Finding balance with Thuy Bui
A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about how I schedule my work week and how I get it all done as a stay at home mom of a toddler and business owner of a growing, thriving business. The response was overwhelming, and I quickly realized how many of you needed guidance for creating your own schedule and finding balance between work and life. I realized that we all want a glimpse of how others are making it work so we can better structure our own lives.
Because of this, I was inspired to start this series featuring other busy moms and business owners sharing how they manage their schedules and work towards work/life balance. My hope in everything I do is that we can make our lives less busy and more intentional so that we find more room for joy. I hope that this series will inspire you in your own life and help you find just the right combination of work and play so you can make it happen too.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business or work
Hi, I'm Thuy Bui and I am the mom and blogger behind Hey Thuy, a creative lifestyle and DIY blog. I work a full time job in Healthcare Administration during the day and in the evening, I work on my website, Hey Thuy curating DIY projects, blog post, and various collaboration with different brands and other creatives.
What time does your typical day start?
My typical day starts at 6:00 AM.
Take us through your typical day.
Since I have a job outside the home, my daily responsibilities vary from day to day. It will consist of responding to emails for Hey Thuy, getting the kids fed and ready for school then I head to my full time job. After work, is normally homework time, baths, and bedtime. After the boys are asleep, I login into my computer to respond to emails, draft blog content, and any other projects I have doing on during that time.
What do you wish you had more time for?
I wish I had more time to read. I enjoying reading all types of books and I seem to always start but hardly ever get to finish.
What is one thing you always make time for?
The one thing I always make time for is for my family. They come first before my business and I try to intentional and create as much white space on my schedule as I can to truly be living in the moment.
How do you manage your schedule?
I recently hired an assistant and it was the best decision I made. We use shared google calendar where we place upcoming blog post, brainstorm session, and photo sessions. I also use an old fashion planner to keep all my personal and work appointments.
How do you find the balance between work and home?
I don't really know if I have ever really found a balance between work and home but I try to keep my to do list small and complete my list on a daily basis. It makes me much more productive and things actually get done.
What brings you joy in your day to day life?
What truly beings me job in this type of creative business and the amazing support and friends I have made along the way. I truly love connecting with others in the business and cheering them on!
Tell us one thing that you have learned about managing a busy life.
I think one thing that I have learned about managing a busy life is truly giving myself grace. Life is hard and I know that I can't always do all things, all the time and that is ok.
What is one piece of advice you would give readers about managing their own schedule?
I think the best advice I could to others to manage their own schedule is to be consistent and always set a side a day to plan for your week.
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If you are interested in contributing to this series, or know of someone you would like to see featured, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!