Sometimes I get asked the question how I have time to do such and such and my answer is simple, “I don’t have kids!” My life/work balance is not even close to perfect but I can’t even imagine how haywire it will become if I’m ever blessed with children. Not that I wouldn’t trade anything for that opportunity. Even if it means less Project Runway watching.
Although not yet a mother, I do understand that balancing life/work/baby it is a major concern for women everywhere and was struck by a wonderful series of posts that Joanna Goddard published on her blog. The series was entitled My Balance and featured insights from working mothers of how they manage to juggle their busy lives. Here are a some of the quotes and ideas that stood out to me the most and hopefully will be helpful to you too.
“One commenter last week left a great line: She said, ‘Bless you new moms. If you’re trying, you’re doing a great job.’ We don’t have to be perfect; we just have to be gentle to ourselves and take it one step at a time.” – Joanna Goddard
“I think it is absolutely 100% necessary as a working mother, especially one who works from home, to separate work time from family time. It sounds obvious, but it is much easier said than done!
Now that I feel like I have more balance in my life, I’m learning how to be more present. I am one of those people that is always looking forward to the next step, always saying ‘Won’t life be great when…’ That is so damaging! My dad once told me that the secret to happiness in life is to be conscious of what is uniquely great about your current situation and put your focus there.” – Jenny Komenda
“We are all mamas with unique perspectives on parenting with so much to teach each other. We should spend our time uplifting each other and not trying to prove that ‘our way’ is the right way. I honestly don’t know what way is right. I want to be inspired and I want so much to constantly improve. ” – Elizabeth Antonia
“The main thing I’ve learned is that you can’t have it all. What I mean by that is you are always sacrificing something with any decision you make.” – Jordan Ferney
“I tell myself that whatever challenging situation I find myself in now, isn’t going to be forever.” – Jenna Park
Read the entire series here.