no one "does it all"
With three small kids, a husband with a demanding job, running three blogs and now having an expanded business, life is busy around here to say the least. Recently, several people have asked me, "How do you do it all?" which just makes me want to laugh.
Haven't we women figured out by now that NO ONE does it all?
Some of us work full time, some of us stay home with our kids. Some of us travel for work or have husbands who travel, leaving us alone with the kids. Some of us volunteer at school or in the community and really do look like we have it all together and some of us don't. We all have to take care of our kids, our homes, our families and ourselves. And we all have 24 hours in a day.
Everyone makes compromises. If you are choosing to do something (working, blogging) then you are choosing not to do something else (laundry, sleeping). My friend who works full time in a very high-profile job has a full-time nanny and a cleaning lady - and she proudly states that without their help, she'd be a mess! Another friend home schools her FIVE kids - and she confesses her only time to herself is reading a few chapters in a book before falling into bed at night. Another friend works part-time from home while her kids run around, but confesses that her house is an absolute disaster during the week.
Personally, I may have started working, but I've stopped doing lots of other things. My house is nowhere near as neat as it used to be, I'm rarely finding time to exercise and my family has been eating more take out than I care to admit. And I constantly deal with guilt about not "doing more."
We have a very unhealthy habit of comparing ourselves to each other. We need to remember that NO ONE "does it all” and no one's life is perfect. We should never feel in adequate or inferior because of something we don't do or don't have. Life is just too short.