You close your eyes and no sooner that dreaded alarm clock starts buzzing. Of course, we slap the snooze button (at least I do, TWICE). Then it’s time to get out of the bed and go to the blessed machine that knows your monster state if it doesn’t magically make the beautiful dark stuff that makes us human. Yes, it is also known as a coffee maker on a timer, but it is my angel 😇. After a few sips, it’s time to go get the kids up and ready for their day. Jay has done a fantastic job of helping our family get better prepared the night before. Simple things like laying your clothes out and having all decisions made already. Those little things that we spend countless minutes every morning bickering with our children about. At one point we actually had to implement an underwear check, because Noah did not think that underwear was part of his daily attire. Then we make our lunches and out the door we go to navigate the insanity of elementary school morning traffic.
Sometimes we work entirely too much. Did you check your work email while taking those precious sips of coffee before you got the kids up? I surely did. 6 out of 7 days I do. And I am a bit ashamed to admit it. We work the day jobs, maybe skip lunch to get more work done, or maybe we just got too busy, looked down and it was 4 pm! Well, there goes lunch… leaving the office we keep working – on the phone of course. Calls are being taken and returned. Catching up on any additional items we missed throughout the day or any new things someone was bringing to your attention.
We are teachers…
Now we have left the office, don’t forget to swing by the store and get whatever items you need for homework or dinner. Unless your kid is Blake, who goes to the store with you, waits until you get home and says “oh yeah we need tape, paper, magazines, etc. for my project that is due tomorrow”. Oh yes, you can feel the eye twitch that is soon to show up. Time to review words, by the way- since when did we stop with spelling tests?!? Sign papers, remind children that we need to sign the folder or they get reprimanded at school. I definitely feel that I will have to write an apology letter or 10 this year for late folder signatures. Who really knows the difference between Tuesday and Thursday anyway? Some of the best teacher answers in our house are “ask professor googs” in other words, google it. Now you are looking at the clock scolding yourself because it is 7 and you haven’t started dinner😱
We are chefs…
I personally LOVE Hell’s Kitchen, but not in my kitchen! However, when it is a weekday and the time is moving faster than it should, I find myself right in front of Chef Ramsey. Before you know it, it is 8:30 pm and the kids still need a shower and to get ready for bed. Oh, and they are still hungry because they did not find whatever meal appropriate for their oh so delicate palates. I may be trying to lose my apron in the kitchen contests at this point.
We are side-hustlers…
I know that we have a 2 parent working household and we still look for ways to bring home extra income. Jay and I just launched this amazing blog! Definitely our side-hustle. Which we are incredibly excited about. During the day, I know that I have blog ideas running through my brain. Now if only I could get my brain to automatically dictate it to WordPress while I am still working the day job 🙂 How awesome would that be? Many people are trying to maximize income while also maximizing family time and many fail. Jay and I are DETERMINED to make this work so that we can stop pulling weekend shifts and spend more time with our kids and each other. Plus, we get to have this adventure together and how exciting is that! So, let’s get that side-hustle on!
We are… NOT taking a moment for ourselves…
Over the last year, I have taken a lot of time to think about how I can de-stress life. Well, we live in a hurricane and everyone knows we can’t control the weather. So, I have had to learn how to ride out the storm and find happiness in the midst of category 5 hurricane winds, with surging tides, and sometimes even disasters on what I believe are a grand scale. I have learned a few valuable lessons throughout this time, and I am still struggling and learning every day. It is important to note that you will always have setbacks, the best thing to do is hold your head high and move forward.
Things I have put into my daily routine:
- A quick 7-second meditation at my most stressful time of the day.
- I use a free app that has a reminder set at whatever time that you typically are most stressed and need a minute to yourself. Just to put your mind at ease and get you back in a mindful place. It is super quick and only takes 7 seconds. Who doesn’t have 7 seconds to spare in their busy day? 7s Meditation is the app.
- Let me just say I LOVE yoga. I don’t take classes, because I have no time for that, although it would be fun. Youtube has free yoga videos that I enjoy. I also take a few minutes through the day to stand up from my desk and just stretch. I tend to hold tension in my upper back, shoulders, and neck, so stretching those out is important if I don’t want to be in agony later in the day. The moves are simple and do not take much time at all. I am definitely that crazy lady at the office who is taking a second to stretch my muscles.
Always take a moment for yourself, if for nothing else but to close your eyes and count to 30. We are so busy trying to take care of everyone and everything that we often leave ourselves for last. If we fail to take care of ourselves, then we will crumble and be unable to meet our obligations. Please share with us how you care for yourself in such demanding times. We love to hear your feedback and thoughts!