Okay, I Finally Get It

Sometimes I can be pretty dense. I now realize the universe was trying to tell me something when I was so stressed out having too much to do and figuring out who was going to take care of my kids I sat down and looked at my schedule.

Monday: Go to New York for the Work Life Legacy Award Ceremonywork-life-balance

You know, to award people with excellent life/work balance skills.

Yes universe, I finally get what you are throwing my way. I cannot do everything. I get it. It took me a while, but I finally understand. I am not happy about it. I want to do everything. I feel like I should do everything. Most days I feel like everybody needs me to do everything.

So today I go down my schedule and cancel the things that I cannot do and then take care of the things that I need to get done.

And when my kids get home from school I will play with them.

And when my husband gets home from work the family will go out to dinner and I will apologize to all of them for being such a crazy person.

I will work on managing my time better.

I will work on being there for my family instead of for everybody else.

I will find my work/life balance and I will go to that ceremony a different year, when I have earned the right to be there.

And everything is going to be okay.

Please go check out the Families and Work Institute website. I ditched them at the last minute and they are an amazing organization that is trying to help families all over the United States. Also take a look at Ellen Galinsky’s “Mind In the Making” project. It is a really fascinating multimedia project about young people and learning.

Nobody paid me or even asked me to say any of that. It is of my personal opinion that these are worthwhile causes and websites.

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  1. You deserve an award for balancing your work/life priorities and not going to see the award show about balancing your work/life priorities.

  2. I really understand those feelings. That is why I look forward to summer so much, a few weeks to be less of a crazy person.

  3. “And when my husband gets home from work I will play with him” is how I expected that line to go.

  4. I know what you mean, there’s always so much to do and so little time!

  5. Brilliant post. <3.

  6. You know, it takes more guts to say “I can’t do it all” then to take on everything and lose yourself. Good for you in recognizing this and working to restore the balance.

    And I hear ya, I’m in the same boat myself. You’ll be my inspiration to focus on what’s important.

    Great post.

  7. Hoo, finding that work/life balance is HARD. If you figure it out, let me know.

  8. smart aleck says:

    And this is why we love you—your honesty and ability to prioritize.

    btw, the older I get, the more I think that the only people who don’t worry about balancing work and life are the ones who have a penis…..
    (just my opinion, I know there are exceptions)

  9. Sarah Breathnach said it well in her book Simple Abundance. “Women can have it all…just not all at the same time.” Glad to hear others who wrestle with the balancing concept.

  10. Ryan Alig says:

    I’m skeptical that Big Red is joining the Big Ten. The upcoming year promises to be interesting. Wow!

  11. Hey, now that you have some spare time, I want to ask you for a favor…

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