It’s so easy to work around the clock when you run your own business, even worse when you run it from home. There’s always something to do, deadlines to be met, emails to be sent, and people to talk to. It never ends. It’s exciting, but it can also be all-consuming. In my short experience as a work at home mom I quickly realised that it is so easy to end up with a clearly unbalanced life and an unhappy family.  I was often tired, sick, burnt out, and was beginning to lose passion and interest in my work.   I realised that if I continued in this vein I eventually my lose friends and family.

When I slip behind the study I end up in another world and I tend to lose myself.  I tell myself that it will only be two or three hours and before you know it it’s been the whole day. So I wrote a few things that help me to balance my life.

  1. Make time for fun and pointless things. Not everything has to have an end result or a point. Take up a hobby, I am still looking I haven’t found one yet.
  2. Schedule time off. Relaxation is good for the mind, spirit and body. So one day a week I switch off from social media and do not touch my computer. It has been so hard learning to relax but I am taking one day at a time.
  3. Learn to embrace family and friends. Friends and family are key in helping me stay balanced. We spend focused time together as a family.
  4. Determine my priorities and then tend to them. Church, children’s school events, walking my dogs, date night, those are just a few of my priorities and I set aside time for them.
  5. Setting up boundaries. I have learnt the art of saying no without offending anyone. I no longer have a hero complex; if it’s sinking let it sink. The more balanced I am the happier I can be.

When life is balanced I have more energy and can do so much more with the little time that I have. A balanced life equals a happy family.

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven– A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

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My destiny is not a place or an event, it is a path that God has chosen for me to follow. I am a work in progress and even though I may stumble and fall by His grace I will get to where I am going. I am a daughter of the most High God, a sister, a wife to T1 and a mother to T3 and T4. Taking each day as it comes and learning from my mistakes. The joy of the Lord is my strength. I love elephants, ice cream and chocolates. I am a stay at home mom navigating my way through the narrow streets of Cape Town. When I grow up I will live on a farm with my great Dane named Parsley.

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