It’s Weekly Winners day today… but I got nuffin’…. nuffin’. Not even a photo of the ducklings. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
It’s not that this past week has been crazy busy or anything. I mean it has been busy, what with extra school visits and catching up with friends and going to the land of fast internet and free babysitting (aka my parent’s place). We also spent lots of time outside in the garden, and I’ve been plugging away at some design jobs I have on, and writing for a couple of other blogs. So yes, it’s been busy, but not crazy busy.
Not busy enough to make my head spin, or make me loose the plot entirely, or make me forget to pick up the camera… except I did… forget the camera that is.
It’s just that it’s tricky.
It’s tricky trying to balance everything and not stuff it all up.
It seems that I can’t be on top of everything all the time. If I am kicking goals in the parenting department and blogging amazing stuff then I am letting the team down on my design projects and the house is a shambles… and any and all combinations of the above. None of that is really surprising, what is surprising is that I haven’t figure out a way forward until now.
If I can’t juggle all the balls I have then I probably need to put one down, yes?
Seems so simple when you put it that way… but life is a little more… um.. tricky!
It’s not like I can ditch the parenting thing, nor the cooking thing and I am only doing the bare minimum of cleaning as it is. Plus I actually like those jobs – ok so the kids drive me nuts sometimes and laundry is my enemy, but I confess to being quite proud of the fact that I am able to stay home and parent my kids and manage our household. So getting rid of that stuff is definitely out.
Then comes the other stuff… blogging and designing. I’m not ditching those either. That stuff is important to me… it is about me being me, not me being a mother or a wife or a cook.
So I could just ditch sleep…. yeah that’d work. Or not.
Actually I have a few other ideas up my sleeve to try before I stop sleeping…. and that may mean a few changes around here, hopefully for the better! So please bare with me while I figure out this tricky stuff and do yell out and tell me if I’m boring you to tears or anything like that.
Promise I’ll fill this space with photos next week!
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Just so you know…
I struggle with the juggling act too :/
Totally with you on the juggling. Skimping on sleep uually wins out here, so am interested to know what you’ll be dropping?
I wouldn’t stress about it. It just happens. Do what you can do. That’s all anyone can do.
I find that I set unrealistic expectations and then I’m stressing that I might disappoint someone else’s expectations. It’s just nuts on the crazy-train sometimes!
Then I get interested in something and end up staying up until 2 am playing with coding on my blog… no clue what I’m doing, but just interested and wanting to learn. What to do?!
Take care. Relax.
If you can’t juggle all your balls… can you make them smaller?
I think you are too hard on yourself and what I think are self imposed restrictions… whose to say you have to post a photo today, just because it is Sunday? I say go with the flow and post whatever you want, when you want! Its your blog after all!
I have long maintained that 24 hours are simply not enough for one day! lol
As for the juggling – I trained my children to chase after the balls when I drop them. Makes it more like a game and less like I’m stuffing up ;-)
I havent got any advice, but I will put away my tv remote and not poke you for awhile ;)
Your life sounds hectic, but take away a single one of those elements, and life wouldnt be the same would it? Hope it calms down a bit for you :)
if you do manage to figure out how to keep lots of balls in the air do be kind and share it with some of us other ball droppers would you? :)
It’s like I wrote this myself!
I’m juggling too – and wish that I could survive on less sleep! I don’t want to let anything else go either.
I came over from planning with kids – great post! I am on the verge of starting to work (non parenting…) again in 2010 and struggle enough with juggling all my current balls and meeting everyone’s needs. When i have tried in the past to start something up for myself i always see my home or husband suffer. The only friends I have that juggle it all well are those that sacrifice sleep (getting by on average of 5hrs) which i canot do if I want to be semi-sane. Look forward to hearinghow you find more balance in it all.