Well, it’s been a while! I’m feeling a bit sheepish as it’s almost a year since my last post in fact. To be honest, I hadn’t intended the gap to be so long but I needed time out to reassess a lot of things in my life last year (hindsight tells me that was all part of this whole discovery process). We also had some family health stuff that took up a lot of my headspace towards the end of last year. With things calming down, it’s time to get back to what I love – writing.
The benefit of having a break from blogging is that it has allowed me to re-think the focus of this blog. The reason for starting the blog in the first place was to give me a space to write, away from my day job as a research consultant. Working in consultancy is great but I had allowed work to creep into family time far too much than I was happy with. Even when I wasn’t working, I was thinking about work. With two young children, the effects of this soon began to show. Cue ‘shouty mum’ syndrome, tiredness and a feeling that I was spreading myself too thinly and not being particularly efficient – at anything really. It also meant that I had little time for the things I loved to do outside of work, like writing. Blogging was a way to document my journey of trying to get more harmony in my life and in discovering how to be a more effective juggler of work and family life.
Over the last year, I’ve taken some time out to assess how far I have got with that journey. I’m definitely a lot better than I was, but I think this will be a continuous journey for me. I’ve accepted that juggling work and family life can be difficult at times, but that’s OK as long as I can keep things balanced in terms of time for family, hobbies and life outside of work most of the time.
Having changed my mindset on what work-life harmony is to me (and it can mean different things to different people), I wanted to take a step back from this blog and focus on making sure I was getting the balance I needed in all aspects of my life. I reached out to a life coach who gave me some great tools for understanding where and why I was feeling out of balance. That was an important learning process for me, so now I’m back, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my learnings and continuing on this journey to rid my life of chaos (or some of it anyway)!