Looking back at June, a clear theme emerges – letting go. At the start of the year, with my son settled into school, I decided to pivot towards more paid work. I told everyone I know that I was looking for contract or freelance work. I crossed my fingers and hoped some work would trickle in. Well, there’s been a steady stream. It caught me offguard. I still consider myself a stay at home mum who works a bit on the side. Well, that was until this month, when some crunching of the numbers revealed I was working virtually full-time and pulling in pay cheques equal to my husband. It isn’t a blip – I’m a working mum now and there had to be changes for that to be sustainable. I couldn’t add in more paid work without letting other things go.
One of the first adjustments was the school run. I might be in a minority here, but I love the school run. I love taking my son to school and I love collecting him from school. We have little chats and I get a glimpse into his world at school with his friends. But it takes 1–2 hours per day, so somewhat reluctantly, I now let my husband do this twice a week.
The other big change was handing over the reins for the charity craft group that I coordinate. For a long time, I wasn’t able to give it the time and energy it really needs. I still have so many ideas for the group, but I just couldn’t getting them happening. Even though the role doesn’t require many hands-on hours, I always thought about it. I was sad to let it go, but it was also a relief.
I also let go of my blog-post schedule!
What I’ve been:
Reading– I didn’t let go of my reading time though, in fact, the opposite. I was gripped by two unputdownable books – The Hate U Give and Sodden Downstream. Both feature fantastic heroines and give a powerful glimpse into what it’s like to walk through the world in their shoes.
Making– The one post I did manage to publish was my thoughts on why making things for yourself is valuable if you want to simplify your life, even though it may seem more complicated.
Listening– I’m hooked on the New Zealand true crime podcast Gone Fishing. No spoilers, I’m only half way through.
Thinking about– I’ve been inspired by #plasticfreejuly to think of a couple of new actions I can focus on to reduce my plastic waste. If you’d like some ideas, In My Kiwi Kitchen has a great guide.
How was June for you? Have you made the decision to let something go recently?