Finding time... / by Leah

If you're anything like me, you struggle to find the time for...well...anything.

First and foremost I'm a stay at home mom. I'm blessed to be able to do this. Truly. My generous husband makes this happen. He's such a hard worker. Secondly I'm a photographer. And I love it. It matters to me. It's been a dream of mine for so long. I studied Sociology and Women's Studies at UCLA (graduated with honors ahem, ahem). A professor once asked us what our dream jobs were. Immediately I replied "photographer". It surprised me, but I knew it was the truth rising to the surface. But I digress....

I'm currently living my dreams, and yet I struggle to find time to really immerse myself in either. Balance is a struggle, but I keep working at it daily. My kids occupy my day and my working hours are typically 9 PM to 1 AM. Sleep is definitely a luxury. Nap times and school days are added bonuses.

I'm currently in my pajamas, as are both my littles. My 1 year old is napping and Mustard Pancakes is occupying my 4 year old. Yes. I'm using the T.V. to get this done. I am surrounded by clean and folded laundry (can someone please put it away for me?), little people toys, and my portable office (currently a pile of things to get done on top of my kids toy box they do not have access to-don't feel sorry for them, remember the little people). And honestly, it's probably worse than it sounds. My brother recently asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I replied "a nanny", he laughed. I'm not sure why...

Every day I wake up with a plan to really make some progress, and every day I fall short. But I'm happy, my kids are happy, my husband is happy. I hope to blog more consistently, to share a bit more of myself, and my life. I hope to be a better mom and wife, to keep a cleaner home, I hope to learn more about my craft each day. I just need to find the time....

And now for a glimpse of time I found a few weeks back to take some photos of my girls. This is behind the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks. It was fast, messy, and slightly chaotic, but we got it done. And I looked like a mule with everything I brought.