Monday, March 7, 2016

Balance with Working at Home

As I sat down to begin writing a post to share today, a certain topic tugged at my heart. The topic I need to discuss today is on balance. It's always a goal of mine to have balance. I strive for balance in my diet; balance between being a work-at-home mom and being a stay-at-home mom; balance between being a good friend and being a good family member, and; balance between being a mom and being a wife. 

There's a lot in this life that requires balance. Sometimes there's more to balance and sometimes there's less to balance, depending on the season of life we're in.

While I've been struggling to maintain balance between almost everything these days, the one balancing act that has been demanding the most attention from me right now would be the balance between being a work-at-home mom and being a stay-at-home mom.

As you may know, last year I left my career as a paralegal to become a stay-at-home mom. About six months into motherhood, I also took on the challenge of starting my own at-home crafting business. The first months in business were slow, and so balance between being a work-at-home mom and a stay-at-home mom was relatively simple. Piper was a very good napper at the time, and that is when I would get most of my work done.

Now a days, Piper is only taking one nap a day and the length of the nap varies greatly. Some days I have 45 minutes to work, and other days I have a couple hours to get things done. While this was a good amount of time to work with a few months ago, it's starting to become more of a struggle to get everything done in a week of only 5 - 10 hours worth of work. 

Right now, sales for "Anything Rustic" are increasing along with the time needed to complete my crafting tasks. On top of the crafting, there's a lot of behind the scenes paperwork that I'm needing more time to work on, as well.

While I would love for my crafting business to flourish with me only working during Piper's nap schedule, I also know that isn't possible with the change in Piper's nap routine. If I want my business to continue to grow, I need to give in and expand my working hours.

I've been very hesitant to work nights and weekends on my business but, I'm slowly realizing that it needs to happen sometimes. I know that I am working at home, so it may not seem like a big deal, but it was a big deal to me. Time spent with loved ones will always be more important than money to me. So, the struggle is real.

This past week, I gave in and worked beyond Piper's nap schedule. I worked while Piper was awake, I worked at night after Piper went to sleep, and I also worked for a few hours away from home.

I didn't want to have to work while Piper was awake, but she woke up early from her nap at the same time there was a good webinar on accounting for my business. Piper didn't seem to mind much sitting in on the webinar, we both ate lunch together and I was able to catch half of the webinar while she ate.

I didn't want to work after Piper went to sleep for the night; I wanted to curl up with my husband on the couch and watch our shows, instead. In order to keep the balance, my husband worked along side me, and we laughed through it all.

I didn't want to leave the house on a Saturday to get paperwork done without the distractions of my family playing in the background; I wanted to be there, with them, playing, too. However, when I got back home, I was greeted with a happy baby and a happy husband. They were greeted with a less-stressed, happy mom and wife.

These are just a few little sacrifices I made last week to maintain balance with my work, and; instead of feeling guilty about my time spent on the business, I'm coming to realize that it's just a part of keeping the balance of it all.

As my business (hopefully) continues to grow this year, I am also intending to grow along with it. I intend to grow in grace and love. Grace for when I feel like I'm not keeping balance of it all, and love for a few different reasons. Love for myself, as I'm doing the best I can. Love for God and love for my family, as they are the beacon of light that drives me further in this journey we call life.

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