work / life balance and cats?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This evening I got home at 8:30pm, which is standard for me. I'm usually at work until about 6:30pm, and then I hit the gym to try and make up for the fact that I sit on my behind in a office job five days a week. My husband works even longer hours at a start-up in Soho.

This is perfectly normal but it can't last forever - and we often talk about achieving a better work / life balance (these conversations happen very late at night).

On top of that my parents think we're a bit crazy. If we moved back to New Zealand tomorrow, we could afford to buy a decent sized house, work shorter hours and spend a whole lot more time in the sunshine. Instead we choose to throw away all our earnings on a W2 inner-city, crumbling London flat.

But here's the thing:

  1. I like working. And don't want to give up my job to have kids.
  2. We like big cities. Anywhere else would feel small now.
  3. And you do get used to the constant grey skies over here! Really.
So tonight I got home, flopped down onto the couch and switched on the telly to see the Channel 4 show: Compare Your Life. And surprise, surprise it featured a couple that were looking for a better work / life balance.

So what do cats have to do with anything? One of the lifestyle options they were given was to build and run a luxury cat hotel in their backyard. And I immediately thought - wouldn't that be great - waking up every day, feeding and playing with the cats and then having mountainous amounts of time to spend as you please. What a wonderful way to make a living.

ahem.. I can hear the crazy cat lady jokes now.

Why I'm not giving up London for cats just yet...

Platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross station, London
I'm not much of a morning person, but once a week I travel through Kings Cross station on route to work, and stumble past this spot, without so much of a glance. But that's the beauty of London, around most corners you can stumble on a famous landmark  - whether you know it or not. 

Rain Room at the Barbican, London
The art. 
Rain Room at the Barbican has now closed, but in London you're never short of new inspiration. This weekend I'm heading to the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.

Japanese Chiyogami paper at Shepherds, London
The fact that you can find anything if you look hard enough.
When I was planning our wedding I wanted a Japanese theme, particularly for the invites. So I found a store that specialised in Japanese Chiyogami paper. Easy.

So am I about to give it all up for a outdoorsy life surrounded by cats tomorrow? Not likely, but it is an idea I might file away for a rainy day. I haven't run it past my husband yet!

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  1. AnonymousJune 21, 2013

    Crazy profit margins on those cat hotels though! 37k profit on 40something turnover.

    It's just a shame the cats can't tip.