Truth is, life has been a little off balance for me. I fit everything in that I needed to do for my Etsy shop business and design team responsibilities, but I haven't been taking the time to do some other important things in life.
Yesterday, I had that *ahhhh haaa* moment slap me in the forehead from a comment that my mom to me. We took my dad to meet Eric in the city. From there, Eric and my dad headed to the airport. My dad is now on his 25 day adventure to China! My mom and I stayed back because my mom doesn't like the airports and she gets all nervous. I thought we would just head home because she usually doesn't want to go shopping because the arthritis in her back causes her too much pain to walk around. And she's slow moving. Like Tim Conway slow sometimes. But yesterday she felt good. So good that she wanted to go to Kohl's, Sam's, Walmart, Target and the fabric store! I told her to just take her time and that we had all day. She said, "Wow, I thought we'd have to go home so you could work. You are always too busy to do stuff like this."
Wow. Too busy. Too busy to spend a day shopping with my aging mother? That's when it hit me that I'm making some good decisions for myself by re-adjusting some things in my life. I got to thinking about what my mom said and she was right. I've been too busy trying to balance my work load that I was putting other important things in life aside. Definitely not my girls and their activities. We are always on the go with their events. I'm talking about other things in life whether it be personal items like home decorating projects, working on a quilt, exercising.....or professional goals like learning a new computer program, growing my Etsy business, or exploring other aspects of this crafty industry.
I think many of you reading this today can relate with me. If you work in this industry, it's very hard to draw the line between work and pleasure. We love what we do so much that working those extra hours doesn't seem like a burden. We love to create. We love to share. So much that sometimes we let our lives get off kilter a little bit. I'm happy to say that I'm on the right track. It's all about simplifying your life + making room for other interests. The balancing act.
I'll leave you with a great blog post from Becky Higgins that she posted yesterday. Lots of food for thought........blog post here.
P.S.....As for my sweet mom? While my dad is away, I have lots of fun activities planned. I'll be posting this week about her big surprise my dad got for her before he left for his trip.