Finding Balance

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It’s been about six weeks since my last post. As usual, I’ve had tons of tabs open with great intentions of posting links with blurbs, and then every so often I go through and close them because whatever had felt so urgent had passed. Mostly it’s been a busy few weeks.

My teaching semester wrapped up at the end of May, and since then I’ve been juggling parenting with writing, research, and various other things. We had a friend visit and have about 5 more short visits coming up in July and August — along with two trips of our own. One of my son’s programs wraps up at the end of this month and the other at the end of July. He has August off, and then we make the switch to preschool.

Given all of the planning and logistics, I’ve been fairly pleased with my steady writing pace, but I wish I could double it. The hardest thing has been trying to compartmentalize the daily barrage of headlines and hot takes and all of the emotion that goes along with them while simultaneously managing the quotidien ups and downs of parenting. Somehow we continue.

I’ve been trying to take better care of myself by journaling, adjusting priorities as needed, exercising, drinking more water, and getting outside whenever possible. My most effective way of coping with chaos has been to get offline, get outside, walk around, and take photos. Here are a few photos from the past few weeks in the hopes that they’re calming and centering for you, too.

After a particularly rough morning, I escaped to my favorite place in the world for my morning of work. Cappuccino, croissant, journal, iPad, and a view…

 

I took a day trip to Bern and snapped this picture from the train. The vineyards are a few minutes outside of Lausanne.

 

When a friend came to visit, we went for a hike on Les Pléiades. The narcissus flowers were in bloom, and there were thousands of them covering the mountain. From a distance it looked like snow, but the scent was unmistakable.

 

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