I’ve written about this before, but i think its a topic i need to cover again, especially as we go into a new year and everyone is being inundated with new years goals and resolutions. I get a lot of emails asking me how i do it all it. How i run a business, and have a perfect family life, and maintain my sanity and am magically generally awesome at everything, all at the same time. KAPOW.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if that was true? I’d sure love to be awesome at everything, and have it all figured out. The worst is, it’s normally other mothers who ask me this. Women just like me who are just trying to get through each day in one piece, and it breaks my heart to think that the little snippets of me you see on this blog, and Instagram and Twitter are leaving anyone with the impression that i’m doing a better job at life than them.
I’m not :)
The truth is, i absolutely 100% for sure, do not do it all. I also don’t find things easier than everyone else, or get more things done than everyone else, or have special super human parenting abilities.
Just like everyone else, I’m doing the best i can. Chris helps me a LOT. Our families help us a lot. And my faith in Jesus is why I am constantly cheerful. That’s it.
This last year i had a very hard year. As a family we had a very very hard year. We have been pelted with constant illnesses, two medical emergencies and ridiculous external conflicts. We’ve had career dramas and school dramas. We moved house, changed jobs, and had a new baby. I had the hardest pregnancy i’ve ever had. If you emailed me you probably didn’t hear back from me. Some mornings i’m not really sure how i’m upright. It’s been hard.
But it’s okay! Things are good even when they are hard, and a hard year has taught me how strong my family is. How important our little unit is. How amazing my husband is. How good my kids are. It’s been an important year, and i’ve grown a lot, learnt a lot, changed even. And I’m happy! I know that God has blessed me, and because of that you will see a smile on my face every single day.
This blog is a diary of my work, of my progress and successes as a designer. It’s not about my life, or my personal struggles, or my failures. It’s a scrap book of proud moments. Just remember, whenever you read someones blog, you are reading a highly edited version of their lives. Especially right now, as we end a year, and everyone is wrapping up their big moments for the year and planning the next years awesomeness. Don’t forget that it’s the highlight reel.
So if you trip over your Everest of dirty laundry on the way to the coffee machine, while your baby vomits on your favourite rug, and your other kids are half killing each other over something stupid, and the kitchen is a pile of dishes, and you’ve lost your keys AGAIN, and you can’t imagine how you could ever be more tired than you are right now, or how you will possibly get out the house this morning – let alone look like a presentable human being. You are not alone. That was my morning too :)
Pass the coffee and lets all be friends.