Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
This has been a challenge at times because I have four beautiful children who require lots of my time and attention. In the past my life has felt chaotic because my expectations of what I wanted to achieve day-to-day far outweighed the reality. I found myself constantly thinking about the things I still had to do, rather than patting myself on the back for the things I had achieved.
An approach that has helped me overcome this problem is to write down all the things that are important in my life and to divide my time fairly between them, for example: family, friends, exercise, household chores, my business, relaxation, etc. This means that I now allocate specific time to my business and whatever I don’t get done in that time just has to wait. This approach has made me really prioritise what’s most important; I now feel much more at peace with the balance in my life.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
I am a creative person who loves a challenge, so even though I have put a lot of time and effort into developing the School Start Buddy and Spelling Rules Program, it has felt more like a hobby than a job for me. An extra bonus is that my own children have benefited because they have been my guinea pigs while trialing activities and resources.
The downside to running my own business is that there’s a lot of responsibility and my “to do” list seems neverending!
Hopes and dreams: What next?
I have always believed that both the School Start Buddy and Spelling Rules Program would be valuable resources for people who homeschool their children because they give parents all the information and resources they need and best of all, they are great value for money. This year I will be focusing my energy towards the homeschooling community, so I am excited at the prospect of what new opportunities this will bring.