#10: Why am I doing this again?!

A week gone to the dogs, the real meaning of productivity, and what marketing actually looks like.

Long day ahead so I’m chilling with a simple iced coffee, made slightly better by the company of J. Wray and his nephews. (It’s rum, ya’ll. I’m talking about spiking my coffee with white rum.)

My dog got himself beat up by some other dogs last week. Badly. So badly that one bit into to him and ripped out a whole piece of flesh around his neck. Needless to say, it derailed all my plans. Instead, I spent my days navigating vet visits, pharmacy runs, nursing wounds (🤢) and basically doing everything besides work.

It’s easy to get mad at things like this and think about all the productivity I’m missing out on. And when I think about all the money I had to pull from my emergency fund to make it happen, I cringe. But then I remembered…

I’m doing the work I do, and trying to be as productive as possible, BECAUSE I want to be able to take care of my dog. I also saved up my emergency fund for exactly this reason. This is what is supposed to happen.

Being able to keep a regular schedule and work productively most of the time is great, but we’ve got to remember why we do it. There’s more to life than work, and just because you’re not working, doesn’t mean you’re not living a fulfilling life. In fact, the opposite is true. Having the ability and freedom to do other things besides work is the fulfilling part.

Work should fuel life, not the other way around.

What happens when I give my friends marketing advice…