Over the past couple years, there have been a quite a few requests for the ‘word of the year’ necklaces. Each woman chooses a word that is her word for that year. Sometimes it’s ‘Courage’. Sometimes it’s ‘Strength’. Sometimes it’s ‘Faith’. I’ve never chosen one for myself. Probably because by the time I think about making one for me, it’s June and the year is half way over. This year, I decided to make one. My word for the year is ‘Balance’.
I think every mom has this same struggle. The daily struggle of her list. Whether it’s mental or written down, that list is always running through her head. If it’s not, I want her secret. As a work at home mom, my list may be a little different from some but it still needs balancing. There’s a problem with my work though. A really good problem….I LOVE my work. Love, love, love it. So, how do I balance my work and my personal life when my work is my personal life? Every time my work is a little slower, I cherish those weeks that I can try new recipes, make a couple of crafts, organize a closet (or three), garden, spend way too much time on Pinterest, have a shopping trip with a friend, get my hair cut. Each night after the kids are in bed, I gravitate towards my office. Every night, I have my best friend who wants me to sit with him on the couch. Another balance issue I need to work on. That time after the kids go to bed is my quiet time. My time to think, create, or just be. But, it’s also OUR time. And I need to remember that and cherish that. So, lucky him, he’s going to watch ‘The Taste’ with me in a bit.
For years (I’ve worked from home since our oldest was a baby), I’ve tried to find that perfect balance. The balance of doing ‘cool, fun’ mom things, housework, and ‘work’ work. As my business grows, each busy season I tell myself I’m not going to go through another busy season without hiring help. Then, the next roll of orders comes in and I can’t seem to find the time to think about hiring help. Does that make sense to anyone other than me?
So, even though I have no magic answer tonight, I do have my new necklace. I have had these oval pendants for a long time and decided to stamp ‘balance’ off to the side to remind me that even though my life is not perfectly balanced, it’s still a beautiful one.