Tuesday, September 9, 2008

a day in the life of a WAHM

A few people have asked me recently how I do it all, and my answer has mostly been, "not very well!" I've made a conscious effort lately to put my family before work, trying not to work in the evenings or much at all on the weekends, and it's been a real struggle to fit in the work that I'd like to get done each day.

I felt like I hardly had any time at all for work today, and I started thinking about everything I did today that women who work outside of the home don't do or have to cram into the evenings & weekends. As I wrote this list I started thinking... this also looks like a list of reasons why my husband doesn't want to work from home!
  1. wake the kids up, make breakfast, help them get ready for school
  2. walk my son to school
  3. order waterproof name labels for the kids' umbrellas & water bottles and sew-in name tags for their coats, gloves, hats, etc.
  4. drive my daughter to preschool
  5. call a landscaping company about moving a lilac bush in our backyard
  6. meet with the brick paver guy to get an estimate for extending our driveway
  7. exchange emails & voice mail messages with the architect, engineer, and general contractor for the new detached garage we're building
  8. walk to my son's school to pick him up, talk with his teacher while he plays with a couple of classmates
  9. drive to my daughter's preschool to pick her up
  10. make lunch
  11. meet with the landscaper and show him the bushes in our yard that need to be moved
  12. shampoo the area rug in the basement that got soaked with rain
  13. change into gym clothes and pack my gym bag
  14. reply to customer emails & fill a couple of orders
  15. take the kids to the post office, library, and Target - shop for Fall clothes & shoes for the kids, look at Halloween costumes, and pick up some groceries while we're there
  16. get so stressed out with their awful behavior at Target that I decide to skip the gym and come home for quiet time instead
  17. clean the house, do dishes, fold laundry, and put away the deliveries that arrived yesterday (envelopes & shipping supplies) while keeping an eye on the kids playing in the backyard
  18. work on my website a little bit and take a shower (finally!) while the kids watch a movie

I'm not complaining... I love my life, I love my family, I love my business, and I'm very fortunate that I get to stay at home with my kids AND do something challenging that I love. I guess I'm just stepping back for a minute, once again, to ponder this concept of "balance" and what shape it's currently taking.


Kimberly said...

Wow! Just reading your post makes me tired! I don't know how you do it all, and make it look so easy! :)

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Sarah Jane said...

I am with you girl. It all comes...just not as fast as we want it too. Kids grow up faster than we want, and work goes slower than we want. But it all works out. I don't really have any answers...still trying to figure it out:) Thanks for posting this...REAL life speaks:)

simpledaisy said...

That's a lot for one person to do in a day!! I definately think family should always come first...but it's hard!! Good luck and hang in there!! I love your work!!

Anonymous said...

That is A LOT going on. I feel for you. I was in the same position a few years ago and had to step back from it (my work). My kids are now both in school full time (first and third grade) and I am slowly getting back into my work. Balance is so hard to find and maintain. Hang in there!
p.s. I got an Epson photo 1400 a few months ago (after seeing it mentioned on your blog) and I love it! For years I have been telling my husband and friends that I would be happy if I could find a printer for full color cards and my wish has finally come true! Thank you!

preppy little dress said...

love your blog!

Summer said...


I don't think people really truly understand what goes in the life of a SAHM, much less a WAHM like ourselves - so thank you for posting this!

#16 sounds all too familiar :)