July: A Celebration of Summer
Summer’s here! In theory, this phrase should mean we can all heave a sigh of relief, kick back and enjoy the long, hot days. I don’t know about you, but even while I try to relax and make time for friends and family, playtime and theater, BBQs and zoo trips, my head is already anticipating the fall and putting the wheels in motion for a smooth transition to the busy year ahead, and now welcoming a new life in November!
Dealing with my own issues of work/life balance have required large scale changes and an ‘all hands on deck’ approach in my household to handle the chaos. For example, today I’m in Atlanta for work, and wasn’t expecting to be, so it required a last-minute scramble on Friday to line up childcare for this week. I am so lucky to have my mom, husband and five back-up babysitters I can call on to help us smooth things out. It’s really important for all of us, women AND men, to be honest and upfront about the reality of how we make our lives work. We’ve got to dispel this modern illusion of the SuperWoman, which isn’t realistic and ends up just making everyone else feel bad for not being able to keep up. You cannot do it all alone!
I’m putting it out there how I REALLY seem to ‘do it all’ because it takes a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and the understanding and cooperation of a lot of different people. Right now I’m spending about two hours a week just coordinating everyone’s schedule in my family and more than twice the cost on childcare than we can actually afford, so we’ve had to look very seriously at how we can make things more sustainable and less chaotic for the not-so-far-away time when we become a family of four. (Four!) With two little ones, I KNOW it’s going to be crazy around here for the next year so we’ve started to consider full-time help. I found this wonderful program through Red Tricycle called Cultural Care Au Pair, which offers surprisingly affordable childcare and a unique cultural exchange program. We’re currently in process of interviewing au pairs to come and join us in our home for a year. The idea of welcoming someone full-time into our lives is daunting and I have conflicting emotions over it, but I know it’s a necessary step in order to handle the roller coaster schedule of this (nutty, wonderful, unpredictable) industry I work in.
Despite the fact that my head is swirling with big changes, myriad of schedules and of course the inevitable question of “What are we gonna eat?” I am also really trying to absorb the beautiful weather and the playful vibe that summer brings. I don’t know anyone, with kids or without, who actually takes the summer off, but this month we’re hoping that just for a few minutes every morning, you can bring a little bit more summer and lightness into your busy schedule. I’m most excited about our huge summer adventure giveaway with a beautiful poolside photo shoot from Adam Hendershott and Megan Lynn. I do hope that the beautiful images we’ll be bringing you and the longer days will encourage us all to kick back at least a little bit each day. Maybe take your morning coffee and your laptop onto your porch and just enjoy the beautiful weather in that hushed moment before the city wakes up and before the busy day begins. Cheers to summer!
Photography via Autumn Reeser and Goss
We hope the longer days will encourage us all to kick back at least a little bit each day this summer. Take your morning coffee and your laptop onto your porch and enjoy the beautiful weather in the hushed moment before the city wakes up and before the busy day begins. Cheers to summer!