Let me start by saying that I am incredibly blessed to be able to work from home. While I didn't start this blog with the intention of making it a job, that's what it has become. I do love it though and that makes what I get to do pretty awesome!
Working from home sounds like a dream, right? Well… it is and it isn't. The thing is… as a mom, I'm always on-the-job and when I'm also working on the blog at home, I can't exactly shut off the mom duties.
A typical day right now at our house…
I get up at 5am and head to the gym for about an hour. That's my me-time. My biggest goal for 2017 is working on ME! I spend so much time focusing on everyone else and this momma needs to get herself together! Thanks to my work at the gym and Jenny Craig, I'm down over 22 lbs since the beginning of the year. I have a long way to go, but know that I can do it.
When I get home from the gym, Charlie is usually up, but not yet ready for school. Tom makes sure he's ready for the day: dressed, packed his lunch, bag ready, and that he ate breakfast. Owen sleeps in a bit sometimes, but usually he's up about the same or shortly after Charlie.
I usually eat breakfast after Charlie leaves for school.
Owen and I spend our mornings together (on days he doesn't have preschool) with him on the tablet playing a game or watching a show and I'm working on the laptop.
We'll eat lunch together upstairs at the table and if it's nice we'll run around and play outside.
I work through the afternoon and try to cook and photograph anything I need to after lunch. The light is usually best in the kitchen and dining room then.
Before I know it, Charlie's home from school and that means it's time to start dinner before Tom gets home. After dinner comes bath and some family time while everyone is together.
In the evenings, I try to stay off the tablets and laptop a bit more, but it's inevitable and I'm always working on something it seems.
Working from home means that I spend all day working on the same thing and nothing all at once it seems. I work in small spurts throughout the entire day between potty breaks, opening snacks, stepping on LEGO bricks, playing with my kids, making lunch and dinner, doing laundry, changing the channels, grocery shopping, washing dishes, and a million other things.
I'm not complaining at all because it is amazing that I've turned this little hobby into actual paying work, while still staying home with the boys. But… it's not easy. I think a lot of people think this is easy, but I'm kind of a hot mess most of the time.
This year, another goal of mine is to be a little less of a hot mess. We moved into our new home at the end of October. I'm super excited I have an office, but I've yet to use it. The office became the landing space for everything that didn't have a home. That means right now, I'm working from the couch, the dining room table, the kitchen island, and just about anywhere else in the house. I'm usually on the iPad, but also use the laptop and my Chromebook.
I recently discovered something that can help my lack of organization! Keeper Security helps make all of my online activity easier, faster, and more secure – all while managing my passwords and files in a private vault! I'm able to access and share this information anytime, anywhere and from any device!
I can use Keeper Security to help me make more secure passwords by selecting how many characters, if I need a number, and if I need a special character.
Because I'm going 100 different directions at a time, I don't have the patience for anything complicated. I love that Keeper Security is so easy to setup and use.
On the iPad, I use the Keeper Security mobile app to secure my passwords. But Keeper Security does more than that! It also protects my private files, photos and videos.
Honestly, it's ridiculously easy now to keep your passwords on hand as well as keeping your personal files safe and protected for yourself and the entire family with Keeper Security. Be sure to check it out!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.