I am currently so overwhelmed with everything that I am doing. I am a full-time wife and mother, which I absolutely adore being! I am also a hard-working artist. What does my week look like? Monday: I am home with my baby (doing whatever we do…). Monday nights we all head out for Young Life. This is seriously one of the best nights of my week! Tuesday: In the morning I am in the studio while Andrew is home with Noah. I get home for lunch and then we switch. Wednesday: Mommy and baby. Thursday: Studio time in the morning once again. Friday: Mommy and baby. Saturday and Sunday: Mommy and Baby and sometimes all three of us. Sometimes these days are a free-for-all, sometimes we are all three home, sometimes we are working, etc. In-between playtime, feeding Noah, naps, walks, cleaning, cooking and outings, I am left with little time for the list of things I want to get done.
Noah naps twice a day. Once in the morning for a shorter nap ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Then he goes down again around 2 for a long nap of two to three hours. The morning nap tends to be my “me” time. I try to enjoy a cup of coffee with my breakfast while I spend some time in my Bible and devotions. After that, depending on how nap time is going, I get a shower and get dressed for the day. When Noah is awake I make a conscious effort to not work on the computer or be on my phone. I want to spend my time with him, even if that means he is rolling around on my warm clean laundry while I am folding and giggling as he knocks over my piles! I try to soak in the time with him. The afternoon nap is when I try to be the most productive: cleaning, prepping for dinner, catching up on e-mails, keeping in touch with customers about their custom orders, blogging, keeping my Etsy site up to date, working on my website, planning my studio days for Tuesday and Thursday, making baby food, and anything else on my list. Sometimes I end up napping, which is rare, but a much-needed time to feel reenergized and to actually let myself rest. I often wonder where in the world the time is going and when I think about my day I often end up thinking, What in the world did I get done today?
When I am in the studio, I am trying to work non-stop and get as much done as possible because my window of time is short. I am working on commissions and building up my product list for my spring show in April. The clock is ticking and I have a ton to get done between now and then! I am richly blessed by my husband, Andrew, who is home with Noah. He is an amazing support to me and and incredible husband and father!
To be honest, a lot of the time I am trying to avoid feeling burned-out. What do I do to keep me from feeling that? Spending time with the Lord is key. Praying. Reading my Bible. It fuels me and encourages me. It reminds me that God has a plan for me and He is with me through thick and thin. Playing with Noah gives me tons of joy. I can’t stop kissing those cheeks and making him smile. Downtime with my husband is a must! I love our work, but we need time just as a family and just as husband and wife. An afternoon cup of tea curled up under a blanket with a good book is incredible as well, once in a while. Chatting with my parents and skyping with family is always wonderful. That is what keeps me from feeling burned-out.
If you read this whole post and stuck with me, thank you! That is a great encouragement to me: knowing that I have fans of my work and that I can share about my life and family as well. I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and great week ahead of you. I will be posting soon about my spring show and details to follow!