After the long school summer holidays (8 weeks here in Northern Ireland) I'm trying to adjust to the fact that all three of my children are now back at school and for the youngest, from next week he'll be staying later. Although they haven't quite flown the nest yet, I'm beginning to see what it must be like when they're all grown up and choose to leave home. Whilst that won't happen for sometime yet, one of the benefits of the children being away during the day is that I have so much more time now to get on with working from home. I'm even getting time to think about my future and have managed to sign up for a 1 year evening class to feed my photography habit!
As a direct result of all this time to myself, when the children come in from school I don't feel quite so frustrated anymore. Because I work from home, over the past few years there has always been some degree of background noise as I tried desperately to write every day - more often than not it was the sound of kiddie tv! I was mostly able to tune out to a certain degree, but there was always the slight guilt that every time I sat down at the computer, it was time I wasn't really spending with them! What is it about us mums that we never properly feel we're getting the balance right?
I gave up a teaching career for my children so I could be at home with them - and then I still felt guilty because instead of working away from them I was working in the same room as them! Crazy, but true...
I've often contemplated (particularly during the holidays) what it would be like to be working alone from home, without any disruptions, but now it's here I sort of miss the morning noise and bustle. Of course, at weekendsI do get a reminder of what it's like again and realise that I don't really miss the noise that much and by Sunday night I'm desperately counting the hours until Monday morning again!
Anyway, life is changing now and I'm feeling like I can start taking this working from home thing to new levels. I don't quite know what yet, but I do know I've certainly got time now to consider all my options - something that has been lacking in my life for so very long! ;)