How I Spend My Days

If you read my bio, you know I am a stay at home mom of 3 and a wife. I am a domestic goddess. Let me clarify. I am domestic during the day and a goddess at night. And sometimes a goddess in the wee hours of the morning too. But those details are top secret. LOL

I certainly don’t feel like a goddess during the day because I almost never put on makeup, fix my hair or put on anything other than workout pants and a comfortable ratty T-shirt that I don’t mind getting paint splatters on. Most of the pictures of me on Facebook and Instagram that you have seen me post lately were taken by a professional photographer; after I had my hair and makeup professionally done. Believe me, I don’t sit around on my fancy Ikea couch looking glamorous every day.

Weekday mornings:

  1. Kids fed and off to school: I wake them up after I have consumed at least one cup of coffee, which my husband brings to me in bed. He has been bringing me coffee in bed for the past 20 years. I am kind of spoiled. I drink my coffee while wearing my pink silky Goodwill gown that my husband hates. (Eventually, I am going to buy some truly nice pajamas so he doesn’t have to look at this particular gown anymore.) After my coffee, I go downstairs to assess the troops. Sometimes I make them breakfast, sometimes they make their own. I try to engage them in conversation but I am in constant competition with the TV, youTube, SnapChat, Instagram and Tic Toc. Once I make them all speak to me, I send everyone off with kisses, hugs and with a deeply sincere I love you.
  2. Dishes: The dishwasher is run at least 2 or 3 times a day at my house because eating is non-stop with 3 kids so cooking is non stop too. I cannot stand to work with a dirty or cluttered kitchen. The kitchen/dining room is my office. Everything must be wiped down and cleared away before I can even think of working on my business or painting.
  3. Sweeping: this is a daily requirement in my house. I have a German Shepard/Lab mix and her hair is everywhere. Her name is Maggie and we adore her but she sheds profusely. When I am cleaning she follows me everywhere I go. She especially loves to follow me when I am sweeping and this can be frustrating since she doesn’t quite understand what I am doing or why she is supposed to leave me alone and get out of the way.
  4. Laundry: The washing machine is run at least twice a day in my house. My youngest son loves doing laundry so if he isn’t doing laundry then I am.
  5.  Straightening the kid's rooms: I don’t clean their rooms but I will go in and collect dirty clothes and throw away garbage that didn’t make it into their garbage can and I might make their bed depending on what kind of mood I am in. I figure they are at school, which is like a job, and I want them to feel comfortable in their surroundings once they get home. Plus they have enough on their plate so I figure however I can make their life easier, I am happy to do it.
  6. Food prep: On some days you might find me putting together the evening meal ahead of time. I like to get dinner made and out of the way. Maggie likes to come in the kitchen while I cook hoping for a bite of something I might drop on the floor. Today she was lucky enough to get a small bite of bread pudding, which I am ashamed to say, fell out of my mouth. Yes, I was standing eating it out of the pan in the kitchen. I only wanted a bite or two.
  7. Working Out: I try to do this at least 4 or 5 times a week. I used to be the most motivated person in the world to workout but this past year has been a struggle for me. I’m not sure if I will ever get my mojo back. I always feel better about myself and the entire day if I manage to work out.
  8. Marketing: After all of my mommy stuff is complete then I sit down to market my website. Artstorefronts provides me with daily instruction on how to market my site. The goal is to complete the tasks they assign me each day. Through consistency, I will hopefully reach more people. Once you get to know me and like me, you might decide to buy a painting from me. That would be really cool for me and for you. Maggie finds this part very boring so she will usually retire to her dog bed or go to sleep by the front door.

  1. Painting:  Once the marketing is out of the way, I can then spend the rest of my afternoon painting. This is my favorite part of the day. My studio, a.k.a. my garage is where most of the painting happens. Last week I finished a painting of the Nativity for Christmas and I am now working on a small abstract painting. I asked my husband to give me his opinion of it today and he said, “Start over.” LOL, I was thinking the same thing.

  1. Pick up kids: Sometimes I have to pick the kids up from school and sometimes they take the bus. I prefer they take the bus that way I have more time to paint before the family gets home.

  1.  My evenings are spent making dinner if it hasn’t already been made that morning, eating dinner with my family and then settling in for the night. I don’t usually paint on the weeknights, only if I’m under a deadline. Since it is Christmas, we are reading Christmas Carol by Dickens and also an Advent book while we have hot chocolate and Christmas cookies by candlelight. It’s a bit of a sweet life.