Fighting the Burn-Out

I am currently so overwhelmed with everything that I am doing.  I am a full-time wife and mother, which I absolutely adore being!  I am also a hard-working artist.  What does my week look like?  Monday:  I am home with my baby (doing whatever we do…).  Monday nights we all head out for Young Life.  This is seriously one of the best nights of my week!  Tuesday:  In the morning I am in the studio while Andrew is home with Noah.  I get home for lunch and then we switch.  Wednesday:  Mommy and baby.  Thursday:  Studio time in the morning once again.  Friday:  Mommy and baby.  Saturday and Sunday:  Mommy and Baby and sometimes all three of us.  Sometimes these days are a free-for-all, sometimes we are all three home, sometimes we are working, etc.  In-between playtime, feeding Noah, naps, walks, cleaning, cooking and outings, I am left with little time for the list of things I want to get done.

Noah naps twice a day.  Once in the morning for a shorter nap ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.  Then he goes down again around 2 for a long nap of two to three hours.  The morning nap tends to be my “me” time.  I try to enjoy a cup of coffee with my breakfast while I spend some time in my Bible and devotions.  After that, depending on how nap time is going, I get a shower and get dressed for the day.  When Noah is awake I make a conscious effort to not work on the computer or be on my phone.  I want to spend my time with him, even if that means he is rolling around on my warm clean laundry while I am folding and giggling as he knocks over my piles!  I try to soak in the time with him.  The afternoon nap is when I try to be the most productive:  cleaning, prepping for dinner, catching up on e-mails, keeping in touch with customers about their custom orders, blogging, keeping my Etsy site up to date, working on my website, planning my studio days for Tuesday and Thursday, making baby food, and anything else on my list.  Sometimes I end up napping, which is rare, but a much-needed time to feel reenergized and to actually let myself rest.  I often wonder where in the world the time is going and when I think about my day I often end up thinking, What in the world did I get done today?

When I am in the studio, I am trying to work non-stop and get as much done as possible because my window of time is short.  I am working on commissions and building up my product list for my spring show in April.  The clock is ticking and I have a ton to get done between now and then!  I am richly blessed by my husband, Andrew, who is home with Noah.  He is an amazing support to me and and incredible husband and father!

To be honest,  a lot of the time I am trying to avoid feeling burned-out.  What do I do to keep me from feeling that?  Spending time with the Lord is key.  Praying.  Reading my Bible.  It fuels me and encourages me.  It reminds me that God has a plan for me and He is with me through thick and thin.  Playing with Noah gives me tons of joy.  I can’t stop kissing those cheeks and making him smile.  Downtime with my husband is a must!  I love our work, but we need time just as a family and just as husband and wife.  An afternoon cup of tea curled up under a blanket with a good book is incredible as well, once in a while.  Chatting with my parents and skyping with family is always wonderful.  That is what keeps me from feeling burned-out.

If you read this whole post and stuck with me, thank you!  That is a great encouragement to me:  knowing that I have fans of my work and that I can share about my life and family as well.  I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and great week ahead of you.  I will be posting soon about my spring show and details to follow!


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  • Michele Prince

    Though it wasn’t about pottery specifially this time (which I love, too), I think this is my favorite post of yours. It gives everyone a glimpse into who you are. You happen to be one of my favorite people in the whole world! Love you.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Mom! 🙂 I was wanting to post today, but this was all that was on my mind.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    From my own experience, it doesn’t get easier, you just adapt. I love that you are soaking in the love of Andrew, Noah, your family, and especially God. You really do have it all together. Some days it just feels like you forgot where you put it! Love to you and yours.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Monique. That is true, “…some days it just feels like you forgot where you put it.”ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Carol

    i remember wondering where my days went when the kids were babies and why I was still folding laundry at 9:00 at night! Keep cherishing your time with Noah and Andrew, as your family grows you will discover your juggling skills will only improve 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Aunt Carol! Folding laundry later at night…yes! I am doing that. Thanks for following and leaving a comment. It is a nice encouragement to me!

  • you’re not alone. every working mommy goes thru feeling that way, and it will go away and come back again. just know you can’t do it all…. you have family and friends who are there if you need a break, and you will. but just do what you can with work and home and be proud of it. some things have to be let go, like dishes, laundry, or sometimes work has to slow down for you to catch your breath. But you’re doing wonderful because you are thankful and appreciative of what you have and you cherish it. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Meghan! That is encouraging to hear from another working Mom. I think you have an even harder schedule than I do! I love keeping up with your sweet family through your blog. It makes me feel like I know you!ReplyCancel

      • Thanks, Arryn. I thought of you when Avery so gracefully dropped his ceramic penguin-bank on the floor and it smashed into a zillion pieces. Kids!ReplyCancel

  • Laura a

    Thanks for the reminder to stay active in Gods word! Your days sound full yet fun 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sydney

    Hi Arryn, thanks for sharing this with your readers. It was a great window into your real life. I can identify with the need to constantly fight the burnout, and the ways that you deal with it are inspirational. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Thanks Sydney. I appreciate your comments and keeping up with my work. Pretty crazy how quickly the “burnout” feeling and creep on in!ReplyCancel

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