Hi, live laugh rowe readers!
I’m Tricia and I blog at Mama Marchand’s Nest! I’m thrilled that Kelly asked me to guest post for her today but I have to tell you that this topic is tough for me. It’s about balance. You see, most of the time I feel like I’m in the midst of a major juggling act because I wear a lot of hats. Yeah, I know that’s a lot of metaphors but bear with me. *wink*
My hubs is a pastor, my daughter is two, I have a part-time day job, a very part-time evening job, I blog, I create jewelry for my Etsy shop, I tweet, and somewhere in the midst of all of THAT, I try to have a social life, too.
Get it together.
There’s no way that I can function without being organized. I invested in an Erin Condren life planner (LOVE!) to do just that. I keep track of our family schedule, plan out my blog posts and shop updates, keep track of bills, birthdays, anniversaries, and more in that lovely book. The hubs and I also sit down weekly to review the calendar, just to make sure we’re on the same page. That is incredibly helpful!
I am asked to be participate in A LOT both in my real life and in the bloggy world – fundraisers, marketing opportunities, Bible studies, conferences, and the list goes on. In order to not spread myself too thin, I have to ask hard questions when presented with these opportunities. If I say “yes” to this, what do I have to say “no” to in order to make it work? Do I have time to do this? Do I want to do this or is it that I feel like I should do this? And the most important one – will this take me away from my family too much?
Say what? There are days when I purposefully schedule a purposeless trip to Target so my daughter and I can hop in the car, get out of the house, and have some fun. We love this! Also, when I start to feel burned out or notice myself losing my grip on my sanity (too often than I care to admit), I simply rest. Instead of writing that guest post or working on a giveaway during her nap time, I reschedule it and take a nap myself.