“Ree, can you meet me at Starbucks and bring the blue cooler?”
“Mom, I forgot my iPad. Can you bring it to my school?”
“Mrs. Grant, this is the school nurse. Your son, Alex, isn’t feeling well. You can pick him up from the front office.”
“Elder Ree, do you have a few minutes to talk? I need prayer.”
“Mom, I need lunch money. Can you put some money on my lunch account?”
I work from home, and this is my life. In addition to working at least 40 hours each week for my employer, I’m bombarded with requests every day from my husband, children, church members, and others. While the interruptions are frustrating, I’m appreciative to the Lord for blessing me with a job in which I work from home. Trying to make the people in my life understand that “I’m at work” has been tiresome to say the least.
There’s no such thing as work-life balance when you work from home. You just learn to deal with the interruptions and distractions. Now, some of you other work-from-home moms may have figured out how to balance it all, but I haven’t. I’ve been working from home since November 2010, and my family and friends still refuse to believe I have a “real job.” I think people picture me sitting in the living room, watching television, and eating Bon Bon’s when, in reality, my workday consists of dealing with irate customers, overworked colleagues, and impatient bosses.
Although I haven’t figured out exactly how to balance my crazy life, I have learned to deal with the work-home life. Learning to navigate the work-home dynamic has been interesting, and I’ve learned quite a bit over the past eight years.
Colossians 3:23-24, “and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
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