Something’s Gotta Give

I used to pride myself in the fact that I always managed to get more than 24 hours worth of productivity out of any day.

My family would laugh about all the things I could squeeze into a day and wonder how I did it. The phrase, “There just aren’t enough hours in a day” never escaped my lips.

Well, it’s happened now.

Somehow being the Executive Director of a small, but busy non-profit organization combined with being a mother of two kids under the age of two has finally made me hit my limit of how much I could get done in a day. Something had to give.

Unfortunately, two things quickly went on the back burner.

Running and blogging.

My two beloved hobbies. The two “phases” I have actually stuck with longer than anyone (including my husband) ever imagined I would.

Am I giving up on my hobbies? No way. I think it is so important, especially as a mom, that we find things in our lives that we enjoy. Things that bring us pure, individual satisfaction outside of work and our families.

But do I have to recognize when it’s time to put those hobbies in their rightful place, behind the more pressing responsibilities of life?

Yes.

So that’s what I’ve done. But hopefully things will be getting back to “normal” soon – whatever that is. It’s time for me to remember to take time for myself. To focus on me. To pay attention to my health.

I’m starting tomorrow. Actually, I’m starting tonight – just by blogging. And I’ll be continuing tomorrow morning with a 3 mile run with my running club. It won’t be pretty – I haven’t run in two weeks. But I do have a 5k next weekend.

And it’s time to start taking care of me again.

What is the first thing to go on the back burner when your life gets busy? How do you make sure to find time for yourself?

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4 Responses to Something’s Gotta Give

  1. It’s the same for me, blogging and exercising :) my hubby has been great when weekly I schedule a little ‘me’ time, he’s right there to help. Good luck!

  2. Beth in the City

    I get fines for past due library books! I just can’t fit in time to drop them off. I also let exercise slide, and blogging ended a long time ago although for different reasons and I keep thinking I may pick it back up when I have time to think of blog posts.

  3. Jen

    Wow that is a tough question and partly (thr are many reasons) why I read your blog. Ill have a 2nd little by the fall and i have no idea how ill be doing that with working full time. I read to see how you do it lol. Right now with one little my husband watches him for a bit every day he can so I can workout or read or do something for me. Often I find myself using that time to clean shame on me. There is always time to clean. I am slightly jealous of your Florida weather I live in wi so that means many days when we can’t even get out for a walk. Baby and I both get stir crazy when we are cooped up for to long. Every nice day we try to be active outside. It’s a work in progress that is for sure

  4. HeatherM

    The first thing to go in my life is always cleaning my house. I am getting better with this by using my lunch hour each day to do the basics of laundry, emptying the dishwasher, etc.. In the past I have given up running when things got stressful. This time I joined a walk-to-run club at a nearby park district, and we get homework to run the week’s assignment 2x during the week. The peer pressure/ peer support is keeping me accountable to run each week, and I’m seeing much more progress.

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