Juggling, winging it, flying by the seat of your pants…..just a few things which sum up my crazy little life lately and I thought it was high time an explanation was probably due. I’m not going to wave the single mum card around too much, but jeepers, have I felt the pressure of being chief in charge these last few months.
I’m an independent soul you see, and pretty rubbish at off loading or asking for help, but last week was the first time, since I hit the road on my lonesome, that I felt the pressure from juggling family, work, studies and social life and I wanted to share that little snippet as I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s finding the whole spinning plates thing little overwhelming.
Yes, I do have the luxury of being able to work from home as a freelancer, which in a nutshell means I spend every spare minute replying to emails, completing tasks, chasing invoices, keeping on top of accounts and everything else that goes with running a blog and social media business. But it might surprise you to know I’m also a part-time student as well as a mum and try hard social butterfly, cramming in as much me-time, appointments and socialising into my child-free days and nights.
Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t looked back since my life took a change in the marriage stakes, I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason and sometimes, just sometimes,
you’ve just got to accept what life gives you. To not stress, worry or fight it, just take a deep breath and accept that everything will come good in the end.
And it is coming good. But not without some serious hard grit to navigate it along the way.
That very though has got me through many a tough moment, especially the last couple of months when things got a little topsy-turvy #stoptheride I want to get off! So what do I do when life gets a little crazy?
A few deep breaths, thats a real stress buster for me. I know I’m reaching burn out when even my breathing’s fast and shallow. The stupidity is I get so busy that I can’t even fit time in to BREATHE properly. Bonkers isn’t it!
Once I’ve got the basics in check, then my next time out is the gym. I plug-in my ear phones, leave the niggling workload behind and run, cycle, walk and lift the stress away. On the days when I’m chief in charge if the toddler, the gym is substituted by a good old long walk and piece de resistance is an extended phone call to someone in my support network. Then I’m good to go again.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that; yes I’ve been a little distant, more so on here, while I throw what little energy I’ve got left into studying and making sure I can provide for my family without sacrifice. You see, life’s about prioritising, setting short-term goals to reach your long-term goals and occasionally reassessing the path you’re on.
And right now I’m on the right one……