The balance between work and personal life is one that will probably always be present. My wife and I have three incredible boys, she is an intensive care nurse, and I’m a self employed photographer. Our schedules can become a little…hectic, to say the least. There are days when I don’t know how we will fit everything in. If you’re self employed and have a family, you know what I’m talking about. There’s the never ending struggle to keep work coming in, but also be present in the lives of your kids. I never want our boys to feel like they have a father who is too busy for them.
I remember when I began working for myself, I thought how great it would be to make my own schedule. To not work weekends any longer. To be home for dinner every night. I. Was. Naive. Take this blog post. I’m writing it on a Sunday evening at 10:05 PM. Everyone else in the house is asleep and although I’m tired, this is the first chance I’ve had today to sit down and think. I work when I can. There are plenty of evenings when I’m up until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, working and preparing. And honestly? I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love what I do and almost think of it as “not work.”
Except for accounting. That’s work. Awful work. I’m afraid of it.