This is a very busy time for my family. School just started up for our two students. That means the newest round of PTG meetings, Scouting activities, sports, open houses, and parent-teacher meetings. I also am involved in my Church, Sunday School, and school volunteer work... Home life gets a little more busy with organizing everything, getting homework accomplished, ferrying everyone to appointments and lessons... And I have to stay on track with daily exercise and healthy eating!
( NOTE: Thank goodness my husband is awesome. There is no way I could cope if he was of those useless spouses. I am lucky enough to have a man who does more laundry than me, is my partner in our family life, gives me helpful advice when I ask, and gives me room to make my own decisions. )
I am still trying to find balance at this time of year, and people are still trying to get me to add more volunteer stuff to my plate! I can and do say NO sometimes. But sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the requests! I want to yell, PLEASE STOP ASKING ME TO HELP!!! I have plenty to be responsible for as it is. I guess I need a stock response:
"I have received your request. Thank you for your confidence in my abilities. Unfortunately my volunteer meter has reached the maximum limit. Please continue your search, I am sure you will find someone perfect for that job soon. Thank you and have a nice day!"
The truth is that happiness only comes from oneself. I like most of the volunteer work I already do. I love teaching religious ed, I love cantoring at church twice a month (although I will not be joining the holiday choir this year), I love helping once in awhile at the school, I love helping my son and his friends by leading his Cub Scout Den, I even like keeping the financial books balanced for the whole pack (at least I know where my son's popcorn money is going!)
I love being a mom and a wife, keeping the house flowing smoothly, organizing our schedules, cooking healthy dinners, spending quality time with my husband and kids, having a decent conversation with my husband (LOL how often does THAT actually happen in busy families!).
I love being physically fit, running and walking, eating healthy, keeping my weight in check. I haven't gained any weight this month!
I know I am mostly in balance, although with all my schedule shuffling, l have NOT checked in with SP recently (sorry spark friends!)... in fact I think this is my first visit in weeks... even my husband says he misses my posts!
Darn balance. It needs to constantly be readjusted to STAY balanced!
Anyhow, I hope I make sense. I love everything I already do, I just don't want any more jobs to do!!! That way I can STAY happy and healthy and balanced!
Yeah, my family is already on board. Now I just have to convince everyone else.