I work from home, and I work a lot. I also have a 5 year old and a 1 year old that are home with me. I am a WAHM. A work at home Mom. From the minute we get up until the minute we go to sleep, we are busy little bees around here. It all starts around 7:30 when Chloe wakes up and “sneaks” the iPad off of my nightstand and wakes me up. We start breakfast time and I pick up the house a little from the night before, have some hot green tea or coffee and empty the dishwasher. Evie is usually up by this time and I make her breakfast, feed her, do the dishes.
Next we play a little and then it’s off to the office to get some work done. The baby gate goes up and Evie is confined to only 2 rooms to destroy while I answer emails I usually throw a load of laundry in the washer around this time and forget about it for a day or so and then have to re-wash it to get rid of the “stayed in the washer too long because you have ADD mildew” smell.
Next Evie goes down for a nap and Chloe and I do some sort of learning activity that will soon turn into homeschool time as we approach the school year. Then lunch, dishes, and pick up Evie’s mess from email time.
More work then Evie is up from her nap and ready for her lunch time. Cleanup, dishes.
Time to get dinner ready. Cook, cleanup. Husband comes home, we eat, do dishes and a little more work.
There are numerous times throughout the day where we just stop what we’re all doing and go play or have a dance party to break up the monotony of a regular work day. After all we work and school from home so we can do whatever we want right? Gotta keep it fun!
My point in all of this is… I am always disappointed in myself at the end of the day for not meeting the insane expectations I have set for myself. I am the meanest, most micro-managing boss of myself ever. The day I came to this realization, I tweeted.
Hey, Self! Guess what you can't do? Freaking everything. So stop trying.
— Lindsey Riel (@lindseyriel) July 10, 2013
That pretty much says it all. You cannot do everything, so either lower your crazy expectations or get some help. I went with the latter because the former might require some counseling, and who has time for that?
Counseling does sound glorious though, so relaxing I’ve been in the past and just loved every minute of being able to chat with someone about life and have them ask the right questions that really make you think, dig deep and improve upon yourself.
In closing I would like to say this.. Dear Lindsey, Be nice to yourself! You work really hard, and have an amazing life. Relax, enjoy it, remember to pray often and ask for help when you need it.
This goes for all of you hard working people who don’t give yourself enough credit! I am yelling at you right now Stop it! Be nice to yourself! Pray often and ask for help when you need it.