I spent the last week at a resort in Cancun. It was a beautiful place, perfect for soul searching. I went as the “plus one” with my friend Sandi. It was sort of a family reunion for her extended family, her stepdaughter was there along with her family and there were others but I’m really not sure how the entire group of 38 were related. I was a bit of a fish out of water there since the only person I knew beforehand was Sandi but she was almost the same way. She knew a few people but obviously was on the outside of most of the rest of the family relationship and was looking in.
The resort was called Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun. The resort itself was beautiful, the staff was out of this world and the view was remarkable. Cool ocean breezes, sunny weather and unlimited rum drinks made this a perfect holiday however I don’t relax well. I’m not one that just sits around and bakes in the sun. I burn quickly and found myself on edge the first couple of days. Finally (perhaps it was the rum drinks) I found that I was able to sit back and watch life pass me by.
Every morning Sandi and I would go to the beach and have a cabana made up for us. This was a queen sized bed that was covered by a huge canopy and two reclining chairs and a small table. I felt like royalty. I spent the majority of the time in the shade on the bed and could draw the curtains should the sun shift so I remained without a sunburn. The breezes off the gulf were quite brisk and there were times I had to wrap a towel around my shoulders to get warm. But all in all it was a piece of heaven.
I read, watched some Netflix and finally relaxed. Sandi spent most of her time in the sun listening to music. I decided to use that time to focus on how I was going to move forward. I tried to meditate but I found it difficult as my program faded in and out as the wifi wasn’t the greatest. But I did manage to make some decisions.
I realized I need to give up the tax return business. I have already given up my bookkeeping and corporate returns but I’m not qualified to continue to work on the tax clients. My problem is that it is good money over a two month span and I need it right now. This year I had to help Amanda out and I’m having to support Adam as he gets started on his career. I can’t do it without an extra income. I had thought either Amanda or Adam would help me with “the family business” so that they could supplement their income in the future but that doesn’t seem to be happening. I figure I have ten years of life left and want to enjoy it. I don’t want to sell my house but I could if I needed the money. But for now, I have to work and supplement my investment income.
So … where does that leave me. One thing that bothers me regarding the tax business is it is being run out of my home. This means I need to keep the house clean at all times, which is not easy if I’m working by myself. I have to be the receptionist, interviewer, tax preparer and bookkeeper all at once. There is no time for myself. Last year I was totally stressed out as the person I hired didn’t show up most of the time and I got very little help at home. So today I met with the guy that has been helping me and told him I’m getting out. We brainstormed where he could open an office and he is going to try and get it set up immediately. Hopefully this will work out.