The Balance Beam Called Life

As a child (or now) did you ever walk along a thin elevated surface (rail road tracks, parking stoppers, walls etc.)? I know I did, well attempted to. I was never very good at it as I lack balance when walking on a normal surface, let alone a thin restricted one. Great balance and control was required and I just couldn’t do it very well. Not to say I couldn’t walk a few feet, but I would almost always waver and sway to one side or the other.

I have always struggled with balance, not only in walking, but in my life. I struggle with balancing all of these responsibilities and needs and desires in my life. Right now I am trying to walk this balance beam and you are all witnessing me falling again and again. I’m convinced eventually I’ll make it, but I’m trying to figure out how to get to that point. I have never worked a full-time job before, and I’m still pretty new at this wife stuff too. Adding these two factors together has turned out to be pretty disastrous.  I am trying to figure out how to balance a 40 hour work week, household duties, physical needs (sleep, exercise, eating well), social needs (yes, social interaction is a need), spiritual needs, relationship/marriage needs, and then so many desires (Blogging, reading, photography, essential oils, doula studies, etc).

Please don’t take this post as me complaining, because I’m not. I’m so thankful for where I’m at in life and I know SO many people who have so much more on their plates or are struggling in different ways. I’m not trying to say poor me, instead I’m reaching out. Working wives, how do you manage your home, work, social life etc? I know that thousands of women pull this lifestyle off everyday, some better than others and I know I can make it work, just at this point I don’t know how.

What are your tips for managing all of these aspects of your life?

2 thoughts on “The Balance Beam Called Life

  1. I know exactly how you feel! It is a very tough balance. My husband and I pretty much split household chores in half, and we try to do a little bit each day so that we don’t have to take a whole chunk of the weekend to clean. I try to get my workouts in over the weekend and in the mornings on weekdays (because it just won’t happen in the evening after a long day at the office). Blogging has started to be more of a priority for me, so I do a little bit of that each evening after dinner – even if it’s only 15 minutes of coming up with some ideas or commenting on others’ posts. I really love to read, but I really rely on time before bed to read, so if I’m too tired, it doesn’t really happen. One thing that helps is, if I have time, I like to take a book into the bath, and I obviously won’t want to fall asleep in there. I have other things I’d like to start doing, but there just isn’t time for that – at least not right now. Oh, and I try to spend time with friends at least once a week whether it be dinner on a weeknight or a quick meet-up for coffee on the weekend. It’s not perfect, but these are some of the things that work for me! I canNOT understand how working mothers do it!

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    • Thank you for your comment! Those are awesome tips. My husband and I are both about to be very busy (he’s starting classes and working almost full time). I think a chore chart might be necessary in our house ;), or at least something! These are wonderful suggestions, again thank you! I hope to implement some of these things this week :).

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