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I used to think, like many young parents do, that when my children grew up, things would get easier. I used to think that I would have free time and that the kids would not need me any more. Wrong!
First off, enjoy every minute of their little lives because it flies by. I mean, one minute you are changing diapers and the next you are sending them to college.
One thing that even makes this even more so is that I missed years and years of my children because of Lyme disease. Lyme took a lot from me, but it also gave me a lot. It gave me simplicity. It gave me daily gratitude for the little things. It gave me a zest for life. It gave me a new perspective.
Now that I am pushing through this post Lyme life of mine, I am more busy that I ever thought I would be.
I am 48, with a husband who is AMAZING and two adult boys who are FANTASTIC. However, I am trying to figure out how to balance taking care of a home (which I am very OCD about), taking care of my family (which I love to do and is my priority) and taking care of business (extraordinarily driven). The question is, how does one do everything and still take care of herself?
I know that everyone experiences and is challenged by a balancing act.
My husband does a lot more than most and spends all of his "extra" time on family, us. Seriously, he is amazing! He cooks more dinners than I do. He is a motivator. He is a listener. He is a nurturer.
My boys help where they can. I need to do more training...and I know that is one of the keys. They do quite a bit, but they get overwhelmed because of Asperger's and severe anxiety disorder. We are working on helping them and training them for their lives of independence...and as we do, they help us more and more. We have great boys!
With our challenges, my little team's challenges, we are maybe on a slower track than other families in certain areas, and that is okay.
Coping with things, with so much to do and not enough time to do it, can be difficult for anyone. I am just getting my barrings after being in bed sick for so many years. So, this is a challenge, but a challenge I am willing to take on.
Every single day, I do yoga. I'm missing my walking due to the smoke from the wildfires. Yoga is a savior of my sanity though. I also watch motivational videos every morning and meditate. I am usually pretty zen, but I do everything until I burn myself out.
What do you do to manage the balance of life?
How do you manage work, family, home and still take care of yourself?