|Sometimes I've felt like I'm still learning to balance ....|
|Recently I've felt like I'm mastering the perfect balance whilst whistling ....|
I've posted before, auspiciously and not so, about how ... honestly ... hard it can be to balance family, work, fun, chores, etc. It seems that for the past year my energy during long commutes has been focused exclusively on "how to decrease said long commutes" and how to get done in the day everything that needs gettin' done and that I want to get done.
Recently, my work schedule / work requirements have been modified and it's been pure bliss for me. I am getting to work in the office and avoid the 1+ hour commute in each direction. My commute is now more like - 20 minutes - so doable! Of course the first week I had all sorts of things planned to fill that time space like grocery shopping before getting the boys from the babysitters, running past (and stopping at) the bank, restarting karate with the boys ... the list goes on, you get the point, no need to bore you. The second and subsequent week I discovered the art of sitting on the couch in the evening and relaxing - doing some reading, watching a show with my husband.
The stress level is significantly reduced, I feel like I'm getting things done, the boys and I are getting fit again with karate - I feel like there is some semblance of balance - relatively speaking. I'm getting to enjoy life and not just feel like I'm barely keeping my head above water. I'm getting to be awake and see my kids more. Get them up in the morning, pick them up in the afternoon and not pass out for a "quick mommy nap" on the couch but actually spend quality time together. I'm really really enjoying this pace. I'm praying desperately that it can continue. If it's where God wants me and I'm doing what He intends then I'm sure it will continue.
Prayers that you'll find your balance and get to enjoy life as well.
Until the next call ....