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04 Feb Enjoying the Change

I have a vision of a day last year that I know at the time made me wonder what I was doing, and days like it are the reason I am now where I am and have changed from lawyer to blogger.

I came home from a board meeting at an organisation I volunteered for at 9pm.  I had left the house at 7.30 that morning having put a wash on, fed the three girls breakfast and hot footed it to the office for 8.
I know I took a call during that day from another voluntary organisation I support, and had been out for ten minutes at ‘lunch’ to post some birthday presents.

I left work late that day as I always seemed to, to rush to the board meeting that had started without me at 6.30pm. When I got home I found myself cooking dinner for me and the husband still in high heels, with contact lenses that smarted from the length of wear.

Did I then, collapse and sleep. No I then started answering the emails from PR’s and guest bloggers for Mini Travellers and tried to write a post about some rash vests we had been sent for our recent holiday. In between that I answered an email from a consultancy role I also did, and tried not to hate my husband for the fact that he hadn’t thought to make some tea for when I came home.

I entered into a twitter chat last night about blogging and about the hours, and I struggled to agree with some of the comments about work life balance.   For me, just at this present moment, I am still too close to remembering that day where I was trying to do it all.  I am not for one second saying people don’t work hard when they are working from home, some definitely work harder than they did before, but for me, just at the moment, I am completely enjoying the change in pace.   I just have more time to do the things I enjoy and just for now and I am going to thoroughly enjoy that.
*Photo Credit to Image Catalog
  • Barjerow
    Posted at 14:58h, 04 February Reply

    Glad you’re enjoying the change and your reasons are perfectly understandable! X

  • Kaye
    Posted at 06:48h, 07 February Reply

    Wow, that is alot! I work 3 days a week and I still find it difficult finding a balance but that really sounds tough. Lovely that you now have the opportunity to slow down a bit though and have time to concentrate on doing things you want to do too! #sundaystars

  • Christine
    Posted at 08:47h, 07 February Reply

    It certainly sounds like you made the right choice. I work 5 days per week but only during school term time so this is ideal for me (salary could be better, but you can’t have everything!). My blog is solely a hobby so I’ve never felt pressured by it – I don’t really want the added responsibility of PR deadlines and the like! #sundaystars

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    Posted at 08:49h, 07 February Reply

    wow! that is busy! It is so important that we remember what’s important and get some rest too #sundaystars

  • Lisa (mummascribbles)
    Posted at 09:12h, 07 February Reply

    Wowsers – how did you not crash and burn? I work full time but those hours are ridiculous. It’s no wonder so many give up their high flying careers. It sounds like it’s working out perfectly for you and I’m glad you’re enjoying the benefits of the changes you have made #SundayStars

  • Emma
    Posted at 09:17h, 07 February Reply

    Fantastic post and how exciting that you’ve been able to make that change for the better :-) #sundaystars

  • Crummy Mummy
    Posted at 09:52h, 07 February Reply

    Definitely sounds like you made the right decision! #sundaystars

  • Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    Posted at 09:54h, 07 February Reply

    Goodness! I am shattered reading that!

    I am glad it’s going well for you, Karen! X #sundaystars

  • Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    Posted at 11:23h, 07 February Reply

    I had to reread this Karen as I thought you said your husband was wearing high heels whilst cooking in the kitchen;) lol! Your family life certainly sounds more enjoyable and less hectic now! #SundayStars

  • Laura @ dear bear and beany
    Posted at 12:03h, 07 February Reply

    Sounds like you made the right decision, you only get one shot at life :-) #sundaystars

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    Posted at 13:41h, 07 February Reply

    Glad the changes are making a positive impact on your family – and that life feels more manageable now :) Jess xx #sundaystars

  • jeremy@thirstydaddy
    Posted at 14:39h, 07 February Reply

    I think at some point we have all looked at the clock, looked at ourselves, and thought “what am I doing here.” I’m glad you were able to get it sorted

  • Emma
    Posted at 16:26h, 07 February Reply

    Wow that is a busy day! Glad you are enjoying the change and it is having a good effect! x #sundaystars

  • Something Crunchy Mummy
    Posted at 16:45h, 07 February Reply

    Glad your enjoying the change. Sounds like you has a fast paced job & life so a change sounds like it was needed. #sundaystars xx

  • Lindi Mogale
    Posted at 17:16h, 07 February Reply

    I’m glad you are enjoying your new pace, and feeling less frantic. I’m still at the frantic trying to cram it all into the day moments and I feel many balls are falling down on the wayside but I’m hoping it will get back. All the best and thanks for the great lunkuo

  • The Brightness Of These Days
    Posted at 19:02h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on your career change! It must have taken a huge leap of faith. I am a lawyer too so I sympathise. Were you working full time? I’m going back to work next month working three days so I’m hoping it will be easier to find the elusive work/life balance…. thanks for hosting #SundayStars

  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    Posted at 21:43h, 07 February Reply

    What you were managing to do before can’t be sustainable for the long-term can it and I think you totally did the right thing by taking your foot off the gas a bit. Knowing you you will soon be upping the pace a lot again though! hee hee. It’s great seeing more of you though xx #sundaystars

  • Silly Mummy
    Posted at 00:24h, 08 February Reply

    Sounds like a good decision for you – definitely an exhausting work load you had there! #sundaystars

  • Laura Clark
    Posted at 18:11h, 08 February Reply

    Good for you :) Definitely sounds like you were juggling way too many balls before. All the best for your full time bloggerhood! 😀 #sundaystars

  • Sarah Christie
    Posted at 23:18h, 08 February Reply

    Karen I love it too, I think I work harder in terms of putting my heart and soul into something I love, it is 11.15 and I am still pottering but that stress I was under before, I cant see me ever feeling that again, that constant trying to meet a standard that are raised daily and no matter what you do is not good enough,. I feel happy, and willing to put the hours in because I get to pick the boys up from school and make them a hot chocolate with marshmallows on a cold day, nag them to do homework or go for walks with them, all things I missed out on before. No matter what happens I will never look back, you cant put a price on happiness and being with your kids I just wish I had realised that earlier, or maybe the time was just right for me now, who knows xx

  • becky
    Posted at 12:46h, 09 February Reply

    I sometimes think back to my life as a single Mum of one, it wasn’t as fast paced and packed as your life but I was out the house at 6,45 worked a 10-hour shift (Nursery Nurse/Deputy Manager) then arrived back home around 7 pm. Sometimes I think I miss the excitement and the rush and the ‘always something to do’ BUT I didn’t get to spend any time with Ellie (now 11) and that part I do not miss. I will most definitely always be grateful for the fact that right now, although it’s harder in some ways, that I get to spend time with my little monsters! #SundayStars

  • Jenny Wales with a Little One
    Posted at 13:33h, 09 February Reply

    So glad change is working for you. Long days all the time are a struggle to cope with.

  • Tim
    Posted at 16:54h, 09 February Reply

    Completely understandable. Blogging can so easily become all-consuming while you’re not looking. I work full-time and until recently wrote four blogs and did a regular podcast (now two blogs and a different podcast). I’ll always spend a lot of my spare time writing because it’s what I love to do but I am constantly reassessing what I do and stopping certain things to keep my life in some kind of balance and devoting the time I need to devote to my family. As much as I love writing about them, it’s not as much fun as being with them … #sundaystars

  • Katie
    Posted at 22:26h, 12 February Reply

    So glad you feel like you made the right choice and get to enjoy your free time now. I haven’t worked full time since I was pregnant with the twins 15 years ago, I never could understand how you managed to fit everything in around such long work hours and always look so wonderfully fresh and unstressed!!! #sundaystars

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