Thursday, March 10, 2016

What I mean when I say I'm busy

No, this is not some snarky post about how I'm actually not busy and I just don't want to hang out with you.  This is an actual post chronicling the busy life of me.  I want to remember the busy-ness.  I want to remember this crazy time in our live for what exactly it is.  BUSY!

I've often said to Andy that this is the season of life that we are living through right now.  This is the time in our lives when both of us are working toward career goals, volunteering, coordinating our passions, and raising our little ones.  (And they ARE still little-ish! Shhhhh **sticks fingers in ears while singing la-la-la-la**) This is the time when we actually have to sit down once or sometimes twice a week to coordinate our schedules. YES, I've told Andy that we can share a calendar because this is 2016, but apparently he doesn't want me to know about all the time he spends in meetings all day at work.  Something is going on almost every night of the week: swimming lessons, parties, birth network meetings, board meetings, PTA meetings, etc, etc, etc.  The time fills up quickly, so quickly that Andy and I haven't had a real date in months at this point.

My therapist says that we are both work-a-holics.  I say she counsels too many addicts and soo she's projecting, but that's neither here nor there.  She also says that Andy and I need to take care of the third adult in our house: our marriage. We're working on it--ok, maybe we are work-a-holics.

Yes, I indeed am working on this many projects:
teaching 3 classes 3 days a week from 8-3 at USI
Listen To Your Mother Evansville
Doula Group of Evansville Business
    -birth doula clients
    -childbirth education classes 1x/week for 6 weeks
    -business stuff like taxes, social media, & money
Evansville Birth Network, once a month
Project Reveal grant writing & boad meetings once a month
Writing a Doula book
Turning my dissertation into a book
Writing 2 articles for publication
Book Review
Updating social media for my friend's company
Getting my workout on to hopefully run a marathon later this year

Yes, just looking at that list makes me tired.
Yes, I probably am trying to do too much, but I like it.
I'm also excited by all the projects I'm working on! I WANT to do them.  I am pursuing my passions with every single one of these things on that list.

So am I going to stop doing these things in the foreseeable future? Probably not.
Do I still have time to spend with my family? You betcha!
Does that mean that I don't have time for much else? Yes, but that's ok.  If you want to be my friend in this busy season of life, you have to be understanding.  You have to know that I'm probably not going to be able to hang out all the time.  You have to be ok with that.  Because I am.

This is what I mean when I say that I'm busy.  I'm not trying to garner sympathy here.  I'm not even trying to get an AMEN for all the great things I'm doing.  What I am trying to do is to gain a little perspective in my own life.  I write this blog for an accurate record of my life, and this post is just that: a record of what is going on in my life right now.

I know this season of busy will not last forever, but for now I am at peace with it.

H



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