Busy bee me

Eventually, I have to stop. Being busy constantly will either give me a nervous break down or lead me very far in the wrong direction. Lurking behind it all may be the need to feel important and useful. I don’t think it is such a bad thing though and I am really putting myself out there by saying this. For example, I want to work internationally, be an entrepreneur, be a good mother and wife as well as improve my golf (I don’t even have a handicap at the moment! I’m that bad.)! On some days, I’d like to work with a charity especially a children’s charity. I can’t do it all, I know, even if live to be a 100. But it’s the thought that counts. Hopefully, I’m taking the necessary steps to give me some level of independence later in life. I do LOVE life and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to experience it all and leave your mark.

Busy Woman

It piles up (photo from istockphoto.com, 2010)

Sometimes it appears that it comes at a steep price. For me, the price is mostly paid in guilt. Guilt that I shouldn’t be dropping my kids off at a nursery and/or leaving them at after  school club till 5pm on some week days. Or that we can’t have a home-made dinner every night. Alas, the guilt comes and goes. I am especially grateful that over the last year or so, I have made some progress in striking a balance. I have not fully arrived, far from it but I think the following tips on finding a balance have gone a long way to keep me out of the asylum:

  • Have a date night with your partner/ spouse at least once week. It could be a movie and/or dinner in or out. WITHOUT the kids/blackberries/iphones etc.
  • Try not to take work home (and don’t talk about work constantly either).
  • Occasionally ask yourself, if all else fails, who will be left? Your answer will probably be your family, friends…not your co-workers or boss.
  • Go out of your way to be there for the “important” stuff: birthdays, anniversaries, doctor’s appointments, schools plays etc.
  • Re-prioritise as often as required.
  • YOUR JOB IS… JUST A JOB <thanks for this one, Bryan :-)>

It is beyond my comprehension that some day I will retire and stay home. I wouldn’t last a week! But it is good to be kind to yourself and take a break. All semi-new to me.

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