As life often gets busy for us all, seeing our friends and family may occur less and less. When we do get together, whether that’s for coffee or a meal, it’s great to talk about what’s new in our lives.
As I was talking to a friend the other day, she asked me how life was going. I replied, “Good! Really good!” When I thought about it a little more, a better explanation would be “hard” and “good”.
Trying to balance life is always a struggle.
Let me count some of the things that I am juggling these days:
- a full time job
- a part time job
- being a present and caring mom
- being a present and loving wife
- church, reading good books, devotions, praying
- hanging out with family and friends
- maintaining a good diet (80/20)
- working out
- having an online presence as an author
I know that many of you have similar and crazy lives, whether you have a job title or you swap that for being a stay-at-home mom with home schooling to boot. Life can get crazy!
But when I think about it, all these things in my life are so good! I am joyful and filled to the brim!
There are also days that I feel completely overwhelmed, like I am running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. I’m sure it’s a pretty sight! 😉
To try and think about it all is not something that is possible. I don’t have to feel guilty about that either, but that is something that I have been working on for a long time.
I like working hard and being busy. This is the type of person I am. We all have a different capacity so this blog is not me trying to compare my life with anyone else’s life or schedule.
All I know are two things.
- If I don’t wake up and start the day talking with my Heavenly Father, and continue that conversation throughout the day, I will feel a lot more drained and stressed out.
- Life can be hard and good at the same time! There is nothing wrong with that.
Balls are going to drop, especially if you’ve thrown ten in the air. I have not mastered the art of balancing life just right and truth be told, I don’t know if I ever will. But I am learning to let that go, and put certain priorities into view.
Everyday I try to ask myself, “Has it been awhile since I’ve done _______? Then I need to make some time for it by penciling it into my schedule.”
Some days (as I know so many moms and dads out there go through) the moment I come home from work, I get the kids ready and off we go to some sort of activity. Can I spend an hour making a healthy dinner on those days? No. Am I going to feel overwhelmed with guilt as I pull up to a fast food joint? Not anymore! (Thankfully there are a lot more healthy fast food places these days than there used to be)
The point is, everyday, we simply do what we can. The rest we need to be okay with not doing or completing. Life is too busy to live in constant stress!
I love my life, and it is both hard and good!