Writing a post on my work/life balance almost makes me laugh out loud, which is why I decided to title this post something different. Because at the end of the day, work and life are not two opposing ends that I am hoping to balance.
My life is work and work is my life.
Some of that work happens behind a computer. Some of it happens running around town on a photo shoot. Some of it happens while bathing my kids, and cooking their dinners. Some of it happens while helping a friend.
It is all work. It is all life.
I don’t think when we look back on our life one day we will have that clear delineation I often aim for. This was my work… that was my life 50/50. No. We will look back at the entirety of our life, every day, every moment being what we are actually living. Our Life. And we can not do it alone.
When you think about it that way… all the lines of stay-at-home, work-from-home seem to fade away. We are all working, and breaking for lunch, and living, around the clock – it is life.
I learned a long time ago after starting a new business from home the whole work ends/life begins ideal would not work for me. Because, inevitably a child will become ill on a work day, or a book deadline will have to be attended to in my evening hours at home. I’ve decided to stop fighting it and to simply embrace what I am calling my lively work balance.
It’s the balance Matt and I dance around to daily.
It’s all work. It’s all life.
I was writing the ackowledgements for my book a few months ago and realizing how many people actually help me day in and day out. I am grateful for the ways my husband, family, friends and neighbors have jumped in so many times when I’ve needed help with whatever I was doing.
When all of life is work – then everyone becomes my co-worker.
Co-workers in mowing the lawn, watching the kids, shooting a project. Co-workers in life. I love the thought that behind everything I do there is help and support.
I have the best co-workers in the world!
Now that the book is finally off to print, I will be sharing more about it in the coming months. I’m really excited to finally be able to tell you about it. Writing a book, running this site, and being a mom has been a huge challenge for me this past year. It would not have happened without the awesome co-workers in my life.
This summer we are breaking just for a bit. Breaking for lunch… and then back to work. Joyful work. Hard work. Everyday living work that we get to do with the people who surround us.
What is your take on work life balance? Do you aim to have separate times for both? I know it works really well for some people, but I’ve found embracing the complexity of seeing every day as my living work has helped me tremendously.
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