How do you strive to strike the balance between being a working Mama?
I don’t take for granted for a second how fortunate it is to work for oneself; Because of that, I can influence when I push harder for my career, or push harder for my family life. There’s no perfect balance, but after the birth of my second baby, who we waited what felt like a lifetime for, I learned that putting aside work completely for two solid days every week to focus on my family restores me creatively. Even if that can’t always be on the weekend, I’m committed to it.
I don’t believe in the being-busy-means-being-important myth, although I think I once did. Part of my letting go has to do with aging gracefully, and knowing that what I’m accomplishing right now, this month or this year, is enough.
It also helps that my daughter is getting to the age where she sees and appreciates the positive effects my work has on our family, and often runs into the kitchen or my office and says, “how can I help?” where as my son, who is only 2, still wants my undivided attention whenever I am near. But I know now how fleeting this time is, so I’m trying to remember that work will wait, and often not change much while my head is turned. The kids, on the other hand, grow by leaps and bounds every time I blink.
What baking recipe would you like to share?
Bittersweet chocolate tart. This recipe is perfect, and super easy for the holidays. It makes you look like you’ve done much more work than you actually have, which, to your above question, is what’s working for me right now. It’s a little trick I learned from the French—they’ve mastered that.