seek out experiences rather than things. That’s not to say I won’t remain active here, but the content will be more inspired (I hope), and more quality over quantity. We’re both excited at our approach to 2017, I hope your sentiments for the new year are the same!