Friday, January 8, 2016

Work/Life/Mom Balance (See Jane Juggle)

Anna Jane's day job (Theory dress,  SM shoes  - photo by Iron + Honey)
Anna Jane's always job / photo: Marena Beck
Work / Life Balance.  What a loaded phrase.  Does it exist?  I used to say, 'just love what you do and there's no need for a balance.'  That's what motivated me to leave consulting--I didn't love it.  I loved the perks (i.e. the airline miles, hotel points, free trips), but the work was mind-numbing to me.  Being on the road for a job you're not passionate about it draining.

I love Trunk Club.  It's been really cool to help build a company from the very early days.  Even now, four and a half years in, it's just as thrilling.  But as much as I love it, having a child has really turned my world upside down.  My schedule just isn't as flexible but I make it a priority to be with Harry every night before he goes to bed.  That means: work guilt, mommy guilt, Jerome guilt (yes, pet guilt exists), friend guilt, spousal guilt.  

Oh right, and I also have this blog.  But honestly, it's cathartic for me.  I simply wouldn't do this if I didn't enjoy it.  But.. don't know if I could ever blog full-time; I just don't know if I'm interesting enough or able to produce so that much content organically (but I'll never say never).

I often get asked how I juggle so many things.  I'll be honest--I have no idea.  Sometimes I have to stop and ask myself, 'what's this all for?'  (I'm philosophical like that)  But then I remind myself that I'm enjoying the journey.  I've become a hell of a lot more efficient at work--I have to be.  I know I have a hard stop most days so I can be make it home to see the baby.   Nothing is perfect--that's for certain; I am the first to admit that I could change plenty of things.  There are definite sacrifices and lessons learned--on the daily.   I'm not afraid to say no.  I know how to delegate.  I know when to prioritize.  I cherish my moments with my family.  I take a lot of pictures and have our nanny send even more during the day.  I stay in bed fifteen extra minutes, laying with Harry and Eric, even if it means I won't be able to dry my hair for work.  I haven't taken a real vacation in a very long time.  I can't find the time to work out.  I still make it a priority to trek four hours back to Ohio to see my mom, sister and her family, especially since my dad passed away.  I take advantage of the fact that two out of my three siblings live in the city near me, because family is everything.  I don't hang out with friends nearly enough.   Laying on separate couches with Eric while eating pizza after the baby goes to bed on a Saturday does not constitute a date night.  Working full-time is hard, but rewarding, exciting and I love problem solving.  Motherhood is the hardest thing I've ever done, but I love that little guy so it scares me.  

Lastly, this blog is not an afterthought; it's a big part of who I am right now.  I blog because it's fun to share snippets of my life and more importantly because it's related to my career--I believe that fashion can make you feel good.

That's about all I know; I'm winging the rest.

57 comments

  1. I love this post! Thank you for sharing! It's tough juggling so many things at once, but I think you're doing an awesome job and making it look flawless! Have a great weekend!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi! Long time reader, maybe first time commenter? Thanks for sharing and being so candid. I think you're doing just great - everyone's winging it, is one thing I've come to learn the older I get. I adore your blog and am happy it bring you joy, too!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is awesome. Your blog is great and I am so happy that you are continuing to do it. I have been reading See Jane for years now and you continue to provide inspiration (more so now with everything you juggle and not just your fashion sense). Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you so much for this awesome and inspiring post. I am a mother of four (in fact my youngest is literally weeks younger than Henry--I remember reading your birthing story a couple of weeks before my due date and then my baby was born 2 weeks early due to ICP). Prior to my last baby I worked full time and have had a full time job since I was 15 (now 33). When my youngest was born, I went to part time and I hated it. It meant more time with my kids, but my career suffered and so did my quality time with my kids (even though I got to spend more actual time with them, it was all the delegating of homework and chores and caravaning to various activities, etc.). I also suffered because there was no "me time" transition when working part-time--no lunch hour, no commuting time, nothing like that. So I found a better job with a longer commute. I love my new job. It was the best career move I ever made, I'm appreciated, I good at my job and it challenges me everyday. But, of course, this comes with the fact that I have far less actual time (although much more quality time) with my kids and husband. It is a struggle that, even after trying to figure out for 15 years of being a mother, I don't know that I ever will have it figured out. But being a style blogger (small time) who looks to bigger style bloggers like yourself, it is easy to get wrapped up in the "wow she has it all! Travel! Time with her kids! Great job! Cute clothes! How does she do that???" So in short (actually way longer than I anticipated), thanks for being real. Enjoy your little guy (the baby and the furbaby). They both grow too quickly.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I appreciate your blog and the way you keep it real. I originally found you because of your great style but stuck around because you are so candid and down to earth. And because I'm a fellow Ohio-born Chicagoan (here 12 years now, so I'll just call myself a Chicagoan). =p Thanks for sharing your life with us! And if you blog less as a way to find more "balance" we will completely understand! XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  6. Loved this post. Thank you for giving us an honest post. I love your sense of style and keep following BECAUSE blogging is not your full-time job and to me that is much more interesting. Every blog I used to like became dull once the owner became full-time.
    I also relate with you on the juggling bit. I have a 3-year old and a full-time demanding career. It's about quality time for us :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love this outfit! Keep going girl. You are managing well!

