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Working for myself means that it’s way too easy to work all day (and all night, and all weekend …) without coming up for much air. Sure, we eat lunch together as a family and try to take a walk and I put Elisha down for a nap during the day, but I can still seriously just get in the zone and work without thinking about my time. One of the reasons I wanted to work for myself was to be with my family, and if I let myself get caught up in too much work, I miss out on the whole point of being self-employed.

Finding this balance in my life has been one of the most difficult parts of my freelance career. It’s a double-edged sword, though, for when I’m interrupted too often while working (or trying to work) on a project, I lose my train of thought and any creative muse flies out of my brain only to be lost until I can get some quiet time to myself again. With a toddler in the house, my muse is often hiding until the wee hours of the night when everyone is in bed instead of during the day when there are games to play and books to read.

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This delicate balance is precious—I love that I’m not missing out on the early years with Elisha and I love that I’m finally able to choose my own clients and nurture my own creative style once again.

I’m still in the process of figuring out what my work day and work week look like, even 11 months into working for myself. Settling into a routine has always been hard for me, and as Elisha grows and as our business grows and as we hope to eventually continue to grow our family, I have to constantly evaluate how I work and when I work and where I work. Every day is different in some ways—Mondays are errand days and Wednesday are late nap days because of Bible study.

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These past few weeks have been crazy busy with client work, which is good for the bank account, but difficult for me to manage in terms of balancing my time. I finally had a moment to catch my breath with the boy today, and it felt nice.

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life's been too busy

life has been busy this week. if anyone is taking anything, it’s me. taking a beating. time has slipped through my fingers and i’m exhausted. i need a nap and a staycation. stat.

these boxes have been on my desk for the whole week, full of cloth diapers for a trade to be sent to someone whose diapers i have already received. more megaroos. i’m so in love with those prefolds. they’re fabulous. but, i’ve said that before.

this on-again-off-again game with the sun this week has been playing is only making me feel even more tired. i’m solar-powered, born and raised in Florida, the sunshine state. so, cloudy days make me tired. so does not sleeping, and all this week i haven’t slept well at all. sunday night, the baby was up until 1am or so for no reason (he woke up just as we were going to bed). monday night, the babe slept fine but i was up for no reason. tuesday night, i couldn’t seem to fall asleep either, so the cycle has just perpetuated itself all week.

here it is thursday already and i’m wishing it was Friday. or, i just wish i could magically “catch up” to all the things i feel like i’m behind on.

although, in the spirit of the we scout wednesday post i’m about to finish for yesterday, i’m trying not to be too attached to this blog, so i’m going to keep myself from apologizing for what i haven’t written the past few days. suck it up. realize life happens. the internet can wait—i had a nice night watching a movie and spending quality time with my husband last night instead of sitting on the computer catching up on my virtual life.

real life is nice. i miss it sometimes.

okay, back to work with me …

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