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Summertime in Maine – Brie + Pixel Blog – Brixel Creative – Maine Graphic Designer – http://www.brixelcreative.com

PHEW! Summer is in full swing here in Maine.

I’m a little embarrassed to say how long it’s been since my last post – about month or so – yikes! And I’m gonna go out on a limb right now just to say working from home (with 2 children on summer break) has become quite a difficult task. A typical day goes like this: just as I sit down to check email and complete a few tasks on my never ending list, one of my kids needs me for something – whether it’s a snack, just to say “I’m bored”, help take apart a lego piece, to reset the wireless so they can get on their iPod, etc, etc, etc.

Don’t get me wrong, the benefits to working from home far outweigh the negative aspects, so I’m really not complaining here. But if any of you have ever had to step out the office to work from home with your kids there, it can become a never ending battle of interruptions and nothing getting done.

It’s not like I can close my office door and set my phone to DND…it just
doesn’t work that way (although sometimes I wish I could).

But, all interruptions aside, I really do love having my kids home during the summer. It has offered so many opportunities for us to visit places we have never been before and experience new things together as a family. Growing up, I was able to stay home during the summer and I it was the best feeling ever. There’s no alarm clock and nowhere to be – you just wake up and figure out the schedule as you go. Being this is their first summer staying home instead of going to daycare or a day camp, they are loving the summertime freedom too.

This summer has been challenging at times, but at the end of the day a learning experience for us all. It has taught us to be in the moment, set aside all schedules and just go with the flow. It has taught us that every moment of every day does not need to be set in stone. Sometimes it’s best if you leave the schedule open and do what you feel like doing at that moment, because it’s those moments you will remember for a lifetime.

I hope you are able to step back from the schedules and have
a few go with the flow moments this summer too!


The honest truth about time…and why we always need more!

As a new work from home business owner and mother of 2, one of the downfalls I’m quickly realizing is I am NEVER OFF THE CLOCK! Some might say “well, you should have known this was going to happen”. Okay, okay yeah I thought it was going to happen but I also thought it wasn’t going to happen.

The thought of running my own business was like landing on “cloud 9” and being my own boss sounded so amazing! I mean most of the time it is pretty amazing and I have nothing to complain about. But being that I am the sole owner and employee of my business, I have to be the one that does it all – graphic design, promoting, marketing, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc, etc.

Wearing all the hats to make my business run, along with all the hats to make my house run can sometimes be slightly overwhelming.

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My decision to start my own graphic design business was the best for me and my family, however there are always pros and cons to any decision, business or personal. I absolutely love being my own boss, yet this great accomplishment is also a balancing act that comes with a lot of stress and late night tweeting. The never-ending task list for my business is added on to my regular daily tasks associated with being a mother and wife.

I find it hard to stop working not realizing it is dinner time and I am responsible for cooking. I find it hard to stop working when the laundry starts to pile up. I find it hard to stop working when the house needs vacuuming or the dishes need to be done. And although my family is willing to help out with all these tasks, they are also busy with their lives too – work, baseball practice, art class, school, homework, etc.

It didn’t take me long to realize there are only 24hrs in the day and everything cannot and will not be done within this time frame. On my most overwhelming days, I find comfort knowing there are probably millions of other moms out there juggling their business life with their mom life. And when life pulls me in 19 different directions, I know I’m not alone. As time goes on I know it will get better and running my own business will get easier. I have to allow myself to prioritize what needs to get done first on both the business side and personal side.

What I know now is this: if my house is not running smoothly, my business will not run smoothly either.

I am never off the clock and I have to make peace with this. For right now I will just push through and be the rock star entrepreneur I know I can be. Because at the end of the day, family always comes before business and most of the time it can wait until tomorrow.

For the Love of iPhone

As a work from home business owner, mother of 2, and winner of the “Best Wife Award” for 12 straight years, I tend to reach for my iPhone when I need a moment of sanity. I mean it’s the only ME time I seem to be able to find these days. Between work, kid’s activities, house cleaning, laundry (blah, blah, blah), women tend to need alone time to decompress after a long day. Maybe men don’t need this time, but in order for us to stay somewhat sane, this time is a must.

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Think about this: name one person who doesn’t love the iPhone? Ok well, maybe Droid users. But seriously, I feel like the iPhone was somehow created as a relaxation tool. After a long day at work or home with the kids, you look forward to that moment when you can relax on the couch and just sit there – doing nothing but using your iPhone. It’s a great feeling, right?!?!

Whether you’re checking Facebook, scrolling through your Twitter feed or pinning children’s party ideas on Pinterest, sometimes there is nothing better than your one-on-one time with your iPhone. Honestly, I don’t think you could get the same feeling from a Droid. I wouldn’t know, I’ve never owned one. And call me crazy, but it doesn’t seem like the owners of any other smartphone out there have the same “love at first sight” feeling like those that have iPhones.

For me, my iPhone is heaven sent – it is irreplaceable – it keeps me sane – it had me at hello – it completes me. By now you might be thinking it’s a little silly to talk about a smartphone like this. Well to this I say, there’s a very good possibility it’s not me that’s weird, maybe it’s you.