Written by Steady Mom contributor Hillary of infinitely learning
On Thursday nights we have a drink on our front porch while the kids ride their bikes, then I grab my camera and we all walk downtown to have dinner at the taqueria and dance to the weekly live music on The Commons.
Even if a post needs to be written. Even if a deadline looms. Even if clients are waiting for responses.
Part of the challenge of being a work-at-home, and more specifically a self-employed wahm, means that there is always work to be done. There's no such thing as "caught up," which means I've had to set some boundaries in order to keep myself sane and my family well.
At the beginning of the summer I made a promise to my family, and also to myself, that there would be no reason for me to opt out of Thursday night fun. (Saturday night family movie night is no work zone too!)
The rest of the week my family waits while I respond to emails or edit photos.
When a client goes into labor at bedtime I grab my camera and run out of the house leaving them to deal on their own.
When editorial deadlines loom I work through dinner and barely make it for bedtime stories.
We are all making sacrifices and learning how to be flexibile for each other.
Sometimes I find myself exhausted and overwhelmed at the sheer vastness of my to-do lists that can range from clipping the baby's fingernails to pushing out thousands of dollars worth of client proposals (with a three-year-old on my lap of course!).
But I love it. And I chose it. And I want to go where we're heading. I know this is the time for me to keep my head down and put one foot in front of the other as I walk our path. I trust.
And this is how I cope with my very busy present moment: I build boundaries around my family and push myself to meet deadlines and goals even when I'm tired and overworked.
How do you build and protect boundaries around your work and family?
Hillary and her family of five seek to learn authentically while developing an entrepreneurial lifestyle. She writes about mindful family living, diy sustainability, and the new American dream on her blog, infinitely learning.