That's what most of my friends told me when I suddenly made a post on Facebook a couple weeks ago. I've been MIA for quite some time.
Seriously, I have got to get better at this whole time management thing. OK, I'm not horrible with it, but I'm not great. The things that are crucial I can handle, you know, like getting to work or appointments on time! The rest of life though... I'm sort of clueless. Where does a working mom find time to do other things? Where do you find time to work out, or to write, or to craft? I haven't blogged since May. MAY! That's just unheard of for me. I'm struggling to find this balance of work, family, friends, fun, life.
Perhaps I should be more specific. I find time to do a lot of things. Thank goodness for supportive family next door, it is easy for Patrick and I to head out with friends for happy hour or just to hang out (thanks Mom & Dad!). I have my days off so I can take Elijah to dance class, which I love. What I am constantly struggling is finding time to write, exercise, or cook! I go in waves with my little menu planning. I'll be good about it for a week or two, then something comes up and I completely run out of time! I suppose this is the story of our lives, right? I need to set some goals and a plan of action to get these things done when I'm not exhausted. For instance, I found out a gym right up the street from my work is opening up in October. If you sign up now, you get discounted prices. I can get an unlimited gym membership for $9 and an extra $5 will get me unlimited classes. $14 for unlimited membership? Yes, please! I realized a huge struggle of finding time to work out at home is by the time I drive the 30-40 minutes home, I'm already relaxed and exhausted. Come on, after you have been sitting in a car for 30+ minutes after being at work for 9 hours, do you really want to work out at 9:30 at night? Not really. My body is all relaxed by that point! So, gym membership it is. I'm pretty excited about it!
Oh and of course my great dilemma of finding the balance to write... here is my (hopeful) solution: invest in a Bluetooth keyboard. Carrying my laptop back and forth is cumbersome. However, if I can carry my tablet and Bluetooth keyboard, that should work. My other idea is to start taking some time at Starbucks before or after work, or even during my lunch. What is it about coffee shops and creative inspiration? Maybe it's all the java that gets our minds working.
Maybe there's an app that will remind me or help me schedule times for all these things? You know, there seems to be an app for everything!
Now I have my alarm clock app telling me it's time to get ready for work!