My mother once told me that people either have lots of time or lots of money, but usually not both. It's something I used to think about when I worked at a law firm where vacations had to be squeezed in between deal closings.
I guess what I'm saying is nothing is perfect. I love what I do and the flexibility of my schedule but there are trade offs. I have to be disciplined and work hard, sometimes even on the weekends. My salary as a writer is a fraction of a decimal point of what I made as a lawyer, but I get to make up stories, talk on-line and pick my kids up from school in the afternoon. In a perfect world there would be enough hours to play, cook, entertain like Martha Stewart, exercise, write, and connect with the billions of people on the internet and I would be well compensated for all of this. Except, I'm beginning to realize that no one has it all, which, come to think of it, was another one of my mother's favorite sayings.