The root of work life balance is supposed to be happiness. Where are you happier? How can you be happier juggling two separate scenarios- work life and home life but for many, the root travels deeper on a very basic and monetary plane – money. Is it there? How can you get it? And how can you spend less of it? When making decisions about how you are able to balance a career and a family, the basis of it all often comes down to how you will survive – on one income, on two, on cut salaries or by getting creative. Finding your worth and appreciating what you are worth to your employer is the first step to earning a wage you deserve. But are you brave enough to chase your worth? A question I constantly ask myself.
With the new year just days away, I can’t help but start to consider the ideal that is “work life balance” as a parent. There is no doubt that it is not easy being a parent and working a full time job. Being constantly pulled in each and every direction becomes tiresome and we end up constantly questioning why there aren’t more hours in the day, because damn we need them! The thoughts of returning to work have played on my mind since Little Bean was born and I’m wondering is there an answer to the perfect work life balance.
And here we are, at the very last In Conversation With Series for 2016 on Over Heaven’s Hill. I have absolutely loved doing this series, meeting and chatting to so many other Mum’s and Dad’s who are finding that evocative balance on life between work and family life. So many, I have chatted to, have used their creative talents, whether that is making crafts or using their skills as a writer to keep an aspect of their own personality in their parenting lives. In Conversation With will be back in 2017 but under a new format which I’m currently working on. You never know what the future may bring! In the final installement of this series I am speaking to Helena, who writes her blog at Queen of Collage. An accomplished artist, crafter and writer, her blog is one to follow. I especially love her word of the week series which is poignant and thought provoking. Read on to see how Helena managed family life.
This week I had the pleasure of talking to Jordanne who is an aspiring photographer and authors the blog The Life of a Glasgow Girl. Jordanne is mum to one little boy who is the light of her life. She involves him in her photography which I think is a fantastic idea and has me considering buying A her own little camera. Jordanne talks about the pressures of parenting and working from home and shares her thoughts on parenting in the digital age.
This week I have had the pleasure of talking to James from A Life Just Ordinary. James is dad to a little boy, Joshua and writes a humorous family blog which is sure to have you snickering as you can relate to him and his opinion on Peppa Pig amongst other things! Aside from joining the wonderful blogosphere this year, James also works full time and like all of us is managing the work life balance as best he can. Read more of James Conversation – Interviewing Dad
Yesterday morning was one of our BLITZ mornings. Everything had to be done at hyper speed because we let the alarm clock go to snooze too many times. Ok so I’m in charge of the alarm clock and the BLITZ was entirely my fault and I felt and looked the stress of it. On days like this I often think of the working mum I see on the bus on the way to work. Does she struggle on mornings like this too?
I am delighted to include an In Conversation With series on the blog with some lovely Momma’s and Papa’s who would like to share their tips, tricks and ideas on gaining that understated balance on parenting life. As a full time working Mom and Dad, B and I are often trying to find the correct balance with our careers and our home life. It’s never easy to know if you’re doing the right thing by your children or your partner and as always parenting guilt can take over. It takes a while to get into a routine with work and babies but oddly you do find that routine and manage some sort of equilibrium that suits your family. For me the balance comes with getting quality time with A. This week I speak to a stay at home mother who has raised her two children in the rural countryside of Co. Meath.