Working Moms: Finding Balance
The last few weeks (months…year) has been really hectic. My office has been in an upheaval. My favorite boss (and best friend) was stolen and put in charge of another office. Two new girls were hired for my office, and though they are really sweet… they are still new. I am going back to school to work towards a Funeral Director’s license, and studying for the Florida State Board test to become a Direct Disposer.
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To make things more hectic, we put both boys in soccer (which means we’ll be at the soccer field four nights a week), and I volunteered to be my 6-year old child’s soccer coach (and I know nothing about soccer), and I don’t get to spend near as much time with my older children as I would like.
Because all of this hasn’t been crazy enough, we just had a really damaging hurricane come through… and there are a bunch more coming our way.
I actually broke down and went to my doctor because my anti-anxiety and depression medicines weren’t working. Something had to change or I was going to have a nervous breakdown.
Finding balance is something I am determine to do so I started researching better ways to handle all the crazy amount of stuff I’ve piled on my plate.
I’ve actually found a few things that have really been helping. My goal is to be totally off of any medicine by this time next year.
The One Year Bible Expressions
I’ve never been a blind-faith-following believer… but lately focusing on Bible studies has been calming. I found this great Bible at Books a Million, and you get to color in it! They have specific messages for each date, and while I don’t get to read it every day, the days I do, I feel a LOT better
This is an app on my iPhone that has bible verses, stories, videos, etc. It seems that every day I log on, the app knows what I need. One day my husband was being a dick (sorry, Baby), and I logged on and the message was “How to Strengthen your Marriage” (yeah, it freaked me out a little). Another day I was worrying so much about so many things and the message was “Discover Paul’s Secret to Living Worry Free”.
O…M…G! I was looking for a podcast that would have a calming effect on me since I am SO stressed all of the time and I found Rachel Brathen. I’m totally girl-crushing on her!! Her podcast is From the Hear: Conversations with Yoga Girl. She is the most beautiful (inside and out) human being I’ve ever seen and I’m totally in love with her voice and her messages. I’ve listened to some of her podcasts multiple times because I love them so much.
I used to practice yoga once and awhile and while I loved it… I never became a regular practioner. Yoga is amazing! I feel absolutely amazing when I practice regularly, I feel strong, flexible, and confident. Private time to practice is nonexistent right now (OMG… can’t wait for our house to be built). I found a TON of YouTube videos on Yoga on Saturday and plopped the boys on my bed with their tablets and did a 20-minute video of Yoga by Adriene. It was amazing how awesome I felt afterwards (though it made me realize just how out-of-shape I’ve let myself become). I still never have private time, so until our house is completed (well, even started) … I won’t have time to practice regularly… but I am going to fit it in when I can. It’s beyond amazing and there are videos for every level… even the extremely out of shape 40-year olds like me.
Too Loved… A Journal for Women
My MIL’s birthday was Saturday the 16th and she LOVES, LOVES, LOVES puzzles. While my husband was at work, I took the boys (after our soccer practice) to Books a Million to find a puzzle for her. Because my two littles ones and I are TOTAL book addicts, I looked around for books that were super cheap (so my husband wouldn’t freak out that I’d spent more money… I have faith that one day this blog will make money and I can buy all the books I want). I found Too Loved… A Journal for Women by Debora M. Coty. It was on sale so I scooped it up. Seriously, I read the first chapter and it made me cry. I am ALWAYS hating on myself and this book is all about making women feel loved. We are not losers, we are not inferior, and we ARE worthy! It’s a Christian book that tells us about God’s intentional, unconditional love. This book is seriously amazing and it has spaces for journaling that I really, really need to do right now.
Finding balance when you’re a working mom isn’t easy. When I hear people talk about their “busy” schedules because they have a job (and that’s it), I get irritated, and I shouldn’t, I know that… but it makes me sad when their kids suffer because they think they can’t take on more responsibilities.
Find a way to balance a little. There are SO MANY resources out there. You’d be surprised at what you accomplish when you believe in yourself and you find resources to help you.