We made it home from the beach to head back out of town for my parents 50th anniversary. I knew that I would be behind on my work but these were things that the family needed to do. I needed a few days with my family without my computer looming in the background reminding me of the millions of projects I have on my plate. The girls needed sometime with a less distracted mommy and daddy, to run in the sand and jump in the waves with them. We needed and wanted to stand by my parents as they celebrated a landmark that only a lucky few reach. I was so happy to see my brothers and sisters and their families. It has been a very fun and tiring time.
When I returned from the weekend, I found out that I had two clients with freelance jobs with deadlines early this week. This was bad timing as I already have a few projects I have not finished up and my first set of grades are due to my students. On Monday, I had an interview for an artist-in-residency position (which went extremely well and I am very excited!). It is all snowballing this week. I am thrilled for the work, the opportunities and so happy that I get to work at home, make my own schedule and see my children when I want to take a break. It can be a hard schedule with late nights and sometimes I feel like I don’t do the quality of work I would if I was away from home. I certainly would expect fewer interruptions and perhaps less drama (perhaps). Sometimes I crave for those hours of focused concentrated thought but I am sure I would miss out on more of my children’s lives. In the end it is worth the extra effort now.
I have been trying to work diligently from early morning to afternoon. Taking a break in the afternoon to take the girls out to play or swim. It is summer and we all want to enjoy the season which is so beautiful in Pennsylvania. I am glad and extremely appreciative that my mother-in-law is around in the morning to take the girls out to play in the sprinkler or to set up painting projects or to sit with them to play dolls or hair salon. All this time I plug away on my projects.
Today I was tired and sick of staying up late and getting up early to work but I forced myself to work until my mother-in-law left for work. I had to stop and focus on my girls. We headed to the pool and played for the rest of the day. I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful distractions. I know without them I would have continued to plug away at my work never stopping to enjoy the important moments. My girls keep me from missing life.