Okay, by now you all know that I've got no less than 50 irons in the fire at all times, right!? LOL! I've been describing my life these last couple of months as one big hot mess! I've been working a ton, creating lots of neat stuff and brainstorming for future adventures (dreaming). Summer of course, is fun and crazy with the kiddos being at home…it's always a circus at our house…three little clowns running around and I'm the juggler! So the other day Sara tells me she hates my job because I work all the time. :( Of course, we mothers continually feel guilt don't we…guilt that we need to help provide financially for our family, guilt that we have to work and spend time away from our kids/family, guilt that we are not being the friend that we should be because life is just on the fast track…the reality is we all juggle our responsibilities to our best ability. And for me…I say A LOT of prayers to help get me through each day. Every once in a while, we'll drop a ball…I think even professional jugglers drop a ball, right? (hopefully) But we just pick it up and keep trucking…life goes on.
Though lately, I really have wanted to stop and evaluate. What's important? What will I regret? I know that Abby's only 8 and I regret working too much the couple of years before she went to school…so you'd think I'd learn, right? With the kids gearing back up to go back to school, I'm thinking ahead and trying to be reasonable…re-evaluate all of my comittments. The beauty of what I do is that I can work from home, but many of you that are in that situation know that working from home is sort of a catch 22…you have the convenience and freedom to work in the midst of your household, but you could potentially ALWAYS be working…that seems to be my problem, even if I'm not physically creating/working I am mentally working all the time. My current craft workroom is my formal (however informal it is 😉 dining room which is accessed from my kitchen and entry of the house…it's a pass through. It can be shut off but of course it never is. It's always pretty much a big beautiful chaotic mess and crafting catastrophe! It definitely interferes with the feng shui (and no, I really don't even know what that means) of my home. And more importantly…it means Janna's CRAFTY space is always OPEN for business. As someone that is so blessed to work from home…sometimes, I wonder if a real job isn't better in some ways. When you flip the light off and leave your office, you are done…you walk away from work and you can then devote the rest of that day to your family. So, I think this is what I need. My life evolves constantly…so I'm going to evolve to try to make this work at home thing a better situation for both my family and me. I'll be moving to the second floor…so if you come to my "shoppe", you'll find me up the stairs and to the left, down the hall through Sara's bedroom in our bonus space over the garage. It's going to take some work, but I'm moving if it kills me!!! This space has much better lighting and is roughly the same square footage as what I have now. We've been using it for storage mainly, but soon, it will be a craft workroom that I can turn the light out on, shut the door and say see you tomorrow (or later tonight after the kids are asleep ;). I think it will bring some sense of normalcy to our home. There's only one problem…my work table island that Scott built me will not fit through the door of the room. I'm praying that we can widen the door…seeing about that today.
So stay tuned…advice always welcome from you other WAH mamas. 🙂
And a bit of summer fun and sunshine before I sign off…
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