So Long, Summer…

It’s been pretty quiet around here all summer, so I wanted to give you a peak at what I’ve been up to lately. I’ve been momming these two cuties.

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I’m so happy that we had Angela Garzon Photography capture these images of our family earlier in the summer. We went on a little mini adventure in Mission Trails Park and Angela worked her magic with my children. A short “nature walk” in the park brought us to a beautiful natural location that looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere. My kids loved exploring and playing in the dirt while I cringed about them getting dirty. Angela let them have fun and it shows in the way she captured them in these photos. She even managed to get the posed smiley photos she knew I would want too.

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So much has happened in the short time since we took these family photos. The kids grow quickly and it’s so sweet to have these images to remember this time before my oldest lost 3 of her front teeth and before my youngest had his first haircut. I love that I have this little slice of our summer to treasure forever. You can see more from our session with Angela here.

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This mom job is not always as glamorous as it looks here, but I love it. Balance was becoming a struggle for me during summer break though. Ok, it’s always a challenge, but it was even more of a struggle than usual. Having my two kids home full time made it hard to accomplish my usual business tasks and keep up with blogging and social media. Something had to give, so I took a step back from social media. At first it wasn’t a conscious decision, but after a few days off I realized that I felt kind of free. Giving myself permission to skip my daily post on Instagram freed up more time than I would have thought. It gave me back some precious time to focus on the kids and on some design projects I was working on (more on those later!).

The end of summer is bittersweet, but I’ve been easing back in to a more relaxed routine now that school has started. I have more time to dedicate to creating fun projects and inspiring content now. I hope to use that time well and to connect with more of you in a meaningful way. I’m all ears If you have any tips for managing that delicate balance between being a wife, mom, and business owner while practicing self care. I know I’m not alone in this struggle and I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Comments

  1. No matter what successful women say, it’s impossible to to handle each hat 100%. Something or someone suffers. The decision comes down to what are the priorities. I’ve been there. At home mom, career professional women and the desire to go back to school. As a RN, I was accepted twice in a nurse practitioner and wouldn’t you know I had to make that difficult decision to accept or not. Each time, it came down to my kids. They needed me and they didn’t ask to be born. There were difficult times and I knew in my heart they needed me. And quite frankly, being a single mom or even with a spouse, I could only spread myself so far.
    Unfortunately, women don’t get the credit they are do trying to be a full time mom. Sometimes, I just felt unfulfilled. I had to work because I was that single mom and my dream to be a NP was put aside. I have never regretted my decision; although, it wasn’t easy getting there.
    Maureen, you are talented and driven but just consider what is most important to you and what you can live with.
    I’m not sure if this is apropos to you since you gave little info but this is part of my story as a mom.
    Love and hugs
    Linda

    • Thank you of sharing your journey as a Mom with me Linda! I try to keep my little party and stationery business alive as a creative outlet that also keeps me fulfilled. I am very lucky to have a great support system from my husband and to have the luxury of being a stay-at-home mom. I don’t make enough money to warrant any sort of regular childcare though, so that leaves me torn and stressed when it comes time to accomplish work tasks that I would usually enjoy. I know this time where they are little is short though and I try to enjoy them as much as I can. I don’t suppose motherhood was ever meant to be easy!

  2. I know that feeling! It is nice to have a little time back for work now that school is here. I’ve struggled with the balance of everything too. I don’t know if there really is a balance but I realized that I do enjoy having solid chunks of time to get computer work done without the kiddos home. Then I feel much more present with them when they are home. Hope to see you soon!

    • Yes! I need to find some kind of childcare situation for my littlest so that I can have those chunks of time without feeling like I’m ignoring him or getting frustrated by interruptions.

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