Life lately has been productive. Fulfilling. Packed to the minute. I feel so fortunate to finally be working from home and doing what I love. The freedom of freelancing–in addition to how much I love writing–makes it easy for me to feel so lucky and so grateful that I’ve found my niche. That being said, I love what I do so much that I’ve found it can easily move from business into my personal life if I’m not careful.
Of course, there are days when working at night is necessary. There are times when deadlines are right around the corner and I’ll be behind if I don’t play catch-up after dinner. I balance working from home with taking care of Isla (and the house, the dogs, etc.) so that makes for a tight daytime schedule. I’ll be the first to admit, however, that the more I work, the more money I make, and that’s always nice. (This, I’ve found, is one of my favorite things about freelancing that I didn’t experience in the world of marketing.)
Despite all of this, I need to be sure my work life isn’t creeping too far into my personal life. Some people are proud of working 80+ hour weeks; I’m not one of them. I love working now that I’ve found something so enjoyable and perfect for me, but I love my family more.
I think it’s important to set not only professional goals but also personal ones, and this is something I know I need to practice more. This means scheduling for evening walks with Dom and Isla, working out during the day, and keeping my laptop shut on Sundays unless absolutely necessary. It means really appreciating each and every moment I have while Isla is little and Dom isn’t deployed.
Life is crazy for everyone. We all manage our time in different ways, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that balance is important, and we could all use a little more of it.