Working from home has many, many advantages.
You can work the hours that suit you – which generally mean around school dropoff and pickup times, through the ‘witching hour’ if you are able to avoid it, or you can totally write that time of day off as a lost cause and try not to go mental yourself.
You can start at 5.00a.m. if you want, or work till post-midnight to get stuff done.
It isn’t all fun and games however.
Actually, it’s not fun and games at all. It is very, very important work and the “work whenever you like” isn’t what those who don’t work from home perceive it to be. Stuff still needs to get done, and you do it when you can. Even if that means getting up at 5.00a.m. and working till well past midnight to get it done.
Also, if you work in an office, you get to miss the screaming tantrums and the full on sibling fisticuffs that go on when you are Trying To Complete Something Very Important That Needs Your Undivided Attention.
The other thing you tend to miss out on – and really, it’s the thing I miss the most – is the End Of Year Office Party. Mostly, I just miss the festivity of it all. I don’t miss the sloppy, drunken come ons, and the slutty behaviour from the person you least expect it from.
But I miss the ‘party’ element and the fun that comes with it.
It’s a bit like when you complete a huge goal that’s been stressing you for months and you do a happy dance and there’s no one to celebrate with, and those you first see are generally more interested in In The Night Garden or Adventure Time than your so called achievement.
It can make things feel more than a little lonely and isolating, and can cause a little bit of sadness.
Or is that just me?
I figured that just because we work from home, alone, or even if we’re just at home, alone, not necessarily working or running a business or blogging, or even working out of the home, but still alone, that we can’t get into the merriment and festivity like everyone else.
This afternoon, I raided the Mish Mash Tree for a few remnants of tinsel and took a selfie for my personal Instagram profile – mostly for a bit of fun, and with just an element of “Damnit! I want to have an office merriment, too!”
Of course, then it dawned on me that I was still doing it by myself and figured it’d be way more fun to actually include others in it.
So … following along on the #realmuminthepic concept (which I have been totally slack about of late, sorry!) I figured we’d have our own, virtual Christmas festivities.
What I really, really want you to do is “festive” up, whatever that looks like for you, take a snap and share it wherever you share your pics.
Please tag Real Mums so I can enjoy the moment with you (and tag anyone else you’d like, too!)
I can’t wait for you to #showusyourChristmas