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Friday, June 22, 2012

TGIF


Can I just say thank GOD it's Friday?? I had serious doubts that I would make it to the end of this week. Actually, I'm still doubtful as there are still a number of things that I need to wrap up before heading to the airport bright and early in the morning...and it's 12:36am.

This week was one of those weeks where frustration overflowed from every pore of my body and I just wanted to dump everything in the trash and start over. I admit, I didn't handle it well. There were just too many things that collided head-on that were out of my control. I also took on too much work and too many other projects all at the same time. Oh yeah, then there were all the end-of-school festivities and beginning of summer and camp craziness.

I haven't been mindful and I haven't been respecting my limits. I haven't been doing well with that little thing called balance. Coincidentally, I read this article today in the Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter, the first women Director of Policy Planning at the State Department, about the elusive work-life balance and basically flat out admitting that it's impossible to achieve. I think that's something that has been lurking in the back of my mind but I've been loathe to admit.

It's definitely been one of those weeks where I feel like I need to step back, assess and regroup. I need that. Thankfully, I will be on a plane in the morning on my way to meet my best friend to celebrate a belated birthday for her and an early birthday for me.

How do you find balance? How do you regroup after a particularly frustrating experience? Have any fun plans for the weekend?


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At June 22, 2012 at 3:27 AM , Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Oh I write about balance today too. I haven't found the perfect balance yet, and don't think I ever will. I hope you do though!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 5:41 AM , Blogger Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb said...

I have HUGE problems with moderation and balance. You are not alone. Hang in there!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 6:05 AM , Blogger Angela @ Happy Fit Mama said...

I think we all are looking for the perfect balancing act. If you find the solution, please, please let me know!

Enjoy your trip and happy early birthday to you!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 6:26 AM , Blogger Jolene said...

((hug)) I hate frustrating days/weeks like that. I hope this weekend helps you mentally reset! And try not to be too hard on yourself, you do so very much!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 6:51 AM , Blogger AmyC @ running escapades said...

To get out frustrations I go for a run and if I'm feeling overwhelmed I can usually count on my husband to help me. It doesn't mean everything will get done, but I'll at least feel a little better.

Have a fun trip and Happy Birthday!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 7:03 AM , Anonymous Ericka @ The Sweet Life said...

Was just thinking about this this morning -- that I need to delete at least one thing in my life so I can balance it all. Perspective and rationality go a long way. --Ericka @ The Sweet Life (sweetlifeericka.com)

 
At June 22, 2012 at 7:57 AM , Anonymous Kierston said...

I take many moments to breathe in and out, focus and regroup. It allows me to clear my thoughts and move forward :)

I hope you have a good weekend!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM , Anonymous Michele @nycrunningmama said...

YAY for Friday and double YAY for a fun weekend for you!!! I think it's really hard to achieve balance with the family/work relationship - my sister is a working mom (she does get to work from home 2 days a week) and has a really hard time juggling those two priorities in her life. She doesn't sleep a lot during the week and relies on the weekend to catch up - which is when she wants to spend most of the time with her hubby and daughter.
When I get SO stressed out, my husband forces me on a run - even though I'm not in the house doing the things that would help the stress, the run does more than the alternative ever could.

 
At June 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Harold L. Shaw said...

Just keep moving (running/exercising) and know that the stress is usually temporary and will go away. Keep thinking "will this (whatever it is) be important a year from now?" But most of all Keep Smiling - if nothing else it keeps the b's guessing. :-)

 
At June 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM , Anonymous Martha @ running in mommyland said...

Oh balance! Every day is a new day to try! Have a fun trip!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Katie McFarland said...

I totally get it. The weeks your describing are super tough and hopefully we learn from them. Sometimes you can't change it either. Sometimes we just have to roll with it and hope it all turns out ok. BYW, you're doing great.

 
At June 22, 2012 at 9:07 AM , Anonymous Cat @ Breakfast to Bed said...

Impossible beyond. I am exhausted every day, but I do enjoy it overall. HAPPY FRIDAY!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM , Anonymous Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run said...

Hugs to you girl....you are not alone in this. I have a hard time balancing everything myself...and I'm a stay-at-home-mom right now! I used to work full-time, for crying out loud. Either way, guess what? Life is life, it gets unbalanced. It feels crazy, uncontrollable, and overwhelming. You just have to do what you're doing...step back. Take a moment to regroup. Remember that you're not JUST a mom, wife, or an employee. You're still your own woman...you still need to enrich her, too. Have fun this weekend. <3

 
At June 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM , Blogger MCM Mama said...

Interesting article. I feel like our lives are pretty balanced, but that's precisely because we made the choice to not have careers be a priority. We both work hard when we are working, but have pretty strict boundaries on work.

 
At June 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM , Blogger MusselFit said...

Balance...always seeking balance. Heading out to the beach this weekend for some much needed R&R.

 
At June 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM , Anonymous Lisa @ The Splattered Apron said...

I read that article too and I think a lot about work/life balance. If you find the secret, please share :-) Enjoy your weekend away, it sounds very fun and well-deserved!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Cotter Crunch said...

two words... WINE FRIDAY!

 
At June 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Running, Loving, Living said...

I find finding balance is always difficult, when you find the answer please let me know! Have a great weekend.

 
At June 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM , Anonymous Raquel-2dayswoman said...

I just wrote a post about this balance thing the other day as my life has been waaaaay out of balance the last few weeks. Have fun with your friend, I get the feeling you'll have a wonderful time ;-)
Raquel

 
At June 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM , Blogger PavementRunner said...

Are you kidding me? You scaled a mountain! Well, you climbed something super high! Well, you beat that kid. aw shit. You know what? You rock no matter what. We are so lucky to have something to keep us centered, balanced and fit. Keep doing your thing.

Yes, running is what keeps me centered... and yes, this is me centered. :)

 
At June 24, 2012 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you all for your comments. Seriously, it made me tear up at points when I saw your comments come in. I know that this is something that a lot of us struggle with and I appreciate all of your support! Having a great weekend away and hope that you all are enjoying the weekend too!

 

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