Day in the Life : Behind the Scenes

Last week was crazy, and I mean that in the best of ways! Lately my life has been full…so full of good and lovely and wonderful things, both in work and in my personal life, and while it’s amazing, it’s also a bit exhausting. Sometimes, as I’m running from task to task, I find myself getting anxious and I lose sight of how incredible this little life of mine is these days. My kids are finally old enough to be much more independent, I’ve started my own business, what used to be a hobby is now my JOB, and I have the flexibility to have the life I’ve dreamed of…and yet I can get stuck in the hectic busy-ness of it all. I know this is just a phase of life, and I won’t always feel this crazed, but it’s easy to get lost in the list of things to do and the little amount of time I have to do it all.

Day in the Life on Instagram with @crazy_bananas

So last Wednesday I looked at my calendar and decided I needed to find something to be grateful for every, single hour. I had a huge day scheduled. It was April Fools Day, I was hosting Tate’s school Easter party, I had my first newborn photo session of the year, and we had both piano and soccer after school. In between I had deadlines and daily work I needed to get done. I was overwhelmed with all of it, but I had an idea that I thought would help.

Day in the Life on Instagram with @crazy_bananas

I’m a huge fan of Instagram, so I decided it would be fun to do a “Day in the Life” series, where I would post a picture every hour of what was happening in my day. I started when I got up in the morning, and went until my head hit the pillow that night. I posted a photo as Tate exchanged plastic eggs with his buddies and as I arranged a sweet baby in a prop for our session. I shared as I helped Lulu with piano and as I edited late at night when the rest of the house was asleep. I wanted to share my day, but this project was also a bit self-serving. You see, I know the arguments against sharing photos of the “good stuff” on social media. I get it. It’s not realistic to think that every great photo of a beautiful kid smiling in the sunshine is indicative of someone’s entire life. Of course there are bad moments and tantrums in the grocery store. But I decided a while ago to try and focus on the good things in my life, and posting about those happy moments on social media (especially in photos) helps me cultivate gratitude and joy. So, for me, sharing the good moments doesn’t feel inauthentic. It feels like an act of thankfulness.

Day in the Life on Instagram with @crazy_bananas

I shared my day on Instagram under the hashtag #dayinthelifeofmeg, and found the whole experience to be uplifting. It helped me take a crazy day and turn it into a series of beautiful moments. There is a lot of calm amidst the crazy! I also loved being able to share a bit of what my life looks like as a work-at-home mom and freelancer. I think there is a misconception that freelancers spend most of their time in coffee shops, leisurely writing their memoirs or something…and that couldn’t be further from the truth in my case! I work very hard so that I can be flexible and be with my family when they need me. It’s certainly not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

Freelance Life : An Update

Megan Freelance Life web text

It’s been a little over two months since I left my corporate world to join the freelance universe, and I figured it might be a good time for a little update. The transition to full-time freelancer has been fairly smooth, all things considered. I think I’d been freelancing on the side for such a long time, it was actually a relief to be able to take it on more seriously. I know I am lucky, because we have my husband’s good salary to support us, but at the same time, he has been able to build his business because I spent years supporting us while he was starting up, so it’s not all luck. I’d say going for it included a mix of good fortune, hard work, sweat and laughter, because this life is so silly, you have to laugh sometimes.

My biggest struggle has been balancing work and my kids, which is obviously very unique and has never been discussed on the internet before! (I hope the sarcasm was inherent in that statement, but if not, here’s a clue…) Lucy is in third grade, so she’s in school five days a week from 8:10 until 3:10. Tate is in preschool, and goes three days a week from 9:00 until 2:30. This means I have 15 hours per week kid-free. Squeezing everything in during those 15 hours is so very challenging. And that’s not taking in to account my other obligations, like volunteering at school, running our household, service work and watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix! Also, there have been many (many) weeks where there are government holidays or in-service days so the kids don’t have school. Yesterday was Tate’s last day of school for two weeks due to Spring Break, and today is Lucy’s last day for 10 days. Deadlines don’t seem to realize that it’s Spring Break, the party poopers, so that is something I have to deal with and work to overcome.

