After reading Denise’s and Brooke’s post on how they balance life and work, I decided I too wanted to share how I do it. This is something that has changed drastically for me in the last few weeks.
Up until a month ago I trained clients from 5am – 12pm and that was it. From noon on I was Dominics mom, we played together, went to the park together, grocery shopped together, you see where I am going with this. He had me all day every day.
I recently opened my schedule up to evening clients again (which I have not done in 2 years) fortunately I am working but it is extremely difficult to be away from my littleman for so long every day.
Trying to run your own business, run your household, be mom and wife all at once is not an easy task as any mom out there will attest to. Im sure when some women read Brook and Denise’s post there first thought is “they are celebrities and have tons of help how hard can it really be?” I have to say I have worked with Brooke on a few occasions and she is one of the MOST hands on moms I have had the pleasure of knowing.
We all need help, I am lucky to have a babysitter that Dominic loves so I don’t have to worry about his well-being while I am at work.
I keep a daily planner with all of my appointments in it to keep my work on track.
I make lists at the end of each night for what I need to accomplish the next day, I don’t always accomplish everything on my list but it helps to know what I have finished and what is left to do.
When I am with Dominic I make it special, we go for walks, we play at the park or go to the beach. Sometimes we just play on the living-room floor and read books. Whatever I can do to let him know that mommy is still here for him.
Right now I am really missing be around for his dinner but I try to make sure I am home to put him to bed. I even have the sitter keep him up a little late sometimes just so he can see me (or so I can see him).
There is never true balance in all areas of my life, and I have to admit that right now my relationship with my husband is suffering a little. Nothing bad or relationship ending, just not enough time together and it leaves us both feeling a little sad. The best thing we can do is acknowledge it and try to have our own special little moments together.
Being a working mom is always going to present challenges but knowing that you can’t do it all, all of the time and asking for help is half the battle.