I've been enjoying Lara Casey's blogs lately - she, the maker of PowerSheets (excellent for goal setting that acknowledges you might have an actual life, not just a work life), has been very honest about the challenges of running a business and parenting. You know, at the same time. Many of my favorite entrepreneurs appear to just run a business - and they do it really well - but I often think their advice ignores some realities for those of us with kids. Like, your kid does not run on your business schedule. For a little bit they will - and I think that's healthy, the whole world shouldn't revolve around them - but on the macro level kids are messy. In the best possible way, but still, not so orderly.
Lately Lara's theme has been surrendering to the chaos of summer with grace. Giving yourself grace to know that your schedule will not be adhered to, and that while planning is useful, your plans are probably useless (to paraphrase Eisenhower.)
And that's completely on point right now - yesterday was full of swimming and yoga and making jewelry, but also full of orthodontia emergencies and bizarrely fast-moving hives all over the boy child, and antihistamines. Graceful chaos - that's where it's at for the summer. I love summer, but sometimes I'm still working on the graceful part of the chaos.
And, because who doesn't love goats, I'll leave you with a picture of yesterday's spectator from the batting cage. We put a cage in the trailer shed attached to our barn (because the boy child LOVES baseball), and the goats watch from above. Never fails to me laugh.