As Sarah & Abraham has grown and I’ve found myself enjoying this work more and more, I’ve really been letting things slide around the house. I always keep the dishes and laundry caught up, but we’ve been eating takeout and frozen pizza way more than I’d like to, and my lax attitude about vacuuming, dusting, etc. has become a bit ridiculous.
So for the past week or so I’ve shifted my focus back to this concept of balance once again. I’ve been making time for the things that matter and not allowing other things to get in the way.
For example, for the past couple of weeks my daily orders have been about three times my usual average, but I’ve been making a conscious effort to step away from the computer and make plans with friends and do fun things with my kids. My husband has been working 4-days a week so I can have one full day a week of uninterrupted work, but for the past three weeks I’ve ended up ditching work on those days to do something fun with him and the kids. I’m also trying to cook at least a little bit more.
Which brings me to this evening… I was in the kitchen making lasagna, watching my kids play in the backyard, and I felt so content. I had several orders that I could have been working on, emails I could have been replying to, and some new product ideas I was really excited to work on, but instead of feeling resentful about my role as wife/mother/homemaker taking up my time, I felt like I was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing.
Then this Brian Andreas story popped into my head, and it felt like one of Oprah’s Aha! Moments:
This is a giant block of whatever is most difficult for you to carry & trust me on this, you’ll carry it more times than you can count until you decide that’s exactly what you want to do most & then it won’t weigh a thing anymore.
Which also reminded me of this excellent post about balance on Stacy’s Inkspot Workshop blog. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend it!