Lately I’ve been getting reacquainted with my surrounds, finding beauty in the little things that I once overlooked. Despite pulling back my hours at work I am as busy as ever. I’m loving the change and it feels as though I’m living my life with my eyes and ears open.
When I was working full-time hours and trying to manage our family at the same time, I found that organization was my lifeline. Everything HAD to happen like clockwork otherwise all the dominos fell. I was glazing over everything to try to manage it all. I guess I felt like a “jack of all trades”, but unfortunately a “master of none.” My responses to Ella’s stories were automated and repetitive. Matt and I seemed to only have the energy to talk about bills, routines, and work, and poor Arvi got the least of my attention. Friends? social life? got the least of my time. But now I’m happy to announce that has all changed.
Recently I was driving Ella to school when she pointed out a rainbow over the city. I could hear the excitement and wonder in her voice. I admired her enthusiasm as she turned to me and said that its going to be a great day because she saw a rainbow, speaking as if it was a “sure thing” I chuckled to myself and we chatted until I dropped her off.
After I dropped her off I realized that when I was working FT that we didn’t have those chats. I was always “shooshing” her as I tried to catch the traffic reports on the radio or taking calls. How sad to realize that I’d missed out on those little talks in the car.
These days I hear about what happens in class, who she has a crush on, what music she listens to on her friends iPod. Everything. It made me wonder what kind of a relationship we would have in 2, 10 and 20 years if things had’ve continued on the same route. (keeping in mind that Ella is but merely 1/4 of this family)
|Our family dining table where we once would reheat our dinners and scoff it up to keep in with the strict routine. We now eat home cooked meals, laugh more and take our time to eat.|
|Featured in our dining room one of my latest paintings (swan) over a massive black nesting fruit bowl.|
|My mother gave Ella this little cane basket bag which Ella takes with her in the car. its usually got her favourite cuddly toy in it and or her DS along with a couple of pet rocks.|
|Ella’s room: I bought this futon from a 2nd hand place and recovered it with a polka dot quilt cover. I’ve featured various cushions including some that my nanna has crocheted for her. www.etsy.com/listing/79347291/crochet-cushion I also revamped this coffee table to suite. Geometric rug from Ikea.|
I still very much love the work that I do, in fact I feel like I have a better work ethic. I’m finding that I have a perfect balance between work, rest and play! I listen to my kids and watch them grow and develop. Matt and I are more in tune with each other and relishing in all the little things that we were too busy to appreciate before. Friends? Social life? welcome back!
See you again for more Work Rest Play
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