Balance is a difficult thing. I think it's probably even trickier when you work at home (and I'm not in any way diminishing the burden carried by those who work outside of home). I can try to ignore duties attached to the house when I am supposed to be here being creative, but the house surrounds me. If one of my girls has a dentist appointment, I'm the one with the 'flexible' schedule so guess who drives her? If Meeko needs a haircut, I'm the one who takes him (he's looking cute, by the way). Throw in a medical appointment for me, a sick day for one of my girls, two walks a day for Meeko scheduled in between rain and wind storms, and a week can disappear.
One of my daughters came home from school this week saying that some of her friends thought that everyone had a cleaning woman. No, not everyone. We don't have a gardener either. Well actually we do, but she lives here and is feeling bad right now about how neglected the garden is.
My husband is away from the house about 13 hours on most days and often works weekends, not by choice. He has an impossible job. He comes in the door at the end of the day like a hurricane and rushes around the house being 'mostly' helpful in a very condensed way. It makes for a family life that feels upside down sometimes.
Beyond the demands of day-to-day family life, it's hard to achieve balance online as well. If I look after my blog, I'm not painting. If I'm painting (and I did finish a painting this week), I'm not producing new prints for my Etsy shop (which still take me a lot of time to do). If I spend time making treasuries for Etsy (which is really helping my shop get more views), I'm not visiting other people's blogs and encouraging them. But if I spend time visiting blogs, I feel like I'm cheering on others and I'm neglecting myself.
You get my drift. I'm sure you all live various versions of this. It's hard to achieve balance or even feel that you're getting close some days. I'm not complaining. I'm mulling. I'm sifting. I'm deciding for today which one to pick.