March 31, 2015 |  Category:   life



Spring is in the air, in more ways than just the weather. There have been some extraordinary developments, both positive and negative, in the last week that has me wondering how much a person can process in such a short amount of time. It’s amazing to see the human psyche at work; for example, I suppose our brains shut down in denial after trauma to protect our bodies and our hearts from initial shock. It’s only after some time has passed that the emotions truly manifest themselves.


At least that’s my theory this week.
I’ve also been thinking recently about the role models we become for our children. I can’t say for certain that we’re setting the best examples in all areas, however, I can assume that we’re teaching the kids what a good work ethic is. But I don’t want them to grow up with the idea that work is everything in life either, and maybe we’re coming up short here. While hard work and the ability to support yourself and your family is important, I want them to see that it’s equally important to pursue enough paths that bring you joy in life, even if that sometimes means sacrificing what appears to be the more responsible path.
More fun in life. That’s the plan. It might sometimes be a struggle to get there because work and business calls, but there’s something to be said about recognizing burnout and doing something about it.
In a week I hope to show you photos from tulip fields. Happy Easter, my friends.

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  • Louise March 31, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    After a hectic semester of school and work, this is my motto right now. Thanks for posting

  • susan March 31, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Lately, I’ve been thinking that I should have had more fun in high school instead of worrying about my portfolio and getting into college. I drifted by myself, alone in my worries, struggling with school and life drawing classes. (One art teacher had said, if you can draw the human body well, you can become that great artist.”) Not sure if that’s so true now. From my past experiences, I think that being happy is the most important thing. The happiness can come from hard work or just being carefree. Hope you have a happy Easter. Its April here soon!

    • Jenna March 31, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      susan, that’s interesting because I too was waaay focused in high school, my portfolio and getting into college. But then when I got to art school, I no longer cared so much about school and did try to have fun. I think about those times when there were no responsibilities and life seemed so carefree. I wonder if i can get a little of that person back, you know?

      • Susan April 1, 2015 at 12:28 am

        For me, it continued…from art high school to design college. I was faced with challenges and feelings I was not good enough. Work study and going to school in the city was tough, carrying heavy art supplies. I enjoyed it but it was stressful. Then 30s is where I found myself more stable and tried to have fun. It will get better, you know like when we wind down for retirement and stuff. it’s like a roller coaster ~~~

  • ombia April 2, 2015 at 1:18 am

    After starting a new job this month, dealing with death of a dearest pet and being ill at the same time I have to say thank you for this posting. Have a nice day.

  • lulu April 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Happy Easter to you guys too!

  • Janine April 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Oh you’ve made me feel bad that we are not showing our kids a good work ethic. Its 1pm and I’ve just had a bath after a morning of tea in bed and the internet!! But it is Sunday;)

  • Dee April 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Can I still say Happy Easter? Guess I just did. I see this issue of overworking, but actually with my mom. She’s gearing up for retirement and I don’t know if she’s fearful about that or what, but my brother and I notice that she just doesn’t seem to be enjoying her life as much as she once did (travel, time spent with friends, etc).

    As for me, my husband and I are usually just so exhausted at the end of the day and on weekends (we are both in school in addition to work) that it can be hard to find the energy for anything else. I dunno, I hope the kids see us having a good time. I should ask them.