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climbing to get the camera

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.

veggie

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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drawing

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Is this thing out of focus? Or blurry? How’d that happen? Let me do some dusting …

That about sums up August. And September.

Uh, it’s October …?

Wait, October is half over? Oh, okay. Wow. Time really flies, especially when I spend it away from my blog. I’m not going to apologize—I work for myself from home with a husband, a dog, and a toddler. Sometimes, I even manage to feel productive. Some exciting stuff has happened since I last bothered to visit my blog and typey type some fancy words here—we bought a letterpress (a Chandler & Price New Series 10×15); I’m knee-deep in writing a business plan so we can get everything up and running by January; I’ve had a lot of client work; my baby is growing up.

I’m kind of trying to figure out what to do with myself, blog-wise. I want to continue blogging, either here or on Hello Nifty, but I’m not sure if I can do both. I’d like to incorporate the more instant feel of my Tumblr, especially when it comes to photos and things that inspire me. I’d like to blog regularly again like I used to, about my life and about useful things. I’m not sure whether I want to combine blogs, though I’m confident I’ll be redesigning one or both of them.

Yeah. I have a lot of things on my mind.

Right now, I’m mostly focused on finishing up our business plan for our letterpress. The hubbs and I are going into business together, and it’s going to be so much fun! I’ve got a lot to say about all of that, so I’ll be coming up with some posts to share our process.

It’s Monday and I have a lot of things on my to do list this week, so I thought I’d just sum up my silence with some photos.

nature walk

nature walk

nature walk

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nature walk

nature walk

nature walk

This is the part of the show where I want to make promises that I’ll be back here regularly, blogging again. I want to say that, but I feel like I’m in so much transition. Everything is up in the air and I’m just trying to stay standing sometimes. Or at least get things done, especially client work. Right now, paying bills and spending time with my family come first. Eventually, I’ll work blogging and taking photos and talking about things that matter to me back into my life.

It’ll just have to come slowly.

Be patient. Good things are happening!

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little drummer boy

little drummer boy

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06152011 - Garden Boy

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06152011 - Garden Boy

06152011 - Garden Boy

06152011 - Garden Boy

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So determined. Whattaface.
Whassup?

so, i’ve been meaning to make a list of all the things little E signs and says, as well as start keeping track of the words and signs we’re working on. his willingness to communicate with words and sign sort of exploded just recently (i can’t remember exactly when, but it was maybe a little before his first birthday). he wants us to read to him, to tell him what things are, and to pay attention to him when he’s talking. he’s curious, but can get frustrated if we don’t catch on soon enough. ah, toddlerhood … as of this week (at 13 months), here’s where we’re at:

signs

  • all done
  • bye-bye
  • drink
  • food
  • milk
  • more
  • points (at everything, really; it’s also his form of saying hello 50-75% of the time instead of waving)
  • potty (he’ll point in the direction of his diaper or tap his underpants when he needs to go)
  • wash (he’ll rub his chest and tummy like he’s getting washed)
  • yes & no (though, he mostly just does no; he does know how to nod if he wants to)

words he says

  • mama
  • papa
  • boob (heehee; this was technically his first word)
  • more (which currently still sounds like “moe”)
  • woof/arf (for dog or when the dog barks at things)
  • bye-bye (bah-bah or just ba! with a bit of a country twang)
  • all done (he says “ah duh” and signs all done)
  • bath (also sounds like ba!)
  • Bible (sounds like “bai-bu” and he can pick out his Jesus Storybook Bible from the shelf no matter where it is when we ask for it before bedtime)
  • balloon (sounds like “mamoon” most of the time)
  • nurse (as in, to eat, which is his own made up word of “nah nah.” sometimes, he chooses to use this word for me in general instead of mama)
  • night night
  • vroom vroom (for motorcycles and cars and sometimes bicycles)

words we’re working on

  • book
  • up (& down, i guess)
  • dog

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