Most days I would describe myself as “Busy” but its more likely “non stop”.
Life is a continuous juggling act. Whether your a stay at home mum, work full time or something in between, it can be so difficult to find time to “do it all”. There is also so much expectation on us to “do it all” it can be hard to say, “I need help” or “5 minutes to myself”.
I took 5 minutes to write down everything that came into my head in the moment of everything that I do in the day, and it was scary. I don’t even work full time, so hats off to those parents!
To think we have that much time in the day or that many things that we want to do, or get done.
Juggling running a house, a very young business single handed, a Beautiful 2 year old, a wonderful family, my supportive husband and me time!
I’m not complaining! I love being a Mummy, I wouldn’t have it any other way, but I also love the little business I have built up. I see working as “Time For Me”. It’s time that I can switch off from household chores or mothering just for that hour and do something that is for me and that I get a sense of achievement out of.
It’s finding the balance, and how everything fits in. I tend to do most of my work while Little One takes her afternoon nap, and try to keep my classes to 2 days a week. That way I still get to spend my time with Little One and work isn’t dragging me away or I’m not working all the time.
It’s really easy when your working from home or running your own business that you allow it to take over your live. Yes, I send a quick reply to emails every now and again during the day/night, but who doesn’t! We want to make money at the end of the day.
Running a business and a 2 year old at the same time, can still be difficult, there will be days where I’m just too exhausted to work or Little One doesn’t nap quiet as well taking that time away from me. Some days I will feel overwhelmed at the shear amount of things I need to get done or struggle to find the time to do anything.
Just take it one step at a time and accept that you can’t do everything!
I also have so many ideas and training that I want to do, I have to write a list and slowly work through it.
My life consists of lists. If it’s not written on a list its not getting done or picked up from the shop!
But we try and make everything work.
Sometime it can feel like your stretched to your limit, but you have to do things for yourself that give you a sense of accomplishment.
I’ve found keeping to a routine and giving myself “Time off” really works and I feel that I can get more done when I come back fresh and ready! Or get Little One involved, let them know what mummy/daddy does at work. If you ask my Little One where mummy is when I’m working, she automatically says “mummy massage babies”, and she knows that I work with Sophie (my demonstration doll). I want my children to know that mummy works just as hard, even if daddy seems to the leave the house to “work” more often.
How do you switch off? How do you find working and raising a family? I’d love to hear your thoughts!