Balancing family life and kids with work

WP Tavern has published a great post about balancing family life, and especially kids, with work and improving your professional skills.

It sounds very familiar! 🙂 I have started to be involved in web development when we were expecting our second child, Noah. 4 years and another little girl (Kato) later, we have 3 children and I am freelancing as a web developer next to a full-time job. We have also just bought a house that needs some serious renovating… Let’s say that time management is essential, I try to use every minute of my day productively. I might write a longer post about this period of my life later… when I’ll have the time! 😉

Two cows in a bath tub

One of these days I was talking with my oldest daughter. Hanna is 5 years old. I had this idea of finding some good jokes, just for fun. Jokes that she would like and understand. I was also wondering if there were any for her age.

I found one about two cows in a bath tub. One asked the other to borrow some soap because he couldn’t get his stains off… 🙂

I liked it. But Hanna, she was laughing outloud and clearly enjoyed it. It was real fun. It made me realize how easy it can be to enjoy yourself.

Why I started a blog

A blog feels like a diary.

I don’t need attention – at least not more than someone else.
I don’t use Twitter much, not even Facebook or any other popular social network.
I don’t have a lot of time.
I am not a writer, I don’t feel the urge to publish my thoughts.

But I like to write songs.

A song is a snapshot, and a little later it is a memory. It is great to think back to that moment in my life while listening to a song or reading its lyrics. It makes me relive that moment.

Writing songs was my diary for a long time. Although it has never become an extensive book or available to others, it was worth it for me. I hope I’ll have the time to write more sometimes in the future. And to record them and put them online.

Like a blog.

In the meantime I just write… text. Thoughts and stories. And I hope I will be reading them in a while and thinking: well, it was worth it.

Reducing my impact

Green Way restaurant

I will join this great event: Days without Meat (“Dagen zonder Vlees”). No meat or fish for 40 days. Well, less… the goal is to reduce our ecological footprint. The days I do not eat meat or fish will be indicated in a calendar. A little green dot stands for a bit less CO2 emission and in the end a smaller ecological footprint. My profile is public, so i’ll do my best… 🙂

I admit that it is not my first time. I did it last year and even the year before I believe. But less consciously. I think I had about 20 days without meat/fish. I go for more this year. 🙂

I am not a big meat lover. We eat almost only chicken. So it should not be that hard to let it go for 40 days. But not eating it at all is different. And what about my breakfast and sandwich? Cheese and other vegetable stuff. Actually, I am looking forward to it. I like that it is not exclusive, you can participate as “much” as you can, every day counts. And it gives me the opportunity to explore other dishes and take the time to cook differently.

I will be reading “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. As a motivation. It has been lying around for a while now. This will be the ideal moment to read it. Reading the reviews makes me curious about how much meat I will be eating after the event…

Oh, I almost forgot, the event has a cool WordPress site, including BuddyPress. And that you get a free meal in Green Way if you join the event. Check out the picture above and hurry! 🙂