As a “mompreneur,” I usually find myself reading all sorts of mothering articles alongside entrepreneur ones late at night, which often leads me to reflect upon my own struggles with work/life/motherhood balance.
One of the hardest things I have ever done was become a parent (and she’s only 18 months!). In the beginning it was a struggle to keep my eyes open during the day, and sane during the nighttime hours, but now, it is a struggle keeping up. By “keeping up” I mean running around, chasing my little girl around the house. I also mean being a “good” wife, homemaker, mother, friend, daughter, sister, and bosslady-business owner. Oh yes, and incubator for our next little bundle of female joy that will grace us with her presence this February.
When I feel success in one aspect of my life (like Impeccable Nest is doing well right now!), other areas of my life start to feel out of balance, and a bit chaotic. This is troubling, and makes it really hard to enjoy life, or being “in the moment.”
So, in my many hours of reading these articles, I too struggle with finding the (ever elusive) “perfect work-life balance.” In fact, I often wonder where my organization skills disappeared, or if I will ever find any sort of system that will work for me, other than stuffing it all into my closet! And no, pinterest is an overwhelming abyss for even my interior design self these days.
What has helped?
I picked up my forgotten copy of “The Happiness Project” for the home this morning, and re-read the introduction and came to conclusion that this is the sort of focus I need these days. Each month has a “focus” area that deserves special attention, like marriage, family, interior decorating, self, etc. Therefore, I have found some solace in organizing the next 12 months into 12 separate areas, especially since the days and weeks will become busier and busier. I also plan on updating this blog, if you are interested in seeing my progress, on Mondays with my observations and attempts at taking some sort of control over my personal life.
If I have learned anything in the past 18 months of motherhood and entrepreneurship, it is that both are 24 hour/day jobs, and neither one can succeed if the other area is struggling.
Cheers to balance! That’s impeccable
This week, we are working on an inspiration board for a chic, 20-something apartment. This Boston-based young woman, has a flair for color, sophistication and a touch of whimsy…
Here’s what a look I’ve created for this young woman…can’t wait to start to find the pieces!
For those of you that are unaware, I have arrived in my second trimester of pregnancy.
While the first 15-ish weeks have left much to be desired, I am starting to feel better (although still tired). Since I am (very much so) a planner, I have already started planning for baby number 2, and the rest of my pregnancy.
Here’s round one of my “must have’s” this time around:
We carry Alexandra Ferguson’s witty and whimsical pillows at Impeccable Nest, and we are in love…
Alexandra Ferguson’s pillows are recycled, felt-appliqued with sassy, fun statements made in the USA.
Here’s some hotel lovin…
And now for my favorites that we stock at Impeccable Nest: