I'm often asked how I find the time to do everything. The truth is, I don't! I struggle just like you with balancing family and running my business. But I have always worked my creative business along with raising my girls, from the time I would do craft shows with our newborn in the stroller and beading away when she was taking naps!
I am very fortune to have a family that completely supports my business. Most of the cooking and cleaning are handled by Jess and my girls.
I was in the terrible habit of working all day and night for a few years, but have scaled back this year. I stop working when the girls get home at 4:30 and spend time doing family stuff until they are in bed at 9:30. When they arrive home from school I devote that first hour to listening and chatting them with about their day. I use my time in the evening to sketch, read and jot down ideas while we watch TV or hang out together. I don't get on the computer or spend time in my studio during that time. This has been good for all us, and good for me - we can't work 24 hours a day! (Now if I could only pry the Ipod from my hands during TV commercials. Shh, don't tell on me.)
Here are some tips that I shared on my facebook page for mom's who were struggling with finding time to create:
- Do you have another mom you can exchange babysitting time? I used to do that with another homeschool mom when I homeschooled. We would trade a day so that we could work on our creative businesses.
- I still get up before everyone so I can have an hour or two of quiet time. Is that what you do now? I find I'm more creative if I wake up early rather than staying up way too late.
- Maybe you could do a family creative day once a week. Feeding your creative soul may not involve beads at that time, but you will all enjoy the break from the everyday! We would take the girls to museums, art shows, take our sketchbooks to the park, etc.
- And then there is the reality that when we are raising kids we can't do it all - there are only so many hours in a day. Don't be hard on yourself and set realistic goals.