The Juggle | How Am I doing it ALL?!
Ah, the juggle. People often ask me, “how do you do it all?” or making comments in the similar vein. Friends, I’m not doing it “all.” I guess it depends on what falls into the “all” category. I’m aware that keep my plate full (hello enneagram 7) and I do a lot but it’s not all- by a long shot. And the things I’m doing I don’t do perfectly. I’m very far from a perfectionist with most things in my life but I do put my best foot forward for where I’m at each day and I try to keep that pace all of the day long. Sometimes I melt at about 4:45 if Justin’s not nearing the door at work, and that’s okay too.
I get a few days per week with consistent help with Amos (which is about to change, I’m fine- just crying myself to sleep nightly). My cousin who watches Amos helps run my errands lately. This has been a game changer during busy work weeks. When my mom visits, which is fairly regular, she helps deep clean my house. And Justin manages most things dog related. I take all of the help I can get. It takes a village…
I have spent much of the last 18 months creating and practicing healthy rhythms in my life, for our household and our little family. One of them being that I’ve created routine around grocery shopping with Amos as often as I can and I feel like it’s something he actually enjoys where get to bond and I’m not stressing about my work’s to-do list. He never whines in the grocery cart and I let him help me pick out the groceries. I go during the week so it’s not packed. We get a special treat at the end. I cherish this time with him. Especially in contrast to the period of time just after his arrival. I’d literally paralyze in the parking lot of grocery stores, completely overwhelmed and leave without any groceries, without ever having stepped out of my car. And then from embarrassment I didn’t speak of it, I just ordered pizza and called it a day.
I have a roomba that runs often in order to do the maintenance on the floors and I let go of mopping 5x a week a just do it once a week now. yikes! But also, I’m over here picking my battles and a perfectly sparkling floor all week isn’t one of them anymore… as you can see in the photo below….ha!
I work during Amos nap literally from the minute he’s asleep until a few minutes after he wakes up. I work for a solid 6 hours on the days I have help with Amos and I run errands or having meetings the rest of time. Those can be catching up with friends or work meetings. Due to the nature of my business, work meetings often require my weekend time as well.
All of this said, it’s not about balance, for me. It’s about juggling the important things and knowing that sometimes the pin hits the floor and that’s okay. It’s about choosing the battles that are significant in the long game. It’s about finding joy in the menial tasks of the day, and building memories around things habits that can last for a lifetime. This post is about remembering that everyone’s plates are full it just looks different on each person. You’re doing well. Just keep one foot in front of the other while choosing the goodness of life to shine brightly. You can do it, you are doing it!
Also feat. in this post are our favorite diapers, Bambo Nature.