Finding Time for Me, & Some Self Portraits

Oh my goodness, I haven’t written a post since February… One of the hardest parts of motherhood is finding or making personal time. And even though this blog falls under my photography business category, that still seems to fall under the umbrella of “me” time. So it’s often the last piece addressed (but clients are a different story — I’m so excited to be booking spring clients!!).

My #1 job is to take care of the kids, and I’m fortunate I know to say that, so I want to take advantage. And I know this time will go so quickly, they’ll be grown up before we know it so I also feel like I should take advantage. I don’t want to look back and regret not cuddling more while I still could. Plus, they can’t take care of themselves. They can’t buy food, get to school, do their laundry, etc… so I have to do that for them. In order for CJ to have clean pants to wear to school and a lunch to eat, I have to make that a priority. And writing gets pushed back again and again.

Self portrait with my girls

I have time to think about what I want to write — when driving the kids to school, attending after-school activities, playing with Littlest One, doing playdates, or while folding laundry, cooking, and cleaning… the list goes on. These ideas linger in my head, the paragraphs writing themselves and editing, envisioning the photographs that would accompany them, and keep lingering… because I so rarely seem to find time to sit down at the computer and actually type. Sadly, by the time I find it, I often feel like the moment has passed and the post I wanted to write is no longer relevant.

[this morning is a refreshing exception… I blasted through house stuff before taking the kids to school, and now LO is still passed out from the ride home… I moved her to her playmat and changed her diaper, but she’s still dozing there on the floor… carpe diem! I should be working on taxes, but that can happen during Dora later today]

Self portraits with littlest oneI’m writing all this because, I suspect other parents out there can relate. I find it reassuring to bond with friends about the ups and downs of motherhood, so I want to provide that to others, too. B&W portrait with daughter

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