Oh, Hello August

hello august

I, for one, am thrilled to say hello August. This summer has gone by unbelievably fast. Perhaps it’s because it’s the first actual summer break for my daughter. Or because I’m juggling freelance life and motherhood (spoiler alert: motherhood has taken priority all summer.) Or because we’ve had an abundance of fun plans that have kept us busy. No matter what the reason, summer is coming to a close this month, and I am honestly thrilled about it.

Don’t get me wrong; I have loved this summer. We’ve gone hiking, done multiple camping trips, done day trips to different places both local and far, and it’s been wonderful. But I am so looking forward to getting back into the school year. To have a set work schedule. Balance this summer has basically been non-existent. Art has taken a full backseat to full-time mom life again. And that’s not a bad thing. It’s my choice. Yes, I could prioritize working over other things. But I am in an incredibly lucky position where I don’t HAVE to do that. Where we can afford for me not to work for the summer so I can make the choice to spend this precious time with my kiddo.

Towards the beginning of summer I struggled a lot with guilt about working less. About not contributing. But I realized throughout this summer, as I gathered up big and little experiences with my ever-growing child, that I have no reason to feel guilty about wanting to enjoy every moment of this time. All too soon my daughter will be big enough to not want to spend her days playing with mom, adventuring with mom, curling up in my lap at the end of a long day of fun. As she grows, and keeps garnering more and more independence, she’ll want to spend her time with friends, or on her own. And that’s wonderful! But it does mean that I want to enjoy this time, now, while it’s still here. Time to work will always be there. Time with my daughter while she’s young won’t be.

The past two weeks I’ve been rather absent online. A tweet here and there, or an Instagram post on occasion. Part of me wishes I put more effort into it. But then the other part remembers that in those two weeks I’ve done two camping trips (in the woods with zero internet service), trips to the beach, lazy days building Legos, backyard sprinkler jaunts, and much more. And I realize that while I love my life online, the friends I’ve made, sharing my art with the internet world, it isn’t a requirement to share. I don’t have to set up the perfect snap for Instagram, I don’t have to think of something to tweet about. If I want to, great! If not, that’s just as great.

As I type this, I’m mentally making lists for the trip we are taking this week. Thursday morning we head out with friends for our first little family vacation together! Our two families are driving up to Montreal for four days and we have SO much planned. Given that we are staying in the city (aka with WiFi and cell service), there’s a good chance I WILL be sharing a lot of it on social media. But if not, that’s okay too. We’ve got just a few weeks left of summertime before the school year begins and I’m back to my regular work schedule. And while I’m thrilled for that, I’m equally thrilled to soak up every ounce of time until then. So I’ll say again, hello August, I can’t wait for all you bring!

 

  • Mariah Kaercher

    Have fun in Montreal!

    • Kay

      Thanks! There’ll definitely be a post about it, even if I fail at sharing on social media while I’m there! 😀

  • Disconnecting from the online world and spending quality time with loved ones is the BEST feeling ever!! I’m too excited for Fall! Hope you have an amazing time in Montreal!

    • Kay

      Yes! It’s weird how when you spend so much time online you can feel guilty for enjoying the real world haha! And thank you!

  • I think it’s great you’re able to spend so much time with your daughter! I’m glad you’ve been able to enjoy it. Hope you enjoy your trip!

    • Kay

      Thank you!

  • Desiree

    I think it’s greatvyoh get to spend time with your kiddo. The way you want to. Like you I love my online friends and the connections I’ve made, but life has made it so I’m not so connected lately, and that’s okay. Enjoy your trip!

    • Kay

      Yes, exactly. Thank you!

  • I’m so done with Summer! Between studying and the unbelievable temperatures, I didn’t manage to relax. Can’t wait for Fall! Hope you’ll have a great trip 🙂

    • Kay

      Oh I hope you can manage some time to relax in the fall!

  • Jas

    This summer has gone fast, but to be honest, in my head it’s already nearly Christmas, I’m ready for the cold weather and warm clothes again. You sound like you’ve done an amazing job this summer <3 Treasure all this time. Great to be back on your blog again! J x – jaspoole.co.uk/blog

    • Kay

      Thanks so much Jas! I am definitely ready for cooler weather and cozy clothes, yes.

  • Sounds like you’ve had an amazing summer!!!!

    • Kay

      For sure! Busy, but so much fun!

  • B.

    I can’t believe it’s already August. I feel like this year has been just flying by! I hope you have a great trip!

    • Kay

      I know! It’s crazy to be thinking about Halloween and Christmas already but that’s where my head is at lately! XD And thank you!

  • I am with you about summer being almost over. Not only because of the heat, tons of work and freelance stress I get to see my brother in September in Edinburgh, Scotland! Which is great since he lives in Oregon and I live in Germany so we rarely get to see each other. Like you said it’s great to work but when you can enjoy your family art/career stuff takes a backseat. Have fun with your kiddo on your next adventure!

    • Kay

      Ah, that’s fantastic! I hope you have a great trip in Scotland. That is hopefully going to be our first destination overseas in a couple years. 🙂 Thank you, we will definitely enjoy the lat few weeks of summer!

  • Yup, it’s August O.o Time flies! Feeling guilty because you spend more time with the family is normal. But, you know, it’s summer time, so you better stay with your kiddo. Work will be there when the summer time is gone. 😉

    • Kay

      Yes, exactly that! Gotta keep that in my head sometimes when the guilt kicks in.

  • Glad you had so much fun this Summer! I had some great times too, but I’m ready for this heat to go away! x_x

    • Kay

      SAME. And it doesn’t even get THAT hot here in NH, but I am still too much of an old lady for it now haha. I’ll take cold and sweaters any day!

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