School holidays are always a reminder that I am a working mum (and I try to be a mum first and working second). One of the things I love about being freelance is that I can set my own hours and I can take time off when I want. The flip side of this is that I never switch off. I don’t go home from the office and my phone is always by my side to make sure than I never miss a phone call or email. On the whole though, this works.
This Easter I had planned to work a couple of days but mostly I thought I would take time off to spend with my 8 year old son. He, however, had other ideas. He has been out of the house most days – at friends’ houses or at a holiday climbing club (rock climbing is his first love). This has given me some much needed time to catch up on a number of projects while still juggling holiday commitments (and providing mum’s taxi service).
I’m not complaining; I love that my son is independent enough to do his own thing during the holidays and that this gives me more time to work. It does mean that I relish the family time even more though – long walks at the weekend, a trip to the theatre last night (Stig of the Dump by London Contemporary Theatre, highly recommended), a meal out tonight. We are lucky that the never ending juggling act between work and play gives us something which I think is just about the right work-life balance. I wonder how many other people can say that. I do love my job!