Good morning, Mamma. How have you been? It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me. Major projects with major deadlines. I spent twelve hours a day at my computer most days last week. One evening, my handsome hubby came home at 8:30 to find me still in my office. “Have you been outside today?” He asked. “Outside outside? Or like, out of this chair?” I responded.
There are those weeks, right? Those weeks when you are looking at the list and you know it’s not all going to fit.
Priorities help at times like these. What are my core values?
For me it runs something like this: 1) Family intact and safe 2) Remain employed 3) Stay healthy 4) Play.
So I dropped the blog for a time, cancelled my Saturday plans with mom, cancelled coffee with a girlfriend, asked a friend to drive carpool for me, Grandma came over one day to help with laundry (thank you, Mom) and had the groceries delivered.
I kept a brief workout everyday (my energy and my sanity), I kept familiy dinners (even though we ate at 9PM one night, I’m not sure that actuallly counts as dinner), I kept the 60 minute date with husband late Saturday night for a glass of wine and a cheese tray at our favorite outdoor patio. And I got the work done, sister, and it felt fantastic.
There is something so very gratifying about being good at what you do, isn’t there? That undefinable YES I DID THAT you get when you look at a clean spreadsheet, or a functioning team, or a gorgeous prototype coming off the line.
It feels so good.
And you can still be a great mom. Not just a good mom, you can still be a great mom.
Prioritize. Plan. Ask for help when you need it. Make sure you are taking care of those core values and skip the rest. There are no prizes for picking up your own groceries. There is no one watching to be sure your bed is made. We are not June Cleaver, ladies. We’re not even Carol Brady. We rock it all in our own way, with what works for our families, in the week we are currently living.
Go, Mamma, go.