Women and men like to talk about a life/work balance. It seems to be something that everyone thinks someone else has figured out. I’m in other people’s homes a lot because of what I do for a living and I will say I’ve never seen or felt this balance in another person’s life and I’m comforted by this. Work and life get tangled up all the time and there may be moments when you feel on top of it all, but it’s offset (ruined) by those unsettling, peace-shattering moments when everyone needs you all at once.
I read a lot. I have a book podcast and I get to talk to 2 and sometimes 3 authors a week and, as a consequence, I am surrounded by books. I feel like half of my brain is living in alternate book worlds while the other half just thinks and thinks about design whether I want to or not. This is an ideal set up for an introverted nerd like myself, but I’ve noticed that other things in my life have slacked off. I’m not into cooking right now. I used to enjoy cooking, but reading and designing are much more enjoyable to me, so that part of life is on the back burner for now (pun intended). It’s kind of ironic for someone whose bread and butter is thinking about and designing kitchens. I also haven’t binged watched or seen the hot shows like The Crown and Schitt’s Creek, and, I never saw the Tiger King. My clothes are definitely not up to date; given a choice I will spend free hours in an antique mall over a normal shopping mall any day.
The photo above is from Chairish’s Instagram. I’m a big fan of their design podcast – The Chairish Podcast hosted by the fabulous Michael Boodro. Some days I’ll start my day listening to a decorating podcast and end my day with a walk listening to, shocker, a decorating podcast. I am NOT well rounded.
Life is mostly mundane moments with chaos thrown in. Which tells me, enjoy those mundane moments! Here’s a Harvard study about how we undervalue the mundane. I started this post sharing my belief that there’s no such thing as a work/life balance and now I think I’m going to end it with a goal to enjoy my daily, mundane life more.
I’m reading a book of poetry called Goldenrod by Maggie Smith and she excels at highlighting normal moments in a way where you think – This is true and profound and it’s just about walking your dog down the sidewalk with your kids on a hot day. I highly recommend it. If you’re looking for a dark thriller – I loved For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing.
The mundane and the sacred are one and the same.” – Alan Watts.