It feels as though we’re back from winter break at school and we’re all talking about what we did over the break. With last year (since June of course) being so overwhelming and difficult, I decided to take three weeks off around the holidays instead of my normal two. I was hoping that either I would completely reset OR that I would have a week to get work done before work truly started back up again.
I’ll tell you right off the bat that the former did not happen. If there even is a way to completely reset with a baby in your home, I sure didn’t discover it! The latter, however, did sort of happen…
My Goals for Winter Break
So my goals for this three week period (in addition to holiday celebrations of course) were to finish organizing our dining room – the last holdout from the move; get organized with Luci’s Morsels website and Instagram; and try to get a part-time nanny figured out.
I also stopped pumping. Christmas Day was the first day in six months without a single pumping session – something I hoped would give me space and sanity. While I LOVE not pumping, it didn’t really give me any more professional freedom.
I hoped that not trying to figure out work would allow me space to relax and get things around the house done. It didn’t. After Christmas, I was still losing my mind. I wasn’t even working on content and photos and I STILL couldn’t really get anything done around the house.
All you parents are probably giggling at me and that’s fair. These are lessons every new parent must learn. This experience, however, did light a fire under me…
What I Learned…
So. In the midst of this week of still going crazy, I realized that while finding part time care for C had been a priority, it was now priority number one and nothing else could be done until I got that figured out.
Getting childcare, however, isn’t easy. Long story short… I signed up (and paid for) two websites; had a few people come over; had one girl answer a planned call only to tell me she thought it was someone else and she’d call me right back (she never did); phone interviews; blah, blah, blah.
Finding childcare has been a hassle and while the flakiness isn’t personal, you do start to wonder if there’s something about you or your child that isn’t appealing.
I think we’ve found someone now, however, so hopefully it will all work out.
What I did Get Done…
So besides finding childcare, I also wanted to sort out our home a bit more. Since I don’t have a photographer I see every week, the responsibility of taking photos for LM and for Instagram lay on my shoulders.
I got a new phone with a great camera, but my house wasn’t ready to be the backdrop of photos (and I obviously don’t have time to fix it up everytime I want to take a photo). So I organized these built-in shelves in our dining room.
Three of the six are done for now. One is still a hodgepodge mess (totally not pictured). Two of them are cleaned off with some storage containers, but eventually I want to find other pieces to hold things there.
So it’s not perfect, but I have already started taking more photos with my phone to post on My Instagram and Instagram Stories.
I did also get started on some work…
I registered for a conference in June that I’ve been wanting to attend for a few years. I started planning the next two months for content (I told you I was behind)!
And I’ve started engaging more on Instagram again rather than just passively watching stories. I can’t hope to increase my engagement if I’m not also engaging with others!
We did also get one teeny, tiny trip in! My mom and I took the little guy with us for an overnight trip to Portland. We’re currently in Texas for another conference and we wanted to get a little more experience with his travel needs (mostly what stuff we’d need), etc. It was a nice getaway, but it’s certainly different than our previous trips!
Sometimes vacations and time-off aren’t relaxing or seemingly productive, but they can still be productive in the long run, helping you to reprioritize and think things through a little more. While I’m still daydreaming of a lots of things, I do feel as though I have some sort of direction and the pathway is slowing starting to appear!!!