Now, I’m going to be real about this…it’s hard. But it’s temporary. And really, it’s not that big of a deal. One thing I’ve learned is I like working as a freelancer because I control the amount of drama in my own head. When I was in an office, I had a hard time staying out of the fracas when there was drama or issues, and I found myself constantly stressed out. I think since I’m working alone in my own space, even if it’s on a project with a team of people, I’m better able to keep that drama at bay. So the stress levels are lower, even though I’m probably working harder than ever. Also, I’m doing work I love! The work fulfills me creatively, so when I look at my to-do list and feel overwhelmed, I look again and actually READ the items on said list. And you know what? I have a really fun job! I immediately feel better when I look at things from that perspective.


So, that’s where I am, 60 days into this crazy new adventure. Yes, there are days when I work at IKEA (see photo on the right) because they have child care and free wifi. Yes, I am that lady at the gym who drops the kids off in the play area and then sets up my laptop in the cafe to work. Sure, I have to trust the Power Rangers to distract my kids long enough so I can send an email or jump on a quick conference call. But for the most part, it’s amazing. I’m learning new tricks every day. My biggest one? From 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., I do my best not to work. That’s family time, and the whole reason I am doing this is so I can be there more for my kids. So from when I pick them up from school to when they are tucked in bed, I am all theirs. Sure, I hire a babysitter once or twice a week for evening photoshoots, but if I’m with my kids, I don’t want to be on my phone or obsessively checking emails. Am I perfect at this? Hahahahaha. No. But I’m trying my best and I’m aware, which is a huge part of the battle. And I think, at least for now, I’m on the winning team.

The Crazy Bananas Creative Studio Newsletter!


Hey friends, I have fun news! Today I launched the first official Crazy Bananas Creative Studio Newsletter! This newsletter is another way for me to communicate and share with clients and friends of Crazy Bananas. I know many readers don’t have the time to check a daily blog, and I wanted to offer another way to check in and also get some rad, exclusive discounts from the studio and its partners. If you’re interested in joining in, please go here and fill out the subscribe form. I’d love to have you!

Elsewhere : Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I have an exciting announcement to share! I am now a contributing blogger for {Hive-Workshops}! {Hive} is based in Kansas City and offers small business classes for creative professionals. I am so thrilled to be a part of the {Hive} team and to be able to share and learn from their network of incredible teachers.


My first post is up on the {Hive} blog, and it’s all about that dirty, little beast, comparison. I’ve fallen victim to the comparison bug so many times, and I think it’s inevitable that all creatives have to deal with it at one time or another.

I suppose comparison is inevitable in the world of artists. While we all strive to be original, to become more skilled at our craft, we often look to other professionals we admire. Slowly, and sometimes unbeknownst to us, our heroes techniques and aesthetics can start to slip into our own. If we aren’t careful, we can lose ourselves. Comparison robs us of the ability to enjoy our lives and our work!

Read more over on the {Hive} blog!

The Weekly Glimpse : February 5, 2015

I Love You Cookie

It’s been one of those weeks, you guys. My kids have been off school a few days recently, and I’m still figuring out how to schedule my new business and work with my life. Last week it was 70 degrees and sunny…

Tate Hike 3

But this week it’s been freezing and snowy. I think it’s giving us all whiplash.

Tate Snow

This past weekend I had a bought of what I can only call depression. I felt like getting out of my PJs was an insurmountable task, and I was on the brink of tears all day long. The weather doesn’t usually affect me like that, but I think the back and forth is harder than the long winters I’m used to. Today the snow is melting and the sun is out, and I’m feeling much better.

Tate Nap Lulu Guitar

Tate Foos 2

I spent most of January starting up my business and handling the back end of things, but February is for learning. And loving, of course. I’m immersing myself in new photography techniques, classes and tutorials, along with writing, writing, writing…and writing some more. My days are hectic and wild, but I’m still feeling as full of joy as I was a month ago, so I must be doing something right.

Cars in the Kitchen

Tate Naps

I hope we all have a restful weekend to recharge and fill up our tanks! Next week I have some fun news to share, and it will be nuts again. But a little good-crazy is what makes my heart go pitter patter!

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