Life is good, and that’s the way it should be. – Echosmith
So I’m just almost to 90 days at the new job with SME Digital. It’s pretty fabulous. My team members are awesome, supportive and smart. The workload is remarkably sane and manageable, and I’m even getting the chance to stretch and grow into more design & creative direction. Every time I hear the traffic reports while I’m not driving into the maelstrom of Louisville’s bridge mess, a giant idiotic grin appears on my face.
I got to take my kid to the beach a few times this summer just because there was no reason not to go. I was caught up on my work, the weather was nice, and the beach at Buffalo Trace Park was less than a mile away. I got to go along on the big waterpark field trip, and both elementary and high school graduations without sweating how much PTO I had left. I got to take Josh to college orientation. I wasn’t exhausted every evening. I got to, you know, be an actual parent to my kids.
Better late than never, I guess.
In fact, if I have any complaint, it’s that this whole summer has made me feel guilty for not doing whatever it took to work from home before now. But you can’t do that. You can’t ruin a beautiful now with regrets over what you could’ve done better in the past. It’s also taken me longer than I expected to get used to working remote full-time. I am not the most naturally organized person, but I don’t think I realized how much I depended on other people telling me what to do.
Today was the first day of school for Maddie, who is starting middle school this year. Josh is registered to start classes in about three weeks at the Purdue extension campus nearby. After a summer that was ridiculously relaxed, at least a little more routine should be hitting the Grey Cottage soon.
Would it ruin my “free-spirited creative” reputation if I admitted I’m looking forward to that? I’m learning that a certain amount of routine is the scaffolding that supports my creativity.
What about you? What are you learning right now? Where’s your life falling on the chaos-to-conformity spectrum — and are you happy with your place in it?