The Newlywed Chronicles – Finding the Perfect Work/Life/Love Balance

Shortly after Jeff and I said, “I do,” I left my full-time journalism position and started a new career in corporate communications. I’m earning a higher salary and I have a more stable schedule, which are both big wins. However, I quickly filled up my newfound free time with more freelance writing projects and volunteering. They say an idle mind is a devil’s playground, but it’s possible I went overboard.

In my quest for world domination to establish my brand as a freelance writer/blogger and pursue my passion of mentoring young girls, I feel like I may have been slacking in the “wife” department. While I don’t currently have any aspirations of becoming a housewife or stay-at-home mom (not that there’s anything wrong with that–to each her own, it’s just not for me), I don’t want to become an absentee partner either.

A quick glance at my weekly schedule is evidence that I may have taken on too much. Between volunteering (with three different organizations), freelancing (for several publications) and working on my fitness (two-three nights a week), Date Night had all but disappeared from my Gmail calendar.

If I’m “too busy” as a newlywed, exactly what can I expect to happen when we eventually have children? While parenting is still a ways off in the future, I don’t want to get into the habit of putting work before our family. To Jeff’s credit, he’s extremely patient and supportive. He baked cupcakes for my Girl Scouts troop when I was on deadline for an article and he’s the one who usually cooks dinner because 1) he gets home before I do and 2) he’s better at it than me (although I’m learning, I swear!).

My point is is I couldn’t have asked for a more caring, understanding and encouraging partner. But I don’t ever want him to feel like I’m take him for granted or like he’s just another item on my ever growing checklist.

To read the full post, visit BlackBridalBliss.com.

Advertisements

One thought on “The Newlywed Chronicles – Finding the Perfect Work/Life/Love Balance

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s