A story about life balance, and an exciting feature

At Amazon: Minimalist Parenting
At Amazon: Minimalist Parenting

I think the world is telling me something, because my computer crashed last night. As in, it suddenly froze, and when I rebooted it, all I got was a flashing question mark, like it was mocking me.

(I'm writing this from my husband's computer.)

It's not looking good. Most of my writing is online, so it's not the end of the world, but it looks like my computer will be out of commission for the next week, right on the eve of the Mom 2.0 Summit (at which I'll be speaking; more on that next week).

Earlier that day, my husband and I had been talking about life balance. With all of my book work (first, the writing and now, the promotion) I've gotten in the habit working at night, something I rarely used to do.

During these last few months, my husband and I have temporarily switched roles: I've taken on the "employment" work role and he's picked up more of the domestic work. It has been eye-opening for both of us to step into each others' shoes. If you ever have the opportunity to do this with your partner, DO IT. You'll each gain empathy in ways you never could otherwise.

Anyway, the bottom line of the conversation was that I'm out of balance. I knew this, and I had expected it. We all get out of balance when we're working on something big, and we had prepared for it.

But the time has come to get back into balance, and that's proving trickier than expected. I've developed some bad habits (like late-night social media and constant email checking) I now need to leave behind.

It's not serious, and I'm on the case. Also, ironic given the subject of my book! So it's pretty interesting that my computer chose this particular moment to crash, don't you think?

The WeekI'll keep the rest of this short despite the many good conversations and star-alignments that are happening as a result of Minimalist Parenting. I'm especially excited to point to my post at The Week5 ways to embrace minimalist parenting. Lots of smart people I know read The Week, so it's pretty thrilling to have a feature there.

As always, thank you for reading, and for being patient with me as I stumble along. And now, I'm logging off and taking my dog for a walk.

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  1. Kendra says

    This was an interesting post to read, especially in light of the recent poem from Dallas Clayton, a beloved children’s book author: http://instagram.com/p/YidiCMJJZ6/ I feel tremendously inspired to find the lemonade in all my life’s experiences. No more feeling sorry for myself!

  2. Asha Dornfest says

    Kendra: that it the sweetest poem/illustration. That’s how I’m feeling today…lighter. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. says

    Hey Asha.. You are so right.. sometimes we get so caught up with our busy lives that we do lose balance.. Its happening to me too right now..i have gotten into this circle of sleeping late everyday and then missing workout in the morning and practically spending the entire day in front of the comp or just inside the house.. need to break this!!