And just like that it is has been a week since the last time I blogged. I always have the best of intentions to get 2 or more blogs out a week. Then the week starts and poof...time is flying by and I am lucky to get 1 post up. I am by no means complaining. This week, like others has been filled with quality family time, outings with friends, exercise and of course the consumer of most time...work. These days I actually find most of my moments to write at work. As a friend of mine and I caught up this week I found myself saying, "my head space just isn't in or at work anymore. So what perfect time to engage in the ways my mind wants to. By writing and reading." Sure, I am getting the job done, but for crying out loud....we are there for 9 hours a day. There is plenty of time to go around. I could probably go into some tangent about how the American work day is obscenely too long and how so many are completely unproductive even though they are at their place of work for 9 hours. But I won't.
So back to time. It is truly a struggle every week to balance work and family time. There is never a competition. Family always wins! However, it's then the balance of getting work done and work's expectation of a (forgive the figure of speech) ass in the seat :( This is literally the bane of my existence right now. So finding the time that I can steal back and get home to be with my boys is paramount. I'm not successful at this as much as I would like to be, but the count down is real. Only 10 months until I can rid my full time life of the corporate bureaucracy and join a more thoughtful, time friendly company.
Quality time with my little humans is a huge focus and although I know it's crazy important now I know that they will need me even more when they are going through those early teen and teenage years. My hope is that I can continue to be successful in putting in the time now with work and help my husband build the life that affords us some cushion for the future. So that when the time is right and/or needed I can stay at home or take a very part time job to be available for my kids. Right now I will continue to lay the foundation that they know they can count and depend on me. But later I want them to actually be able to have me whenever they need me or don't need me. I realize that my full attention needs to be on being engaged with them as they start to fully engage with the world. I want to make sure I am hedging our bets on not allowing our children to disengage with us because we are too busy.
Balance is all we can ever hope for. It is the singular goal I daily, weekly, and yearly strive for. I will enjoy and take in every growing season as it comes. Time is flying but I'm going to make every second count!
I am a Christ follower, a wife, a mother of 3 boys and was an active duty member of the United States Air Force for 8 1/2 year. I medially retired in December 2018 from the Air Force and I know work as a Fitness and yoga instructor, I run the customer service experience for a local swim school and I am a Doula. I am also working on my Master's in social work.