Isn’t it strange that the things you want to do the least, seem to be what make you feel the best?
I get so overwhelmed sometimes. I have work to do, a house to keep up on, two little ladies to entertain, errands to run, instagram to check, a husband to attend to, and friends and sisters who need me to remember about them, and emails piling up quicker than I can respond.
Multi-tasking 10 different things often seems like the best medicine, and really the only thing I can do to get things done. Which, as you can probably imagine, doesn’t work out as well as you might think. Working from home seems like the best type of job in the world, and don’t get me wrong, I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to do what I do… but I’ve got to tell you, I think I sometimes feel just as guilty as the moms who work out of the home. Because my work life and home life all blend together, I feel my clients aren’t getting the best of me and most importantly, my children and husband aren’t getting the best of me. Something, my friend, has got to change.
I’m really working on being present.
I’m working on taking time to sit back and listen to Harlo while she’s telling me a story, remembering how grateful I am to be her mom and the one that gets to hear them. I’m working on getting up enthusiastically when Stella wakes in the morning, feeling blessed that I have a wee little one who still needs me to set out breakfast. I’m working on jumping at a chance to serve my husband so that he, too, feels well taken care of and supported. I’m working on putting my family first, and letting my extra time fall where it may. I’m working on cutting out distractions like work, iphones, facebook, TV to spend more time making cookies, building blocks, and creating art with my girls.
I’m finding that what I thought I had no time to do, is really the only thing I should be doing. And what I thought would interfere with my work, is actually only inspiring my work. And I’ve got to tell you, when I’m being a better mom and wife, I feel so much better about myself.
What do you do to stay connected with your children?
Photographer friends (and any other moms who are working from home) How do you find the balance for your family?
This week, I’m working on being present to create a better life for myself, my family and my work. Join me?