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Trying to find a healthy balance at this time of year...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

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.


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  • DEBULACLARK
    Jennifer - I, too, am looking for "balance". I couldn't find it last year and I am determined to find it this year! Good luck to both of us. You sound like you have a plan!
    2868 days ago
  • BABIE_JANE
    It's good to hear from you. We all need to figure out a good balance for ourselves. Unfortunately, sometimes that balance may not include SP, but it's good to touch base with our SparkFriends when the balance allows.

    Enjoy, though your life is busy it sounds like a great time.
    2878 days ago
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