I don’t think I am the only person out there who struggles with balance. With or without kids, it can be a real struggle to keep priorities straight and remember to take care of ourselves.
This layout shows the things I need to take care of. This picture I took while standing over the start of the missouri river. It reminds me of how I have to straddle different things and keep all the balls in the air.
So my struggle is balancing the needs of my family, husband and twins, with the duties of being full time house wife and all that entails, the small accounting job I do at home, the clubs and other activities I am involved in, and my needs.
I have a terrific family, great husband, and the cutest babies ever. I live in a nice home in a nice neighborhood. I have a diverse circle of friends. I have a husband who works hard to keep me home with the babies. We aren’t rich, or poor, just an average family trying to raise our kids the best we know how and try to adhere to a budget of some sorts. All that being said, it’s not all I need to be happy. Here’s the sticky ground. Personally, I can be happy with the above and not require much else. But I really need creative time. I need time to get lost in a good book. When I get so busy with everything else the creative things are the first to get skipped over. But I find I get a little cranky when I can’t do something creative. Even as much as I love hanging with my friends and doing things with them, there are times I’d rather be getting lost in my latest project.
I can be happy without creative time, but for me to be a whole balanced person, I really need to create.