Posts tagged balancing work and motherhood
Balancing Work and Motherhood

We decided, for the first time since having a child, to actually hire a real babysitter to come to the house, which has proven to be a bit of a difficult transition for Josie who is very stranger aware and VERY attached to her mama.

But I've been desperate for some quiet time in the studio and have struggled so much to get all the work done that needs to be done every week, so we're pushing through the discomfort!

I'm hoping this transition will allow me a few extra hours every week to do some more serious marketing for my business and also to pursue a few personal passions that I've been dying to get to.

This truly is the struggle of motherhood- to decide how much time/energy to devote to your child and how much time/energy is healthy to spend away doing your own thing and pursuing your own dreams. Honestly, I see a lot of moms who don't take enough time away, and I totally get that struggle. 

But let me ask: should we, as moms, put our own desires on hold until our kids are grown? If not, how do we still pursue those dreams and be a good mom? 

I think the answer to these questions are probably different for everyone, but since I work from home, the boundary lines have always been blurry for me. I've felt the pressure to do BOTH jobs at the same time, which is crazy hard. Impossible most days. 

So, a few weeks ago, I finally asked for help and am praying it works out for us all. I actually think a little bit of space between Josie and I will be a good thing. The girl is obsessed with me, and I'm pretty obsessed with her too! haha

If you have young kids, is this balance something you struggle with too? How do you overcome the guilt of separation? How do you teach your kids healthy boundaries? 

Leave a comment and let me know! I need all the advice I can get!

Painting Kids

I've really loved the challenge of painting children lately, especially when my own child is getting so big and changing every day! The idea of capturing a moment of childhood and preserving it with pencil and paint brush intrigues me and adds so much joy to my work.

We've had our neighbor girl (who's 10 years old) coming over a few days a week after school to play with Josie while I work. It's been wonderful! Josie lights up when Kourtney walks into the studio and runs around squealing with joy, eager to play with her new best friend.

Seth and I have been getting up earlier to try and take advantage of those glorious quiet hours before the babe awakes and chaos ensues. I'm not a morning person (AT ALL), so it's helpful to have Seth to coax me out of bed at 5:30 am. Being a mother is nothing if not a constant challenge and joy in equal measure! :)

I hope your week is going well! Don't forget to sign up for my LIVE portrait event this weekend (read more about that here), and come out and see me Friday and Saturday in Morton, IL! Bring the kiddos. It'll be a fun time!