I left the workforce in the fall of 2014 to stay home and take care of Benedict. Alison was just beginning her residency, and her monthly schedule change was not conducive to parenting and both parents working. Fast-forward eight years, I’m still an at-home dad, but now with four children and homeschooling two of them. I’m running my own business and busier than ever. Things are nearing a breaking point.
A strange thing happened last fall. My buddy called and asked if I’d be willing to help him professionally. I’ve spent my work time over the past several years writing and publishing, with the occasional web design client. I liked the idea of doing more administrative/operations activities, and thought it would be a good fit. A few months later, a friend from Church called me out of the blue and asked me to come in and start helping him. Shortly after that, another friend asked me to help with their publishing needs.
I love working, and running my own business. My days are stuffed with tasks, to-dos, school, and work, but I’m also feeling incredibly fulfilled. I see progress in my professional life and progress in my children, but as a result, my health has fallen by the wayside.
Balance is something that we all seek, but it’s as elusive as ever in our always-on world. Identify those must do things that leave you feeling complete at the end of the day, and make sure they get done every day. Then, fill in the spaces with your other responsibilities.