Friday, 26 August 2016

Finding the Balance

It's scary to say this but for most of my working life, I have worked part time. I started working full time at the age of 17 but by the age of 21, I was on my first stint of maternity leave. I returned to work after having Zachary on a part time basis, doing only 15 hours a week. 

Once I had Charlotte, I increased my hours to 16 per week, working a 4 day week with every Friday off and working every second Saturday. I was lucky we were in the position to afford for me to work part time but it was also a necessity with having no family to care for the children in order for me to even do 20 or 25 hours per week, never mind full time. 

During my two years at college, I was still only doing 20 odd hours a week, including my study time. I had a day off every week which meant I could pick the kids up from school. I took them to school every day. If I needed to take time off college, it didn't affect me financially because I didn't get a bursary. 

But now I'm back to working full time, 36 hours per week. Thankfully I don't work weekends because of where I work, and I get to spend those two days with the kids and Husband (unless he is working). I don't get to do the school run or the school pick up; I'm lucky and so grateful to the wonderful person who helps me out with this, allowing me to be at work on time and to stay on until work stops. My Father in Law helps out, now he has retired, whenever he can too. 

I started blogging when Charlotte was born in 2009. I've loved keeping my blog and having all of these memories recorded to look back on. Fun times together, photos of our adventures and free time to do whatever we pleased. Whilst we still have this time, it is even more precious because it is limited to two full days per week. 

I'm not giving up blogging, but I do think I have to limit the time I spend on my blog. Most evenings I sit down at my computer and think of a blog post to write. Before, the content came so easily because we were always doing something. But, you may have noticed recently, the posts on my blog have been fewer and my weekly updates are quite repetitive. I don't enjoy writing the same old, same old but because we have this routine of school and work for 5 days, there really isn't anything more I can write. I also need to concentrate on work stuff as I have a required number of hours per year of post qualification training to do which includes research and further reading. 

So I've decided that, after this week's update, I will no longer post a weekly update on my blog. I want to finish my 366 Project for this year so I'll post a photo a day on here with a short description and from the new year, I'll post it on my Facebook Page and Instagram account. 

I'll still be sharing our days out and adventures, special achievements, funny stories, recipes and so on but these will be posted as and when they happen. I'll also be concentrating on getting a weekly video up on my YouTube channel. I love my blog and how much it has grown over the years, and I want to continue to build it for the kids to read back on in the future. But I also want it to be interesting to our readers, old and new. 

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