The sun is shining.

I have a card table in front of my office window, and I have an extra chair here. I’m going to take a photo in a moment, and I’m tempted to tidy up, but this is real life: the piles, the notebooks, the clutter that collects.

I haven’t worked at my desk much lately. It’s spring break, and I want to be near the girls, so I’ve set myself up in the living room, or at the kitchen table. I’ve been sitting out front while they scooter around the cul-de-sac, or on the back deck while they’ve played in the ravine.

The sounds of their laughter, happy shouts, and (sometimes) bickering is the soundtrack of my week.

This afternoon, my husband is off work. He’s in charge, and even though I’m in my office, I’ve chosen this seat by the window, in the sunshine.

My soundtrack: my favorite Pandora channels, on shuffle.

Despite my efforts to pace myself, I am sprinting ahead in life and business, lately — ironically, in the push to get more done, I’ve left my running shoes untouched.

I want to find that elusive balance of just-enough work and just-enough time to take care of myself and my family.

I want more moments like this one: peaceful music, the warmth of the sun, and a few minutes to write and reflect.

Tell me something! Where are you sitting this afternoon? What is your soundtrack? What moments are you enjoying? What elusive balance are you seeking? What balance have you found; where did you find it?