Week 21 – work-life balance

Week 21 – work-life balance

My post-birth high from last week continued for most of this. I have also really enjoyed spending time with new mother and baby Mariam and Hassan. It is a bit of a cliche but new babies change so much in a few day or even hours. And it’s lovely to be part of some of those early “rites of passage” like  the first bath.

I have seen the two parts of my new working life overlapping a few times now – when I have given massage’s to my post natal clients and supporting Mariam during her labour. But they came together in a new way this week. I had my first massage client to have found me entirely via my website – a pregnant woman looking at short notice for relaxation in very late pregnancy. I was keen to help and managed to do so by asking  other clients to  move their appointments and giving up on some “admin” time I’d promised myself.

This made me realise how busy I have been over the past few weeks. The unpredictable and varied pattern to my life is one of the things I like a lot after years of Monday-Friday  9-5 (or 8-6,7,8 as was more often the case). But in the middle of the week I realised that I had not had a proper day off for nearly three weeks and I was suddenly very tired. I can see that there is a bit of a risk that doing something I love so much means that I completely lose a sense of work/life balance. I’m not overly-worried. In fact with the feast and famine nature of self-employment have some concern that I may not be busy enough over the next few weeks. But it is something I recognise I should keep an eye on. My father said to me the other day “I thought you had retired …”.