“There is more to life than making a living. Do not work more than you live.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
I’m a firm believer in finding a great work–life balance (where ‘work’ = what you do to earn a living, and ‘life’ = all the stuff you do for fun). Of course, in an ideal world, the work side of the equation should be something that you like to do, making for a better quality of life all round.
In my day job, I’m a business analyst, and I work on a freelance contract basis for clients in the travel and retail industries. I love my job and I think I’m pretty good at it; it certainly gives me great job satisfaction. But I also have many personal projects and hobbies, not least of which is this site, Kavey Eats, now in its 10th year!
To that end, ever since I switched from permanent to freelancing employment more than 16 years ago I have always taken some time off after the end of a contract, before seeking and starting a new one. I just completed a 15 month stint for one of my favourite clients, but decided it was time for just such a break, and am taking summer and autumn off from the day job.
One of my projects for these coming months is a re-brand and re-design of this site, focusing on making it clearer to visitors what we offer today (lots of travel, a fair bit of food and a little lifestyle) and how to find the content you want, plus a fresh look and feel to go with that.
In between the blog project, I’ve booked some short-haul trips away, a few visits to out-of-town friends, an intensive pottery class in Wye, and other fun things.
How do you strive for a good work–life balance?
I visited Porto a couple of years back and absolutely loved this vibrant, buzzing, yet laid back city. There’s so much to see and do in Porto, it’s perfect for a long weekend or weekday city break.
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