Finding Balance=Making Time for Fun!

by Jessika Hepburn, O Happy Day Handmade

There are days so beautiful that you just have to get away from it all, play hooky, take a mental health day, and run away to the beach! Yesterday was one of those sweltering East Coast summer days and even though I couldn’t see my desk underneath all the need-to-do’s we packed the kids in the car and headed for the surf.

I have been working late for the last month. I come home from work and work. I wake up and work. I have not been a present or focused parent or partner. That is what comes from starting a new project and we were all prepared for the transition. But May and June came and went without a trip to the beach and I realized half-way through July that our youngest daughter had never been swimming!

Gritty sandwiches, pounding waves, and ladybugs running wild, skinny legs and all, was in order. Ila (my 5 year old) fell into bed last night exhausted and sandy way past her bedtime. Her sleepy, “Thank you mama for a great day! I love you, you’re the best” was all the proof I needed that sometimes running away from it all is the only work that needs to get done.

When I woke up this morning I was filled with ideas for an upcoming beach themed window display at Nurtured, some new summer items for my store, and posts for OMHG. See, I was working after all; )

So be reckless and irresponsible (responsibly of course) throw your schedule to the wind, turn off the phone, leave the laptop at home and make time for fun. You’ll be glad you did!


  1. April says:

    I’m all for mandated hooky days – it would be great if we could have 6 per year or something like that, when you can just not show up for your commitments and your excuse can just be “nice day” and no one will question your sanity or be mad that the store was closed that day.

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