First day back to work after vacation is brutal. I do my part to weigh costs and benefits with my personal work-life-balance all the time, I chew on my decisions daily. The focus on balance may be a true occupational hazard of being a mommy blogger. When one part of your career centers on writing parenting and pediatric content while thinking about balance for parents who work outside their home, the task of finding balance and meaning– true contentment of your own– can be arduous. Especially during the first few days back to work after a family vacation. Turns out perseverating on what others think about balance can be unproductive in moments of transition.
I’ve been away and a bit offline this past week or so. I’ve been lucky to be more present with my family. I haven’t been reading as much pediatric content. I was surprised to learn about the measles case here in Seattle, the multi-state listeria outbreak, and catch up on some new conversations about air travel safety. On vacation I traveled with my family to the Midwest to see one set of grandparents where I also pulled off a surprise 40th birthday party for my husband, I finished the book Lean In, I jumped repeatedly into a lake, I read a poorly written “beach novel,” and I started Infinite Jest (will be miraculous if I can finish it). I played and played with the boys. I did my part to check-in and check-out of the chewy challenge of striking a good balance between work and family in my head… Read full post »