Sometimes people ask me, “How do you do it all?”
Well, first of all, I don’t. Do it all, that is.
For example, I don’t always fold and put away the laundry (Erin, I hope you’re reading this…because I put those heels there on-purpose to make the photo cuter. I learned that from you!):
And my 2-year-old’s room sometimes often looks like this (At least there’s a cute baby in the picture, right?):
And I have bags of clothes in the corner of my bedroom, waiting for my next Clothes Swap (which have been there FOREVER, much to my husband’s dismay):
That said, I do do a lot.
I may not always be the best housewife (my husband and I work together to keep a tidy house, but it’s not like I’m June Cleaver or something…) and I don’t have a Martha Stewart home (our walls are painfully barren and white, for example).
But I’m a wife. I’m a mom. I’m on a 10-hour contract for the local school district. I run this blog (which is a business too…). And, I try to be a good friend and an involved citizen on top of that.
And here, my friends, is my “secret formula” for how I manage to do all that I do:
(1) I don’t watch TV. My husband and I are not like “normal” people. On most days, we don’t even turn on our TV. My husband works all day at his job; I work all day as a mommy. Then, evening comes and we have dinner, a family walk, bathtime, storytime, singing songs, scratching backs, saying prayers. And then? We kick of our shoes and watch TV. Actually, we get right to work – quickly, with determination and focus and charisma. Our dreams beckon us. TV seems like such a waste when we have a business to grow and a world to change.
(2) I stay in. I like my home and I’m content here. Sometimes people ask if I get a little “stir-crazy,” if I need to “get out of the house.” But you know? I like it here in our little, warm abode – surrounded by the people I love best. So, we don’t regularly make trips to the mall and to Target and to the zoo. We stay right here – we read books and bake cookies and build towers and do crafts and play with alphabet flash cards and jump on the beds and search for pretty flowers on neighborhood walks. By staying in, we save time and money.
(3) I stay up. Until 1 am on most nights, actually. Late, I know. Or, rather…early, I should say. But that’s what works for us.
(4) I stay focused. I have very detailed to-do lists , goal sheets, and dream doodles. If you ask me what my goals are for the next week, the next 3 months, the next 6 months, the next year, the next 5 years, the next 50 years…I will be able to tell you.
(5) I have a super supportive husband. He dreams with me. He works hard. He encourages me to blog and be business-minded and remain true to my goals. He actually reads almost every single one of my blog posts before it is published, believe it or not. And he handles some the advertising inquiries for me too since I really like the relational and writing sides of blogging more than anything else. When I get discouraged, he tries to make me say, “I am DA BOMB.” But I just seal my lips and then I laugh a lot…and it makes me feel better. We laugh together. We plan together. We dream “impossible” dreams. Someday we’re going to move mountains. How do I know this? Because we’re starting today…
YOUR TURN: What are your top “time-saving” tips?