So I can always remember the sweetness of this season, a typical day in our life:
6:00-7:00 Exercise + Time in Word My biggest goal for 2016 was to take better care of myself. For me, this mostly means getting my body moving and spending quality time with God-- preferably before I do anything else in the day. So I roll out of bed, pop in a 30 minute exercise video (usually Jillian Michaels), and then curl up on the floor with my Bible and prayer journal before others wake up. I don't do it every weekday, but I do try, and absolutely feel the rewards that come when I discipline myself.
7:00-9:00 Time with Brooks I get our son (18 mo) up at seven, and then we do all the normal activities: eat breakfast, clean the kitchen, sort of watch Good Morning America while B requests a zillion books to be read to him, etc. While he eats, I usually read aloud what I quietly read in my Bible that morning; he pays zero attention while I do so, but one day I pray this changes and I'm trying to establish good habits now. We also run around the backyard, chase the cat, climb the stairs over and over again, and get all the shoes out of our closet. Yay!
9:00-11:00 Work Brooks still takes two naps, so my work time is broken up throughout the day. Usually, I work on orders during this first nap so I can get them to our mailman or post office over lunch. I typically work on this site's orders one day and then Etsy's orders the next. We're now in roughly 15 retail stores around the country so I also have wholesale orders to fill. Robert has taken over the wholesale communication/invoicing (such a blessing), but it's up to me to make each piece of jewelry, which can come in orders of 100+ at times. I've been listening to Jamie Ivey's podcast while I work, but also love worship music on in the background, or sweet silence.
11:00-2:00 Misc Time B wakes up and we do all sorts of things for the next few hours: Eat lunch, go for a run, visit with friends, do errands, start laundry, etc. Every day looks different during this time, but our days are always full. Because I don't have nap times to get non-Dear Mushka work in, I have to be very intentional with these hours. I feel like I'm always saying "no" to various activities, but this is the season we're in and I can clearly see what God is asking me to do; anything that gets in the way of that has to (sometimes very sadly) be turned down for now.
2:00-4:00 Work Brooks goes back down for another nap (he's the best sleeper ever, y'all) and I pick back up where I left off. I could fill up all my time making orders, but there are so many other parts of running a business so I try to leave at least an hour of time for those things. Taking new photos, answering (lots of) e-mails, planning social media, ordering inventory, creating new pieces, website upkeep, researching business topics, etc! The never-ending to-do list is overwhelming at times, but I'm learning to just keep moving forward. It absolutely won't all get done today, but maybe a few things will, and that's enough. On today's must do list: Find an alternative e-mail marketing source because the one I've been using isn't synching with my website like it should, create the 25 pieces I'm donating to a conference, figure out Spring photoshoot details.
4:00-7:00 Family Time These are the longest hours of my day (I think most moms of littles would agree?), and are often chaotic. B wants a snack and all of my attention, Robert is getting home from work, B wants another snack and then another, and really would I please just go on and feed him dinner already? This year, at my pleading, we signed up for Hello Fresh and it has really improved the stress around dinner time. It's a little pricey, but because I spend typical meal-planning time working, this saves me a lot of energy and frustration. I'm thankful we have the means to do it! After dinner, Robert does the dishes (he's a gem) while I chase B around the house. Sometimes he gets a bath, sometimes not, but he's always in bed by seven if we're home.
7:00-10:00 Evening This time looks different depending on the day and season. During the Christmas rush, I found myself working many nights. Sometimes, one of us will hang out with friends while the other stays home (or we'll swap date nights with a friend and go out while someone sits at our house). Right now, work is more manageable, and Robert and I are able to spend relaxing quality time together. We love watching TV shows we can interact though (self-admitting Bachelor fans over here!), but we also head upstairs early to read... and stuff ... together before bedtime. We're almost always asleep by ten, knowing that 6:00 am will be here soon...
Of course days are always different. Sometimes Robert gets up with Brooks so I can work a little in the mornings. Sometimes we have to help a friend and miss a nap/work time. Occasionally we hire a sitter so I can work from 9-4. And weekends look totally different! But always, I'm incredibly aware of how sweet this season is. Adding another child will one day change so much, and I'm thankful for our little family of three and how the Lord is letting us do life right now.