I’m starting to get the hang of this new life we’re living. It’s taken some time, but I feel like we are finally getting into a groove.
Evan and I are building some routines and processes for our work days together, and I’m getting pretty good at being a full-time mom two days per week. The boys and I are having a lot of fun exploring parks and museums in San Diego, and my heart is happy watching the two of them play and grow together.
One thing that has been hard though is the amount of time available for me to work. Three days a week just isn’t a lot, and I’m definitely feeling pressed for time on my work days! I’d like to be blogging more about what we’ve been doing too (because we’ve been working hard!), but I’m finding that often times my ideas for blog posts are coming when I’m not in a place to capture them (like driving on the freeway or wrangling two kids). And I can’t always remember my ideas when I’m finally able to sit down and write!
I have a goal of writing one blog post per week, but this clearly hasn’t been happening, so I was thinking that some kind of blogging template might be helpful for me. Like a set of questions or topics that I can respond to every week. I was recently inspired by my favorite food blogger, the Brown Eyed Baker, and her “Friday Things” posts. Every Friday, instead of posting a recipe, she writes about all things life: her kids, tv shows, sports, new products, etc. Even if I’m not searching for a recipe, I always check out her posts on Fridays because I love to read her insights and updates.
After reading her latest Friday Things I started thinking that I should do a weekly post to recap what we’ve learned and accomplished. This way I always know what I am going to write about and can maximize my time when I’m at the computer. And since my background is in Student Affairs, it’s only fitting to focus these posts around our highs and lows of the week.
So, I bring to you our very first MC Weekly Highs and Lows.
We’ve networked and promoted ourselves more in the last week than Evan ever did in the 10 years he was running his business solo. We created a Minimal Chaos business page on Facebook, attended a La Mesa Chamber of Commerce event, and were featured on a WordPress community podcast called Hallway Chats – all in the last week! We have a lot of energy behind our business and we are learning to promote ourselves in ways that feel comfortable and natural. Good things are brewing, I can feel it.
We checked out a new co-working space in City Heights called CH Square Share, and hopefully we’ll end up getting a workspace there. It’s become pretty apparent that Evan needs a place he can work on Mondays and Friday when I’m home with the boys. This place is close to our house (about 12 minutes on surface streets), has a great vibe, and is super affordable. Bonus: they also said we could share the workstation as long as we’re not there at the same time!
I had a really good week doing everyday things with the boys. Most weeks we’re out and about running around the city. We’ve done several trips to the zoo and Balboa Park in the last month. But this week I felt the need to slow down and spend a little more time in the house and in our neighborhood. We ended up having several great park outings, a very successful shopping trip to Trader Joe’s, and a fun playdate with our best buddies. Riley spent a lot of time riding his bike, and Kaleb spent a lot of time in the swing. Fun was had by all!
January closed out as one of our slowest business months on record. We know this is typically a slower time of year for business, but now that there is no stable second income and all our eggs are in one basket, we’re really feeling the pressure to sign up new business in February.
Sleep. Evan and I did not get a lot of sleep this week. On the whole, our kids are sleeping much better than they were last year, and even than just a few months ago, but this week was rough. Kaleb has been teething for what feels like months, and he was up multiple times many nights. Riley seems to be going through something as well (scary dreams perhaps) because more nights than not he came into our room to bring Evan back to his bed. Here’s hoping this next week is a little bit better!