For several weeks I have been considering taking on a second client and project. It is very flattering to be considered for a very responsible role as a communications director for a major water campaign. The additional income is also very attractive. A major down-side: it would push me to a full-time+ schedule and my personal projects and life-balance would suffer.My first gut reaction when I got the call asking me to come in for an interview was no. However, a few days later when I had the interview and I was not as tired from the Inauguration trip, I said I would consider it. And if the process had moved more swiftly I would probably already be working in the new role. With the passage of time I had the opportunity to consider it in light of my stake of redesigning my life. And then I got a call from the woman who would be my boss for the project. She called me just 4 days after a major car accident from her bed where she was ordered to stay flat for 2 weeks because she'd fractured her back. This didn't slow her down much. Over the weekend I mulled over her intensity and my willingness to match it. I acknowledged that I am not willing to do this anymore. Working through serious injury is not aligned with my stake! I also thought about what I would do with the extra money. My current contract will provide more than enough money to live on. The main things I thought of buying were all things that represented time. So why not cut out the middle man and refrain from selling my time in the first place? Finally I skyped with UK Sarah and she gave me the look that says, "Really? What are you thinking?" and I knew I was going to say no. As soon as I made that decision I got a surge of energy? What will this energy be directed toward? My writing, especially a penguin viewing guide for New Zealand, and my media company. Plus maintaining my balance and enjoying my new neighborhood in Davis.