Work life balance out the window!

photo by @kelsyneilson

photo by @kelsyneilson

Work-life balance isn't a new topic. There are copious amounts of articles out there discussing how to come to the magical point that. I've read too many to count. Each time I was a little more hopeful that I'll get there. It varies for each family, and it changes from month to month or year to year as dynamics change.  At this time with Arlo being so brand new, I'm genuinely trying to give myself a little break (not just say it along with all the other parents out there) and not feel too frustrated if I don't do as much as I'd like. I'm not going to try and find a balance. I just want to go with the flow and feel a little bit accomplished (regarding work).. and ENJOY my family time.  My kids are awesome. They are fun to be around, and I realized I don't want to keep setting up activities to keep them busy, so I can work.  I want to do the activities with them sometimes! 

I'm struggling with the concept of balance though, because I'm finding myself in such a fun and inspirational space with the kids. I want to put some extra effort into my Scade Photography work, even if I have barely any time. I have aspirations of blogging more frequently. Posts with helpful tips for family and wedding clients. I want to set up a collaboration with other creative people to make something fun... And on a more personal note, I want to print more of our digital images! SO MANY PRINTING PROJECTS are in my queue. I really need to practice what we preach!  It's lovely to be able to share images online, but I miss sitting down and turning the pages of a physical photo album!  

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So what's my plan?

I don't have one. I'm not a great planner. I know I work best when I'm inspired, and if I'm under pressure. I know that when its time to work, I can put my head down and get a crazy amount of things done. So by putting it out on the blog and through social media with friends and family, I'm hoping I'll use the pressure of your expectations to keep me going. I won't be sticking to a typical schedule. Instead, I'll try to ride a wave of energy when it comes. It might be during the kid's afternoon naps, or in the middle of the night, after nursing the baby.  I'm not going to feel guilty for going to bed with the kids at 8 pm or sleeping in until the kids wake me. I'll focus on keeping a small list of weekly tasks and practice diving into tackle some of it whenever I have the most energy to do so, Even if that means letting the kids destroy the basement playspace, having free range with the playdough or paint supplies or watching Netflix shows continuously! 

Follow along if you'd like, and please keep me on track with a message or two! Also, if you have any tips or tricks in this area feel free to share. Thanks!

-Stephanie Scade