Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:00

Is it possible to do it all?

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Being a wife, mom, while maintaining a full time job, and still trying to have some semblance of personal life is very challenging. I often ask myself if it is possible to do all of the things I need to do, and still keep my sanity.


When I’m feeling like I’m being run over by the house chores, mounds of laundry and dishes, I can’t help but wonder: when did things start to get out of control? I consider myself an organized person, and somewhat OCD. But somewhere along the way my OCD and organization tendencies started to become buried under books, paper, baby gear, toys, and plain random old stuff.


Things get worse when I look at my closet. It just reminds me that I have not lost the extra weight after baby #2. I thought I was having a 40-lb baby, but turns out that was not the case! My pre-pregnancy jeans could not even fit me in my imagination. So frustrating.


I’ve read many organization books, healthy cooking recipes, and I am plenty aware of the benefits of daily exercise. I’ve even lost 30 lbs not just once, but twice. Once due to stomach issues (I will talk more about that another day), and a second time after baby #1. I’ve been on different diet programs. I’ve had gym memberships. But none of those times I felt like I had to undergo major changes in all areas of my life like now.


This is when things get overwhelming. How does one goe about changing everything? All at once? Self-help books out there mainly focus on just one topic. One theme. I don’t know about you, but at my house, laundry never stops piling up, kids need to be fed several times a day, kitchen work never ends, work and life obligations can never wait until I have it all together. It’s all happening at the same time. And I’m not even talking about details such as organizing my holiday decorations. That would be nice, but if this organization process was a tree, those details would be the dew drops hanging off the leaves on the highest branches. I’m just not there yet. I’m down here, close to the soil.


So, can it be done? Can I do it all? The answer is: I don’t know, but I will give it a try. And that is why I want to write about it. The words flowing out of my fingers as I type will bind me to the process of changing my ways. I cannot expect different results if I keep trying the same old things over and over again. Change is a necessity right now. I need to dig deep, and get to the root of the problem.


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