Friday, April 1, 2016

More Time for Life.. More Time for You


This year, I took a step back from a lot of things. Well, actually it's been a while that I've been trying to cut back on work and blogging commitments to focus on the family and personal growth, but you'd probably have noticed that it's even more so this year. 

And honestly, I do love it.

There is more time to bring Lil Pumpkin to the playgrounds, cook for the family, hold conversations and listen, exercise, read.. and sometimes even just do nothing at all.

My daily schedule doesn't seem any less packed, but it definitely feels much less "rushed", if you understand what I mean. I'm not always racing to tick off an item on my to-do list, and can actually happily relish in the moment I'm in.

I recently read an article about Gurmit Singh leaving the entertainment industry in 2014 to spend time with his family. Actually I don't really watch local TV so didn't realise that he did #oops But he said something about a painful epiphany when he learnt his elder daughter thought of him a “mythical creature” during her growing years. She never knew when he was leaving, or coming home, he explained.

I don't want Lil Pumpkin to ever think of me in such a way, and although I still can't ideally take care of her full-time since I'm still working, at least I'm present more. And knowing that I'm around more for her, and doing more of what I like, makes me feel happier, and more positive.. which rubs off on the people around me I guess.


It feels like a good place that I'm at right now

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19 comments:

Sweetday said...

Great! I agree with you!

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

Ai I am trying very hard to do this also right now, but it's hard when I want to achieve so much. Right now I'm making sure there is NO work on weekends and this means lots of time with my kiddies! x

Jenn-mylilbookworm said...

You know, we all should be glad that we realise it early, not too late. Glad to know you have made this move!

xavvy said...

YAY !!! It's always good to learn from another parent's experience and reflect on what we have been doing all along and that little wake up reminder telling us to slow things down and place our priorities right. =) Happy weekends, Ai !

Susan said...

Great move. I'm also cutting down on blogging and focusing on my family and my health. I'm sure your presence means the world to Lil Pumpkin :) I'm also investing more time in my relationship with my family now, especially Sophie. She's growing up so fast and it will be a matter of time when she has friends to hang out on her own.

Stacy said...

Love the photos!

Do what feels right. What that is may differ for different people, and it might change for the same person, but if it's what you want, then it will be right. All the best.

Bumble Bee Mum said...

I love doing nothing... Though I'm not really doing nothing, I'm usually watching Korean dramas. Hahaha... Btw I feel so inspired by your exercising that I started Zumba classes! Baby steps baby steps...

AhSohSG said...

Putting piorities right. Awesome mom!

Veron Zhen said...

Glad to hear that you are happy with your decision :)
Me too, I am a FTWM, and am trying to cut back on work and spending more time with my boys since the No1 already in P1.

Work is good, I can't imagine not having an income, but balance is key :)

Jolin said...

Well, our priorities changes with time. I'm sure Lil Pumpkin will be so thankful of your decision to spend more time with her.

M said...

Yes, family first! We don't need that many events, because at the end of the day, it's always our family that matters...

Priscilla said...

Hello Ai, it is fantastic that you get to spend alot more time with Lil Pumpkin now. I agree that it is really not easy being a FTWM & many times I have thought of stopping work till Isaac is older just so I do not miss out on his milestones. Ultimately, I decided to continue working because I actually like to go to work. Hence, I try to maintaining a balance by not working after office hours and weekends are dedicated time with the kiddo. Like many who have commented, I fully agree that family always comes first. :)

Mumsand Babies said...

I was working with my first one and when second one came i opted to become SAHM and no regrets at all. I feel whatever decision you make dont feel guilty about it or compare it.

RainbowDiaries Website said...

It is a great decision. I too feel sometimes just leave all the mad rush and chill with my kids and hubby.

mail4rosey said...

It's nice that you're at that place in life. And oh my goodness, she's cute!! Which I already knew, but these pics are great!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Good for you! I have also cut back on a lot of things since the beginning of the year, and I feel so much freer. I know exactly what you mean with this post!

Grace said...

They grow up so quickly, don't they? So important we make time for them. That was one of the big reasons I left my job. It was getting too stressful and I didn't feel I was being a present mum.Things are a lot better now and yes, how great is it to have time to read and exercise!!

mAy said...

I know I'll get there some day. When I finally feel like I should "leave the entertainment industry" :)

alissa apel said...

Family time is so important. That's one thing that's great about homeschooling if people can do it. My kids love school, so I couldn't see pulling them out.