As most of you know, I went self employed back in August and after 3 months I feel like I am starting to find a balance between my work and home life even though they are both very much intertwined. It isn’t guaranteed that Alyssia will nap in the days anymore but when she does it gives me that little bit more time to get jobs done. At one point I found myself working into the night, I would start working at around 8pm when Alyssia was settled in bed and the housework had been done, I’d check the clock and before I knew it, it would be gone midnight. I found myself getting tired and just generally feeling quite under the weather so now I work reasonable hours and go to bed at a reasonable time.
For those of you that don’t know me, I left school at 16, moved into my first home at 17, had my daughter and passed my driving test. When I was 18 I started my blog and now that Alyssia is coming up to 2 years old I have decided to go self employed. We have recently been talking about nurseries and which nurseries will be best for us as a family and even just talking about it makes me nervous, Alyssia has been by my side since day 1 so it will be strange to have her going to nursery a few days a week but I know it will do her good. She will learn to be more social and it means that I will have time to work in peace. Balancing work and home life can be hard and I’ve attempted to sit at the table a few times with the laptop but I end up being climbed on or my posts get sabotaged by tiny toddler hands. However I do really love working from home, it definetely also has its perks too, suffering with anxiety is bad enough on its own without having to go to work in an office every day with a handful of other people. I enjoy being on my own and not having to face those situations that make me most anxious.
When I saw the video on ‘The Joys of Working Life’ by furniture-work.co.uk it made me realise that actually working from home is the best thing for me. I enjoy juggling the two and it keeps my brain busy. I have met so many amazing people along the way and I am so proud of how far I have come over the past few years. The video is something that I can really relate to, with toys everywhere, a toddler on your knee and trying to type one handed. It can be a struggle and that’s why I want to move into a bigger home. We currently live in a 2 bedroom flat, obviously both bedrooms are taken and we have no extra room for storage let alone an office. I would love to have my own office, a place where I can work in peace but for now I’ll have to make do with the kitchen table.
Do you work from home? Do you have any tips on how to adjust to working home life?
*This is a collaborative post with furniture-work.