When you are “in it” with babies, preschoolers and toddlers… you might be dreaming of a better future.
The future will come…
…it’s going to be a whole-lot better than calming a cranky three-year old
…it’s going to be different than you expect
When our youngest started kindergarten, I had a vision of time coming back into my life, of life slowing down, of my personal trips returning…
Time came back, for a while.
With the shift to year-round athletics for our teen, the time is being allocated back out.
It’s the right thing to do.
I’m grateful for several things:
- I built a life that doesn’t require travel
- I have a low-friction routine for exercise (home gym, indoor trainer, live near hills & forests)
- I didn’t lock up capital in a secondary location (ski place, lake place, any place)
Travel – we get a lot done by being home.
Invert – life can feel unsustainable when one parent is away all the time.
Simplicity – we can hit our self-care minimums at home, or out the front door.
With capital, we tend to focus on money. That’s not the drain.
- Ownership (of anything) is another thing to take care of (share of mind, share of hassle)
- Athletic events are a new category of “things that take family time”
- Share of mind
…the more simple my day-to-day, the easier it is to focus on (family) goals.
Simplicity, in the rest of our lives, hopefully, makes this sustainable for us.