    Love,
    www.thestyleventure.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just the first picture and I'm hooked! Love your style! I checked out trunk club and it's an excellent idea! Would love to see your business get stronger and stronger. keep it up!

    Anna | http://www.annawangillustration.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. You did it so well.I should learn from you.
    http://www.newpatagonia.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. So obsessed with this whole look. Killin’ it as usual. Great way to start 2016. Happy New Year!
    buy long kurtis online india

    ReplyDelete
  11. It is so beautiful. Nice choice!
    http://www.patagoniaoutletjackets.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Amazing blogs, thanks for sharing!
    http://www.patagoniashoponline.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Anna, I found your blog when I was newly pregnant (or TTC, I can't remember) -someone had lauded it for your cute maternity outfits - and I instantly connected with your style, your intelligent writing and your sincerity. WRT balancing being a working mom, it is the eternal struggle. I am extremely fortunate that my husband and I run our business from home and as such I have a lot of flexibility, but our on-site days are long, and the interesting work is mostly out of town, which poses some conflict of interest for me.
    Anyway, I think one of the reasons I like your blog so much is that it isn't your f/t job. - it makes you all the more interesting! Though, as someone else mentioned, everyone would understand if you posted less frequently. Best wishes to you :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Life's a balancing act. It's seems like we put so much pressure on ourself to be the best at everything that we never stop and realize all of the great things that are going on around you. I saw always put your best foot forward and have fun with it.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great post!! Work/life balance is hard to figure out. I'm still getting there!! I'm glad you found something you love to do!

    www.maggiealamode.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. It's great to see that you have made balance in work, life and family. It must be a great challenge.

    http://www.patagoniaoutletshop.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. So in love with your post.Beautiful!

    http://www.officialpatagonia.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for being so honest! Because you have a full time job outside of the blog it seems so easy to relate to you. You're just a regular person sharing something you love. That's tough to come by these days so I appreciate it!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.
    geometry dash| sniper games |happy wheels | happy wheels 2 |agario| my little pony games mickey mouse games mahjong |pacman

    ReplyDelete
  20. Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this field.
    - minecraft games
    - happy wheels
    - happy wheels
    - tetris
    - brain games
    - puzzle games
    - agario
    - abcya
    - fnaf

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great post,I am happy to find this post very useful for me.
    Signature:
    Download retrica online includes more than eighty different filters with many different styles and include retrica indir , happy wheels , agario , happywheels , agar ,

    ReplyDelete
  22. Nice to be visiting your blog again, it has been months for me. Well this article that i’ve been waited for so long.
    I need this article to complete my assignment in the college, and it has same topic with your article. Thanks, great share.
    - Mortal Kombat XL
    - Atari Breakout
    - Dragon Ball Z Games

    ReplyDelete
  23. Thanks, you guys that is a great explanation. keep up the good work in your granite blog.
    mickey mouse games |
    happy wheels |
    agario

    ReplyDelete

  24. Thanks for sharing this Post, Keep Updating such topics.
    wordpress
    eliminate-marketing
    jimdo

    ReplyDelete
  25. We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. Great work.

