Our day home was going to be closed for two weeks and I thought it would be the perfect time to spend some extra time with my youngest… That time has already come to an end and I feel completely different than I thought I would.
I thought by now I would be counting down the hours until I went back into the office, stressed out from how difficult it was to get work done with Cordelia demanding constant attention, struggling with getting Bobby ready for school and then getting him to and from school every day. I thought I’d be begging for adult interaction or an excuse to do my makeup. It would be easier if that was how I felt right now.
Instead of being stressful, the past two weeks have been absolutely amazing. The hour that I normally spend getting ready in the morning was instead dedicated to chatting with both of them while they ate breakfast, getting Bobby’s lunch ready, and checking my work email while enjoying my first cup of coffee. After dropping Bobby off at school Cordelia would ask to play GoNoodle, or play outside, and I’d focus on work. The breaks I’d normally take to chat with co-workers or go for a short walk was instead spent outside blowing bubbles or dancing to a Mini Pop track.
Afternoons were easy because Cordelia still has nap / quiet time, so I’d focus on my schooling (Event Planning), and then we’d head out to pick up Bobby from school – playing in the park for 15-20 minutes on the days that were really nice. When we got home they would go play outside together, or in their room, and I’d get a bit more work done and then get dinner ready.
My work productivity was as high as it is when I am in the office. I’m less stressed, and the house is in better shape than it normally is when I am away all day. Don’t get me wrong, my co-workers are the best and I really enjoy working with them… but time is flying by too quick and I want to spend more time with my family.
I spent time on self-reflection and for the first time, I feel like I really know what I want to do with my professional life. I hope to make my dream a reality in the next few years which will allow me the flexibility of being home with my kids while still contributing financially to our life and future… I just need to stay focused on it and the first step is completing my course. ♥