“Balance” is kind of a funny concept and one that can be annoyingly hard to find during the years as a working parent (or any parent, really). “Work/life balance” is the full phrase you hear a lot too.
(Apparently you’re not living while you’re working? 🤔I do hope that most people don’t despise their jobs so much that they feel un-alive while working….)
Yesterday felt pretty nicely balanced to me, for a weekend day. In pre-pandemic times, this would have been much harder to come by. “Balanced” for me yesterday= a mix between “want to do”, “have to do” and “should do”. Also, it felt like a nice balance between alone time + family time. Win.
Alone + Want to Do: Morning hours- blog post, journal
Alone + Have to Do: Finished up ~1.5 hours of work stuff (I had a self-imposed deadline I really wanted to meet and needed just a little extra time)
Family time + Want to Do: Took Asher to the pool to lap swim. He also met a teammate/ friend there and had a blast swimming with him (since actual practices are now cancelled). Gym lap swimming on our own is still ok.
Family time + Have to Do: Quick errand with Asher post-swim! Needed hamster food.
Alone + Should Do: (Finally) took down our indoor Halloween decorations!!! I know. It’s late. But just hadn’t gotten to it. Next up, Christmas tree.
Family time + Have to Do: Family cleaning extravaganza. Boys- rooms, Me- living/sunrooms, Ivan- kitchen
Alone + Should Do: Some basement organization/ straightening/ annoying tasks that had been looming
Alone + Want to Do: A looooong, solo hot tub soak right at dusk when the sky lighting was beautiful.
Family + Want to Do: After dinner we went to see Madison’s “Holiday Fantasy in Lights” drive through light show!
I am grateful for living in a very beautiful city. ❤