    Such a very useful article. Very interesting to read this article.I would like to thank you for the efforts you had made for writing this awesome article.
    Sign in to Gmail to access to all Gooogle services. Log in to your account or sign up to create a new account
    gmail sign in

    gmail log in

    what's gmail?

    In this game, you start at the cavern men's age, then evolve! There is a total of 5 ages, each with its units and turrets. Take control of 16 different units and 15 different turrets to defend your base and destroy your enemy.
    age of war

    We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. Great work.
    happy wheels

    strike force heroes

    earn to die

    Fireboy and Watergirl arrived again to the temple in the forest. 2 players together can help them to find their way out.
    fireboyandwatergirl

    ReplyDelete
  26. I must appreciate the way you have expressed your feelingsthrough your blog!. Click here to play
    shooting games | dog games | fighting games | mickey mouse games | Subway Surfers

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for the best blog.it was very useful for me.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thank you for benefiting from time to focus on this kind of, I feel firmly about it and also really like comprehending far more with this particular subject matter.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Excellent read, Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?

    ReplyDelete
  30. All the best blogs that is very useful for keeping me share the ideas
    of the future as well this is really what I was looking for, and I am
    very happy to come here. Thank you very much
    earn to die
    earn to die 2
    earn to die 3
    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the
    earn to die 4
    courage to go ahead and give youu a shout out from
    earn to die 6
    Austin Texas! Just wanted to tell
    earn to die 5
    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the
    happy wheels
    strike force heroes
    slitherio
    you keep up the fantastic work!my weblog
    age of war
    earn to die 5

    ReplyDelete
  31. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have putin penning this website.
    vertix.io | dog games | fighting games | mickey mouse games | Subway Surfers

    ReplyDelete
  32. Here you will get a thought regarding the fitting method for selecting a gaming mouse. Pick the best gaming mouse according to your requirements and spending plan. clash of clans cheats

    ReplyDelete
  33. By and large there are three essential sorts of mouse holds that individuals use, Palm grasp, Claw grasp, and the Fingertip hold. super smash flash 2

    ReplyDelete
  34. The Palm grasp mouse is the most requested sorts of mouse, in which your complete hand lies level on the mouse. Hook hold resemble Palm mouse, yet your fingers are angled fit as a fiddle. showbox app

    ReplyDelete
  35. You can likewise allude to the different destinations for how to choose a perfect gaming mouse, then get a brief learning of each mouse. square quick app

    ReplyDelete
  36. Good blog post. I want to thank you for interesting and helpful information and I like your point of view. Thank you!
    slither io | wings io | science kombat | tank trouble 4

    ReplyDelete
  37. Welcomes to google terminal keep sharing such ideas in the future as well.
    google snake this was actually EARN TO DIE
    what i was looking for,and i am glad to came here! AGE OF WAR 2
    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while HAPPY WHEELS
    I want you to thank for your time of this wonderful read!!! Slitherio
    Amazing insight you have on this, Slither io This article always blew me BIG FARM

    ReplyDelete
  38. Let’s keep are safe place to play the very best free games for kids! Please click:
    slither.io | wings.io | happy wheels | abcya| happy wheels the game free | tetris | games for kids to play for free!

    ReplyDelete


  39. This app is great it gives you those moments of relaxation and incredibly wonderful
    age of war 2 | tank trouble | gold miner | tank trouble 3 | duck life
    Game is a must play game and the modern class:
    age of war 3 | red ball | Stick war 2 | Apple Shooter | goodgame empire | earn to die | tank trouble 2

    ReplyDelete
  40. I like this post, thank you! Your post is usefull with me.
    Signture:
    Baixar mobogenie - baixar whatsapp - baixar facebook

    ReplyDelete
  41. Outlook is the free email and calendar service that helps you stay on top of what matters and get things done
    outlook sign in

    ReplyDelete
  42. I hope you may maintain in submitting new content articles & thank you for sharing your great experience among us.
    Visit my site:
    Tamanna Oberoi
    Nisha Roy
    Priya Sharma
    Nisha Roy Gurgaon
    Priya Sharma In Gurgaon

    ReplyDelete