Hey everyone! So I woke up with the intention to write my blog post this morning and really wanted to discuss being a working mom and time management... which is ironic considering it is after 11 pm and I am just now getting the chance to sit down and write, even though I planned on doing this first thing this morning. So, clearly, I still struggle with this. Nonetheless, I wanted to touch on this topic as I am sure I am not the only one that battles this daily. I stay at home with Ian a lot during the week. There are some days that I feel so unproductive because, let's be real, life with a toddler is cray! I used to get a nice solid 2-3 hours of work time when he napped, but recently he has been really testing the nap schedule. I tend to beat myself up and feel guilty if I haven't been able to do any of my work. There is a never-ending list of 99 things to do ranging from buying to checking emails to social media to managing the inventory or pulling sales reports and making sure to check in with my staff. And then of course if I go to the shop or have to do work while I am home, I am feeling guilty about not being with Ian or not spending the time with him. But I have really been focusing on not feel guilty and just living in the moment. It is difficult but so important to remind yourself of that, embrace it and be fully present. I know this time with Ian is so precious and so special that I won't have a chance to get back. And that I am so lucky for all the time I am able to be with him and watch him grow this amazingly huge personality. Work will get done, somehow someway it always does. So I have just started to shift my schedule and be content with knowing that I can work more in the evenings after he goes to bed. Of course, that can be challenging because then there is all of the housework to do like dishes and laundry. And then squeeze in a little time with Josh to check in and catch up on each others day. But there are just some days where we just have to stop and realize we did all the things we could for the day. And that there is always tomorrow. We are all juggling so many tasks and roles that it is easy to get caught up in it. But we have to continue to enjoy and appreciate all of the little things and moments that make life that much sweeter. I am nowhere near perfect with this, but I am working to not be so caught up about leaving things unchecked on my to-do list. That is the beauty of being my own boss! Who is going to get mad at me because I pushed a few tasks to the next day? Me?... no I am giving myself the freedom to be all the things. To live a life with some balance. To not feel guilty if I am playing in the backyard with Ian even when I know there are a billion things that I could or should be getting done. To know that if I have to push a task or two off, everything is still going to be okay. To be able to take a trip to the beach, breathe in that fresh ocean air and know that everything is working just as it should. I am not saying the answer is to procrastinate. I am just saying as working mamas we have to allow ourselves the ability to not take on everything and think that we have to be superwoman. Sometimes just being there and caring is enough!
Until next time,