working to regain work-life balance

It has been one of those weeks that went speeding by. But it also felt like it would never end. Too many deadlines. Too much whining from the little one who’s having a hard time letting go of the nursing habit. Too many dirty supper dishes that had to be faced the next morning.

One day after lunch I feel asleep while reading a book aloud to my son. In that half-awake in between state, I could sort of hear myself speaking gibberish. Yesterday I walked around all morning, foggy headed from lack of sleep. This wasn’t how I had envisioned work-life balance.

I started freelancing because I wanted a job that was flexible enough to fit with my family’s schedule. But this week it fell far short of my expectations. It’s time to guard more diligently against over commitment, I’ve learned. (And to schedule more time for sleep.)

What do you do restore work-life balance?

shoe-in

Today’s interview reminded me of the one I had when I landed a job in Korea. That one started out, “So, what city would you like to work in?”

Just a few minutes ago, the conversation began with, “let me tell you more about the class you’ll be teaching.” Here I was expecting to be grilled about my philosophy of teaching and prepared to demonstrate my competence in the field.

Now I’ll have a regular Saturday morning gig.