I love being an Ultimate mom.
Now before you get all up in my grill, thinking I’m overly confident in my parenting abilities, you know what I mean, right? Ultimate frisbee?
I spent the best Mother’s Day in recent memory, huddled up on the sidelines of the Maple Plain Polo Fields at the Hopkins Hustle, a Minnesota high school Ultimate invitational. It was cold, drizzly and completely awesome. I was there with my daughter, hubby and other parents who I really like and we basked in the glory of watching our sons and daughters play.
I realized how rare it is that I ditch work for the weekend and just live my life. I think this is something I need to work on. I know other self-employed women who think like me: I have an extra hour and I could do this.
You know how at the end of people’s lives, they ask them what they regret doing and they say, “Working as much as I did”? I don’t want to be that person. I’m sure no one wants to be that person, but the way things are set up, money is required to live. And therein lies the rub.
So this week, here’s what I’m catching up on:
1. My son’s high school yearbook. I am the unofficial yearbook advisor for his school and this year, the team did a great job of doing all of the layout themselves. I simply came in yesterday and cleaned up the files and got them ready for print. I need to be more involved next year in teaching layout and design. That’s one way I can get out of the office more.
2. The summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. I’m halfway through the initial design of the issue. Did you catch our Spring issue? If not, check it out here! I have to admit, working on print projects makes me insanely happy. It reminds me of the thing that I have a great deal of competency in: layout and design. Working on a magazine is a lot like working on a puzzle. You have to fit everything in the right place and it’s supposed to look good and communicate something. Plus, the bonus for me? It’s a magazine about scrapbooking. #boom
3. A new/old class for CZ Classes. I am re-tooling a class called 10 Tips for Better Type. All of the content is done, but the video tutorials need recording and the handouts need making. I’m slating this stuff for the end of the week. It’s funny, but there are days when you cannot record a video tutorial to save your life. I’ve thought about creating a bloopers reel, but the only word you would be hearing starts with an “f” and rhymes with duck. What can I say? Making online scrapbook classes is hard core stuff, people.
4. A new CZ Classes site. I’m working with a woman right now to build a new site to house my classes. It won’t look all that different from my present site, but it will have better functionality. I hope.
5. Trying to be a responsible adult, a caring mate, a mother who does what is needed and someone who is eating well and exercising. You know, no big whoop.
6. Oh, and creating stellar blog content to keep people coming back for more. I swear that on every Sunday afternoon, I’m pretty certain I’ve reached the end of the idea pool. So far, it hasn’t completely happened. Fingers crossed.