Do you ever feel like there is not enough time in the day to get all of the things done that need to get accomplished? Well that pretty much sums up this past week for me.
You may recall a blog post from what seems like an eternity ago where I pondered returning to the workforce after my youngest son began attending 1st grade. Well, since then some nice folks have begun to pay me to write for them. Although unanticipated, I am loving every second of this freelance gig. I have interviewed people who I would otherwise probably never meet. I have covered fundraisers that in turn, hopefully, made more people aware and involved. I have discovered a passion for photography as well that I never knew existed.
I am also EXTREMELY flattered that someone took notice of my writing and thought enough of it to consider me.
Along with my newfound semi-career comes the newfound realization that there is simply not enough time in the day to accomplish everything. Let me rephrase…there is not enough time in the day to PERFECTLY accomplish all things. I need to accept the fact that all things can get done, just not to the level of perfection that I have grown to expect from myself.
Case in point, I attended a gathering and instead of baking my usual tray of mini-cakes and cookies that I tend to bring along, I stopped and grabbed some store-bought goodies instead. Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but it saved me about three hours in baking and decorating time that enabled me to spend some quality time with the kids instead and write an article to boot.
On another occasion I let the laundry go for three days *GASP* I know, but when you have a family of 6 and kids that somehow manage to wear three outfits a day, this is a big deal. My daughter exclaimed one morning “My white skirt has been in the laundry FOR-EVER.” I quickly took her to the laundry room and gave her a 20 minute demonstration on how to wash her own damn white skirt. Thankyouverymuch.
Maybe that is the key, delegation.
Homemade dinners have sometimes been replaced by Chinese take-out and I have no time to watch my DVR’d shows, but that is what DVR is for, to hold them there until I do have the time. Curb Your Enthusiasm and Weeds can wait.
So anyway, sure I have added a few things to my already hectic schedule of spousal bliss, mothering, chauffering, coaching, volunteering and whatever else I do, but I think I can handle it.
I have likened it to juggling while roller skating. Sure, it can be done, but you may drop a few things along the way, struggle to stay upright and even fall down….and that is ok.
You know, Sarah Jessica Parker made a movie about it. I cannot imagine going to see it, don’t most of us live this every day? Employed or not? Maybe to some it’s an amazing feat, but to the rest of us it’s called Life. Motherhood. Being a wife. Being a friend. And a darn good one at that. And I trust you wouldn’t trade any of it for a batch of homemade cookies…..So what, once in a while Chinese take out is awesome!
I am loving every second of it, well, almost every second.
Love this… Juggling is right! I do feel guilty about too much take out sometimes, but the kids definitely don’t mind. 🙂
btw… i love your response to the “missing white skirt”. Delegation is key!