There were a gaggle of us talking about how it might be interesting to share a day in our life.
Interesting or terribly boring, but we’ll see.
Below is my “day in the life” post, as well as at the bottom of this page is a link to the other 15 bloggers who are also sharing a excerpt from their day. . pour a glass of coffee (wine) and settle in to see what these crazy moms and dads get up to in a day!
My day, My life
Each day in my life is different from the last, and that is perfect. When I took the step back from “real life” with my family 18 months ago, one of our goals was to create variety in our days, and have the ability to be spontaneous and reactive during the days in our week.
With two entrepreneurs “in da house” life revolves around our opportunities for work, and our passion to LIVE, a constant balance of saying yes and no, fitting things in and working FAST!
So my day? Let’s make it a school day.
The alarm cracks at 6:45am and we drag our sorry arses out of bed. The house is dark and the floors are cold.
Coffee. Breakfast. Lunches. Prodding the kids to “hurry up or you’ll miss the bus”
Prodding the eldest again, and again, and again.
And then, 730am. . we finally wake up.
Waling the kids up the driveway to the bus seems like it might be a rough deal, but it is really the reward of the morning. A brisk walk for 1/2KM at 730 in the morning, hot cup of coffee in my hand and the day spread before me. . . awesome.
The walk DOWN the hill is even better (lungs don’t burn so much!)
Little dude is bundled off to preschool, and the morning is finally MINE!
Spending the next hour with the critters centres my brain. With post ideas rolling around, this gives me the chance to pre-write them in my head as I let the chickens, ducks and rabbits out for the day. A few apples tossed in, and yesterday’s scraps causes a kerfuffle of feathers as they pecking order of the day is achieved.
As the days writing takes form in my brain I head back to the house, light a fire and pour a cup of tea.
I write what I can get out of my brain, answer emails and spend time pitching and promoting. I dance about the multiple sites doing what needs to be done and book client calls for the week. It is a mixture of work and play, as I waltz around the internet doing my days work, dogs at my feet and fire by my side.
It is really, really good.
With the clock chiming down it is time to grab the little dude. A play at the park and home to prep dinner, or cook for a recipe post. Camera at the ready, any cooking we do is documented step-by-step for future content.
The girls wander down the driveway at 345 and the afternoon is spent revisiting the critters, or heading out for a walk. Dinner bubbling, and laundry on; balance.
Our goal when we moved here was to have TIME. Time to do what we love, time with each other. Things are still busy, but it is nothing like it used to be. There is that extra time in each day to watch the ducks on their morning swim, or make eggs for breakfast instead of just cereal.
There is the extra time to fold and put away the laundry WHEN IT IS STILL WARM.
There is the extra time to talk over dinner, and stop and look at the stars as we put the critters away for the night.
We are constantly pushing and marketing what we do for work, but not at the expense of our family, because while we have two entrepreneurs in the house, both of us are focussed on working 3/4 time (or some weeks even 1/2 time), and not FULL-TIME
This brings in enough. And allows us to keep enough time for our own as well.
People say they strive for balance, but what they are really trying to do is stuff MORE into an already full day. To achieve balance you need to get rid of stuff, get rid of the excess and the time spent on distraction.
To achieve balance you need to say NO more than you say yes.
And you really need to be good with ‘just enough”, and remind yourself every day where that line is.
So, that is a day in my life. Enjoy your day, I am off to live mine!