Loving What I Do
I have a LOT going on. I’m naturally a driven person. I love getting stuff done, and I’m always looking forward to what is next. Right now, I have a lot on my plate, but I am loving every single thing that I do. To give you an idea of what my days and weeks are filled with, here’s a list….
1 | Raising 3 kids
2 | Homeschool 1 of them
3 | Taking care of 28 animals
4 | Administrator, project manager, and bookkeeper for my husband’s business
5 | Blogging and planning workshops for Living Home
6 | Writing a parenting book with my husband
7 | Running and (almost) daily cleaning an AirBNB we have for rent
8 | Gardening
9 | Making all our meals from scratch
10| All of the normal household things that have to be done… laundry, cleaning, managing finances, etc.
11 | Trying to slowly renovate and update our 1950’s house
12 | Working the horses and learning to farm with them
At the moment, I feel a bit like I’m drowning. I’m going to bed late and waking up early, and yet, I still feel like I’m ending every day behind. As my (wise) husband pointed out to me, some of it is how I am viewing my life. I do have a tendency to try to do too much in one day, and I’m often looking at everything that hasn’t gotten done rather than realizing I actually accomplished a lot. So probably, I partially feeling like I’m drowning in too many things to do, because I’m thinking more has to get done than actually HAS to get done. For example, painting the walls in our living room can wait. There’s no rush to get it done next week or even next month for that matter.
The other night I made out a list, similar to the one above, of everything I was trying to do. I put stars by what is most important to me… kids, husband, making healthy meals, taking care of animals, etc. I just wanted to figure out what I could cut out. The problem (and it’s a good one to have) is that I absolutely LOVE everything I am doing. Seriously. I really love all of it. I look forward to each thing I do. I even love doing laundry. I know, weird, right? Yes, there are days I wish a healthy dinner would magically appear on the table or I wish that the AirBNB studio could clean itself, but overall, I really love what I’m doing
Taking a Break
That being said, I still have to figure out how to feel better… I don’t want to feel as if I’m drowning even if I’m drowning in what I love doing. One of the things that takes up some time is writing blogs. Getting the content isn’t hard… I have more ideas than I know what to do with for what I could write about. It’s more taking the time to write, shoot some photos, and get it formatted. Again, I LOVE doing it. But I have decided I need to take a break for the months of September and October.
Seth and I were expecting to have a nanny help us with the kids 9 hours a week starting this month. She’s a super close friend, and she does an amazing job with our kids. She ended up taking a full time job that we are super excited she was able to get, but it just means we won’t have the help we were planning on. For now, for the sake of saving a bit of money, we are going to see if we can do without a part-time nanny.
I feel like I need a couple months to get into the routine of things. See if there are ways I can be a little more efficient or things that I can drop to free up some time. I love having things to do, but I don’t like feeling rushed all the time. I want to enjoy my kids. They will grow up and be out of the house before I know it. I don’t want to miss the time I have with them here. So managing my schedule in a way that feels good to me is a top priority.
I’m sorry that I’m taking a short break from you all! But I need to get a bit of balance restored to my home life and sort out how to make ALL of this work and not feel like I’m drowning. I’ll still be on Instagram so you can keep up with me there, but I’m going to sign off of the blog for September and October. Thank you all for reading everything I’ve written so far. It’s been so fun to see everyone enjoy the little tidbits of my life I’m able to give on here. See you in a couple of months!
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