My hats include my roles as a writer, mother, business owner, wife, volunteer, homemaker, and teacher. Some days, I feel like I wear all my hats with ease. Most days, I feel like I am scrambling to get everything done. These three practical solutions have helped me maintain some balance in my life.
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A few months ago, I took my children to an amazing concert and watched children perform amazing feats with their instruments. It was breathtaking to see these small people execute extremely difficult music. Then I wondered, do I have a gifted musician in my family?
Have you ever had one of those days when the house is a mess, the kids are sick, and a friend comes over unexpectedly to witness the chaos? Author Jennifer Brimhall shares how she has learned to keep perspective and be gentle with herself on those popcorn days.
Throughout my life, I worked hard to develop my talents in dancing, singing, and theater. After I became a mom, however, my hours of practicing were replaced with laundry, nursing, kindergarten, and driving my children to their own lessons. How could I rediscover my talents—and myself in the process?
Allyson Reynolds is talking metaphorically here. The phrase comes from a professor of English–the idea is to write objectively and avoid getting so lost in love with your favorite words, phrases, or ideas that you can’t “murder” them for the sake of creating something more succinctly wonderful. Now Allyson’s applying it to motherhood (again, metaphorically).
During one of Alex’s first feedings of the day, he suddenly stopped eating and started looking around the room. I felt very frustrated, thinking, “Great! Now it will take him longer to eat, which means he will nap later, which means…” and there I went, spiraling downward in thoughts of how this small delay was going to mess up his entire schedule and mine. But then, Alex taught me to stop and enjoy the moment.
Is your life out of sync with your priorities? I guarantee that if you take action to make what matters most to you central to how you manage your life, the results will change your life for the better and you’ll be stronger and happier for it.
Allyson offers great ideas to help you avoid over-scheduling, overeating, and overspending this holiday season.
My little boy loves to sing, but sometimes I am not the best audience. This experience helped me to understand what a lucky mom I am!
Many of us struggle with the many demands of work and motherhood. How do we keep it all together? How do we figure out what is the most important thing at the moment? Join author Angie Mizzell as she describes her experience in how sometimes our priorities can make themselves very clear.
When my first child was about six months old, I realized that every day I set him down to play while I ran around to get things done. One of my repeated phrases was, “Okay, I’m just going to do (a list of six things), and then I’ll play with you.”
Lately I have been thinking a lot about raising a child with a disability. Recently I heard that an old college friend had a baby that was born with some severe disabilities, and I have really been pondering about it and just thought I’d share my take on this.