But the whole family/work/self balance. I have weeks where I'm so bogged down in work that there is no time for balancing out the other things especially not the self part. I think (read hope) my husband is slowly coming to realise this. Our conversation this morning indicated that he just might be getting it.
My job is such that I have to take the work when it's there because it won't be there tomorrow let alone next week. And I feel if I don't take it, I'm letting my clients down too. So, I try and keep the balance around important occasions like birthdays and important family gatherings. I feel I do okay at this during the week when the only balance I need to find is that of looking after the girls and fitting in a bit of work here and there. But throw in a husband or an unexpected event such as no brakes on a car - which is how my world turned upside down yesterday - and I've got nothing.
So just like Schmoo's birthday cake today, I'm trying to perfect the art of balance. I think some weeks I've got it in the bag but others, well there's just no way.
And then I think, maybe that is the balance. Maybe, because of the type of work, some weeks will be heavily laden with work whilst other weeks will be less tied down to the working side of life. Maybe, rather than looking at this on a week to week basis, I need to broaden the view across a whole month and then decide if anything is in fact lacking.
Who knows? Maybe I'll surprise myself with just how balanced things really are. Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees and I need to take a step back and see if there really is any reason to be feeling neglectful just because one week out of two or three feels that way.
Time will tell. Time will tell.
But for today, I am baking cakes and getting ready to celebrate my little Schmooey's birthday. I can't believe she is four in a couple of days. I can't believe that she will be starting kindy five days a fortnight as of the next school term because a place became available. And I can't believe that means I have less time to get used to her not being with me for most of my week. I'm going to miss my little mate terribly when she goes to Prep next year and this is just the beginning.
So the next two weeks will be spent preparing myself for letting go that little bit more but also just hanging out with my girls and enjoying them until the busy school term starts again!
Time to get ready for a party...