Last month my husband and I went on a long awaited 14 day cruise. At the end of the cruise we stayed a few extra days in the port we ended up in: Copenhagen, Denmark. We had waited for seven months for this cruise. Every few days my husband would ask me how many more days till the cruise. At first it was a total guessing game on my part. When you start planning for something approximately 210 days in advance, it's easy to be off a few days or even weeks.
But finally the long awaited day came and off we flew to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to catch our cruise ship, the Regal Princess. We headed out to sea on Sunday, April 17th. I was finally able to relax. No more worries about how many items I sold on eBay the night before, or the week before. No more totaling up my sales for the week, or for the past month. No more planning my next thrift store shopping day and bringing home my purchases and soaking, washing, drying and listing them all on eBay and hoping for sales. No more logging into eBay each morning and revising 5 items. No more stressing out over trying to get the sold items packaged up and mailed out to my customers as quickly as possible. At least no more of this for 18 glorious days. But a funny thing happened at the end of my first five days on the cruise:
I MIISSED eBay!
I was quite surprised. I have never before had a job that I missed while on vacation. But here I was, off on a wonderful romantic cruise with my husband, exploring the world, and I missed my work. I missed logging into eBay to see if I had sold any items overnight. I missed going to thrift stores and hunting for treasures that my eBay customers would enjoy. I missed logging into my Paypal account and seeing the money that had accrued there thanks to eBay. And I was quite surprised by the fact that I missed it so much.
There are a lot of positives about having an eBay business. I am able to plan my day according to whatever schedule I want. I LOVE going bargain hunting, a trait my mom instilled in me from the time I was a child. I love the fact that sometimes I find something on a thrift store rack that is so beautiful I can't believe someone discarded it. And I just can't leave it there because I know someone will find it in my store and be as impressed with it as I am. I love getting reports from happy customers.
So, while it is nice to get a little bit of a break from my everyday routine, apparently, I love my work as an eBay entrepreneur and really miss it when it's not available to me. So here's to eBay and running my own eBay business. Can you say you miss your job when you go away on vacation?
Here's a picture of me enjoying my last day of vacation in the harbor of Nyhavn, in Copenhagen, Denmark: