Belinda at Hang Town. Our favorite, indoor, hamburger joint.
I spent the morning scheduling future work and sending out "thank you" cards. By one o'clock, when I looked up from my desk, I was starving for lunch. And with the cold, north winds howling outside and the temperature dropping quickly I wanted something hot and comforting. Hamburger and fries. But I hate eating lunch alone. I grabbed my car keys and my EP2 and took the twelve steps from my studio into the front door of our house, in search of Belinda; kind spouse, vicious CFO and all around graphic designer. She was on the phone walking a client thru a website design but when I whispered, "Lunch?" She was off the phone and out the door in a shot.
I guess that's one of the benefits of working for yourself and having a spouse who is also self-employed, I'm almost never at a loss for a good lunch date. We headed to Hangtown to get a couple of really good burgers and some (almost) forbidden French fries. And we talked about our careers. It's good to have spent the last 25 years doing the things that most people dream of doing once they retire. It's still scary, even after 25 years, to take the leap of faith that work will continue to come in. That the marketing will continue to work. That photography (and design) will continue to be viable ways to earn a living. But once you get over the fear and embrace the freedom and the sheer adrenaline rush of working without any sort of safety net the ride becomes a lot of fun.
And we've learned that part of the reward of doing what we do is being able to do what we do. So we ate lunch. And talked about how nice life can be.