10 Things I Will Do With “All That Time”

Today is the first day that all three of my children are in school full-time. It’s a dichotomy between excitement and missing them, but it is definitely a good thing.  Working at home has been a huge blessing to me while the kids were still young.  If I had gone back to work outside the home, most of my salary would have gone for day-care, so I have, in some Top Ten Tuesday Buttonways, had the best of both worlds.

Along with the blessings come the challenges, though, and setting boundaries between the family life and professional life has proven to be a challenge.  During the day, I juggle trying to engage my four year old, and get spurts of work done in 30-minute segments. Not the picture of efficiency.  The other kids come home, and I try to spend time with them and cook dinner, before sitting down at night to work until I drop off asleep.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have changed ANYTHING. It has been a great opportunity. I know that working outside the home would have presented it’s own challenges as well!  But I think it’s interesting how little other moms understand about “Work at Home Moms”Mom Extra Time

When telling people that all my kids will be in school this year, it’s amazing how many people say, “What will you do with all that extra time?!” There are a few who have commented that I’ll be able to focus on my business, but not many.

So here are 10 things I’ll be doing with my “extra” time this year!

10. Write Better Blog Posts! Do you have any idea how many weeks I’ve wanted to write a Top Ten Tuesday post, and in fact written in my head? Alas, my fingers never got the time to actually peck it out.  I also hope to write more thoughtful posts involving parenting, faith, and more.

9. Read More Blogs! Everyone agrees that to be a better blogger, you need to be a better reader! So I’ve emptiedout my Google Reader, and started refilling it with blogs I want to read regularly!

8. Return Comments. I am SO thankful for people who leave comments here at Real Life, and I’m excited about being able to build community by commenting more!

7. Plan awesome content for my live streaming show, GET REAL on MomTV.com. I am excited about welcoming more guests, viewers, content and GIVEAWAYS.  If you would like email reminders each week for the show, fill out the form here, and you’ll stay in the know!

6. Start selling merchandise for my local e-zine, High Country Mom Squad, and give all the proceeds to charity! I think I’m going to use Cafe Press, do you have any other ideas?

5. Write some e-books! Establishing Your Local Social Media, Consulting Presence, and The Blogger’s Guide to Live Streaming Shows are a couple of titles I’m thinking about.

4. Build and Launch my NC Blog Buzz Network! I’m really excited about connecting NC Blogger with businesses, and bring opportunities to NC Bloggers! We’re in Alpha right now, with some amazing, trail-blazing bloggers, and we’ll be fully launching in the fall! Find out more here.

3. Have meetings and teach more classes! Yay! I love teaching, so while the kids are away, I hope to teach more local New Media Marketing Classes, AND teach online classes for Bloggers who want to branch out into teaching and consulting!

2. Volunteer at school. Since I’ll have no younger sibling at home, I’ll be more free to volunteer in my older children’s classes, proctor for tests, etc.!

1. Eat Bon Bons. Just kidding… Well, maybe just one after lunch.

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

Comments

  1. Can’t wait to see what you accomplish! You’re my hero, you know. Always ON!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    And *I* can’t wait to see that little baby you’ve been makin’!

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    Cindy Reply:

    Me, neither! I’ll have him out by Thursday!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Oh, wow! So does that mean you’re going to induce by then, if he doesn’t come?

  2. Great list, Sarah! Ladybug will be going to preschool M-F for 4 hrs a day. I know I have TONS of things that I want to do with my “free” time!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Awesome! Somehow I always find ways to fill any time I thought I would have! Good luck on your running too!

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  3. I love this list! I’m going to be staying home with my daughter this fall, and she’ll be in a morning preschool. I am a little nervous that people will think I have “so much time,” but my list of things I want to accomplish is already so long!!

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  4. Sarah,

    It looks like you have entered a new season of life! So excited for you. My youngest (twins) will go to preschool this year, and even havig that little window of time will be much appreciated, and I can’t wait to take on some “me” time and maybe blog more! I can’t wait to see where your new plans and endeavors take you.

    God Bless,
    Denise

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  5. Extra time is a luxury for me, but your list is great and I would love to spend more time doing many of those things too! 🙂 I came from Top 10 Tuesday!

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  6. Cathy
    Twitter: CathyIsReal
    says:

    So great that you made a list Sarah! I have to admit, both of my boys have been in school for years, but I tend to get distracted and lose focus some days, but when I make a list and have the visual it makes such a difference!

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  7. Sounds like a great plan. I still will have one little one home. Mapping out my schedule now is going to be key for me. Can’t wait to see your progess.

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  8. Well I like the last one the best you know!! I think that’s a great list and I know you’ll accomplish many wonderful things! I have not been structured enough and haven’t accomplished as much as I would like when my son is in school, but I really want to change that during this school year. Hugs to you Sarah!!

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  9. Coma Girl says:

    Good for you! And I’d be really interested reading those ebooks!

    Honestly, I went back to work outside the home part-time three years ago. And now I’m in the very beginning stages of starting a new website/business and I have to say, working at home with small children is MUCH harder!

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  10. Oh amanda
    Twitter: oohamanda
    says:

    Bonbons!!

    I’m excited to benefit from your kids being in school! You are awesome Sarah!!

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