One of the things I’ve struggled with last school year is balancing commitments and priorities in my life. I’m a mom of 5 kids with 2 still at home. I volunteer at school weekly. I have a home-based business, and I write a blog. Oh, and I have a huge vegetable garden, not to mention the rest of the yard, to take care of. Did I mention the loads of laundry, cooking, and the grocery shopping for real food which means multiple places?
In a conversation with my sister-in-law (and one of my best girl friends!) this week, she said to me point blank that I do a lot more in any given day than a lot of other people do. She also pointed out that being a mom of lots of little ones means that I am in a state of high alert all.the.time.
Even if I sit down to read a book in the evening with my husband, the kids will ignore their dad and ask me stuff. Or, I’m the one that jumps up when the water is heard running in the bathroom. Or there’s the time I walked in the house after picking tomatoes in the garden to find my 3 year old at the kitchen sink spraying water all over and the counter covered in water. And the floor, too. And, his 7 year old brother next to him saying in a quiet voice, “Stop, James.”
I’ve finally realized that my life is not meant to be lived by shoving as much doing as I can into every minute.
I can delegate. Like give my teenager the job of cutting up the tomatoes for the freezer.
I can wait on some jobs. Like finishing the decluttering when the kids are back in school and no longer underfoot.
I can choose not to do stuff. I decided yesterday that I was finished canning tomatoes, and the rest of the tomatoes could just into our 2 freezers. After all, we do have 2 freezers to fill.
However, I still have to figure out how to keep making these choices for the long-term.