I realized today that I had only shared some exciting news via social media and not on the blog! The horror. :) We all know 2016 will be a big year for me because of my little lovebug who will make his debut in November. Hopefully by the time the calendar flips to the new year I will be starting to get the hang of taking care of another human life.
But as if that was not enough, I also signed on for two OTHER big projects this year– my first product line (home accessories) that will be available online and in specific retail stores nationwide (actually, world wide!) September 2016 and a second book that will be officially coming to you in 2017.
Yeah, I know. I’m straight up crazypants. I think I need to sit down.
The thing with me is, I am always in fear that this amazing ride my career has been is going to end at any moment. That all these awesome opportunities to decorate homes, write for you, design products and write books will just- poof- dry up one morning when I least expect it and I’ll be left feeling the worst feeling of all the feelings- regret. So I try to approach my business with the attitude of “stay hungry”- let’s do as much as we can now while we are being offered these incredible opportunities so if and when it ends, by choice or not, we can look back and say “I did it” and feel content. Rational? Not really, but it’s how I’ve operated for many years and I think when you lose that hunger and drive and get too confident it can be trouble. That doesn’t mean I’m saying yes to everything, far from it actually. But the big things that excite me I will find a way to do.
Now, I also want to have no regrets when it comes to raising my son (a high/ impossible order, but I do tend to be a rabid perfectionist so why stop now?) I don’t want to be too busy to miss out on time with him, but I want to keep my career going. Not working is not an option (both because I love my job and I need to financially). The plight of many working moms the world over! Hello, can I join your tribe? Can you teach me the ways of “having it all”?
It’s a concept that has been debated, discussed and written about (famously in The Atlantic as of recent). Being a full time mom is a full time job on it’s own, so how do you do both and succeed? I am lucky in that I have flexibility in my job- I don’t punch a clock or work for anyone else- so if I want to come home at lunch to spend an hour with my son I can. And my job provides the ability to hire full time help within our home (which is proving to be scary and hard). I have a loose idea of how I want to do this, but I also know that once this baby arrives all my plans will probably go out the window.
Any tips from you moms who work and have families would be wonderful to hear. Your struggles, your successes- I love having this platform to open the discussion not only for me but for others who may be in the same position.