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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Finding the Balance


It is something everyone struggles with.
I've heard it from working moms.
Stay at home moms.
Moms who don't even have kids :)
It's really, really hard.

I've recently taken on a lot of extra duties at work and have struggled more than ever to create a healthy balance of work and family. For the last three weeks I have put in at least two days a week where I worked 12 hours straight.

Even with all the extra hours, I am still behind at work and even more so at home. My house is a mess! And to top it off, I woke up this morning to fleas! Not on me of course but on my cat who sleeps with us. Before I could get to any of the usual Saturday morning chores, I had to brush him, strip the bed, toss out pillows, spray the bed with lysol (not even sure if that was necessary but I am being overly cautious.), give him a dose of tick and flea repellent, and start a load of laundry. All before 8 am- boo!

There just never seems to be enough time to complete a full task. I feel like I take two steps back for every one step forward. I have a running list of to-do's that never seems to get smaller. I usually start crossing things off that I know I'll have to revisit later. This of course is followed by a smug smile because I am so proud of myself for cheating the system. Never mind the fact I will just have to do it later.

Between work and home I just don't feel like I am quite whole in anything I do. I know I'm not the only one who struggles so my question is this:

How do you find a healthy balance in your life?

What do you do to make sure you aren't just being a mom/wife, you are being a good mom/wife?

How do you find the time to clean your house and not live like a total slob?

Because I feel like I haven't had the happiest posts lately, here is something sweet to end with.

My favorite quote is "Happiness is a choice, make it". I'm not sure who originally said it but this is definitely something to live by.

I make a choice every day to be happy and here is some PROOF!


Amy said...

If I figure it out, I'll let ya know! haha! Honestly, I just think about how many people say these years with young kids goes by so fast and I try to live in the moment and take it all in. I know you do the same. We are so blessed...

Lori O said...

I hear ya! I'm trying to figure it out, but I don't think I'm trying very hard. I know I could make cleaning and chores more of a priority, but instead I just want to hang out with Skyler, or write a blog post, or watch a TV show. I can always think of something I'd rather do and so I do it. I get overwhelmed sometimes when I make too many of those choices in a row, because then I'm buried in a messing, non-functional house. But when I look back, my favorite memories are never of a clean and organized house and how happy that makes me. It's all the other things I chose to do instead, and I'd prefer it that way.