I am always working on something. I think for most creatives, especially if you run your own business, you always seem to be working. If it is not a job, you have paperwork to do. If it’s not paper work, you have promos to do. It goes on and on. I learned pretty quickly that it’s really hard to keep a consistent schedule. That doesn’t always work when you have a family. I had to make something work, otherwise I would never see them. I try really hard to keep my freelance schedule a 9-5 job. I get up in the morning, make breakfast for my ladies, pack lunches, and walk them to school. I look forward to it. I know that the time is coming when they may not want to be around me. I dare to say it, but I know the day will come when they will be embarrassed to be around me.
This last year was hard on all of us. It was hard to keep all of the feelings I had locked up so that my girls wouldn’t notice just how frightened I was. I started doing a lot of thinking. What are some of the best times we had as a family? One was sitting down and having dinner together. It sounds easy, but unless you make it a habit you find yourself easily working right through that special time. The other highlights are the times we have traveling together. Now I am not talking about a big expensive trip somewhere. I am talking about family time. Together. Road trips are the best. My family did a lot of them growing up. As I got into my teens, they didn’t seem as fun. Now that I am getting older I realize just how important that time was. This last November we took a family trip to San Francisco. It was celebration trip. It had been a year since Lisa’s surgery. It was a trip where there were no complaints, no worries, and no real plans. Our only plan was to enjoy each other. You need to make time with your family. It’s simple to do. Just turn off the phone for a few days and do it.