The past few months have been hard and since christmas I feel like I’ve really been in a winter slump that I can’t seem to snap out of. I’ve heard of the winter blues but I didn’t think it would ever affect me as much as it has. I’m really looking forward to the spring/summer now and I cannot wait for a little bit of sun. The dull days are taking it out of me even if I’ve not done much that day. Does anybody else feel the same? I’ve been really out of touch with blogging and some of you have noticed that I’ve been slowing it down a little as I would usually post three times a week. I’m struggling with Instagram, I can’t seem to get the right photos due to the weather being so dull and the lighting being so awful, I really am thinking of investing in a soft box (you know, those umbrella lights that photographers use) but I know deep down that natural lighting is best. I’ve been taking a bit of time out and have really enjoyed spending so much time with Alyssia although she is currently going through the terrible twos and I am struggling to cope with it all. I wrote a post a few months back about balancing work life and home life when they’re both very much intertwined, I’ve been working from home for a good 6 months now and I still haven’t found a routine that works for me.
Working when Alyssia goes to bed is okay but that’s my time, that should be the time where I can sit down with a hot chocolate and wind down for the evening. Even just running after a toddler all day, running errands and tackling the housework is enough to take it out of me. By the evening I can barely keep my eyes open to write let alone reply to emails. I am hoping that I find a routine that suits us soon, I need to sit down and work out when I can fit it all in because at the minute I am juggling everything and feeling guilty on both parts. Alyssia is 2 this week and it won’t be long until she goes to nursery so I’m thinking that maybe this is when I will be able to get it all done.
A few things that I have found that work for me are writing lists, having a diary and planning things in advance like days out etc. I hate staying in all day as Alyssia gets bored, we don’t have a garden and she’s at the age now where she just really wants to get out and explore. This week I’ve written a list on my memo section of my phone on jobs I need to do around the house. I’ve spread them out over the week so I don’t over do it too much, and I have also tried to plan days out for the upcoming weeks. I’ve written down a good 10 places I’d like to visit this summer so that’s good, I feel like planning things for the summer will make it hurry up. I wish!
Does anybody else find it hard to balance home and work life? I’d love to know if you have any advice on how to make it work.