My name is Jeanie and I have tendencies towards workaholism.
I have tried to cure myself of it in the past.
When I first worked in the advertising industry, I often worked 16 hour days, learned the security code by heart, had my own taxi-driver and made coffee for the big boss every morning - as I was already there, it made sense.
I once worked 36 hours straight because a report was required.
I blamed the industry I was in, so I changed industries.
Workaholism came with me.
Since having 'Salina, I have worked (ha ha) hard to overcome the tendency.
When I was a sole parent, this was forcibly easier as the choice was 'Salina/work (although there were times when the sleep/work equation was harder).
Recently, economic circumstances and having an extra parent has meant that the choice between 'Salina and work had other factors, and I didn't feel as much guilt saying yes to a bit more work - and a bit more work.
The last two and a half weeks, I have worked a full-time job as well as for my clients. I love doing work for my clients. I love the job I was doing during the day.
I had to say yes to the full-time job, because the person I am filling in for had a very good reason to not be there for that time.
I had to say yes to all the little tasks of my clients because I want them to stay my clients.
I started work at 6 and would do an hour or two at home, before doing 8 hours at work then back for another little bit at home.
Sleep lost a little. V lost a little. 'Salina lost a little.
But hooray - the full-time component has wrapped up!!
Of course, the next few days I am trying to catch up on the runaround things I missed (couldn't say no to P&C, couldn't say no to filling forms and visiting various government offices), and so there is a very aptly named public holiday on Monday - Labour Day - where I think I will have wiped the slate.
I missed all of you - I have visited few and very rarely of late.
The money is good - very welcome indeed - but the sanity is required.
Balance is needed.
I - the I I was before being sucked back into the workaholism vortex - will be back soon, I hope.