I have worked at an outside job since I was sixteen. The only time I took off was in 1980 when my daughter was born - I took 18 months off then before going back to work. In 1988, I had six weeks off because I had to have major surgery. Lastly, in 1998 I took one month off when I had temporary custody of Lanessa and Alyssa, the step-granddaughters. Other than that, I've pretty much worked outside the home continually.
Now it has been one year since we sold the insurance agency and I started working from home as an author. I wondered if I would be bored - nope. I wondered if I would miss working with other people - sometimes, but mostly nope. I still have a routine - I get up at a certain time, start work at a certain time, take a break, have lunch, go to the gym, etc. I can't really see a down side.
But I get more time with my dogs - which is great. Since my husband retired at the same time as I became a work-from-homer, we still see each other every day.
And I'll admit, it is nice to be able to work for longer stretches and not be interrupted like I was when I tried to fit in writing with the day job. And I'll also admit I do miss having the two paychecks - the regular job one and the writing one. It's a lot different when your "play" money becomes your only income.
Other than that, my life hasn't really changed. I still don't get to read as much as I'd like. That's partially my fault, as I used to let Lonnie watch his television shows and I'd go into another room and read. Nowadays, I plop right down with him. Sometimes if I show is really boring, I'll get my Kindle and read, but I watch a LOT more TV than I used to.
I go to the gym, but I'd really planned on exercising more at home. I have the equipment - need a few more weights, like 15 lb ones and at least 1 20 lb one, but I have learned this about myself - left to my own devices (ie; without a personal trainer), I'm really lazy.
Ah well. I have writing to do and need to get back to it.