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TIME MANAGEMENT FOR MOMS

Balancing Work, Home, Kids, And That Elusive Thing Called Self-Care

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Do you drive home from work, using that much-needed time to decompress, to shift gears from “corporate mindset” to “Mommy mode”? To a house that needs to be cleaned up, to kids who need help with homework, disputes, laundry, showers, processing of emotions, discipline, and love. Do you gear up to make dinner, get things in order, connect with the kids and do all the things necessary just to maintain? Perhaps in the shift of world events, you’re working from home with kids, trying to figure out d…

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The Importance of Unplugging

Having a phone or computer sitting in front of you lets your family and friends know that they're important - until something more important comes up.  I feel this in my life when I'm on call for work.  I go about my life, but when my phone goes off, that call takes precedence.  I don't want my family and friends to feel that way at any other time.  I've been very conscious of my phone and internet time for a few months now. And realizing the importance of unplugging. 

If I'm on the computer,…

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How I Find Balance with Sleep

I write about balance quite a bit.  It's not because I'm an expert on how to balance my life.  Being asked to write on the subject has helped me become better, though and writing helps me to process how to continue that trend.

Sleep.  We need it.  We want it.  It feels amazing when you get enough.  It's easy to search the health benefits and anyone who hasn't gotten enough - most of us - knows how awful you feel.  I run every Sunday morning at Reno Running Company at 8 am.  I love the people,…

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The Truth About Balancing Life with The Calendar

Ahhhh, yes.... the calendar.  I have one I carry with me ( AKA "my life") and one at my house on the fridge.  I try to keep the one at home updated so everyone knows what's going on, but if I fall short, that's where it would be.  Having a calendar isn't an issue for me.  How much that's on it is the issue.  Balancing takes some amount of organization.  Organization starts with prioritizing.  I am but one person.  

There are some things that can't be changed or changed very little.  

Work is p…

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Get Rid of the Negativity...Here's Why

This will be a series of posts since balancing is a subject I can't seem to write about enough.  It's constantly evolving due to the kids ages, life changes, illness, races, work, injury, etc...

There is always so much in life we juggle

There is always so much in life we juggle

The only constant in my life is change.  Some big, some small but all things impact balance.

Here's the breakdown:

STRESS & GUILT SCHEDULING:  
THE CALENDAR

WORK

FITNESS
DOWNTIME

FAMILY TIME
PARTNER TIME
PRIORITIZING & GOALS
TIME MANAGEMENT
COMMUNICATION

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Sometimes You Have to Do It: Sleeping In

I slept in. Seriously, my kids asked if I was sick because I never, never sleep past 7:30 and that's a late morning. But today I must have needed it because I woke up at 7:30, went to the bathroom, figured I'd just lay and relax for a few minutes and wake up slowly and when I opened my eyes it was 10.  TEN!!!!  Holy cow!  I feel like a new person today and very, very relaxed.

Tomorrow I have a trail race that I'm pretty excited about.  7.5 miles and hard on trails I've trained on - not regularl…

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Ideas to Raise Your Own Self-Esteem

Years ago in what seems like another life, I volunteered my time teaching classes to adults through the Head Start program in Alaska, which offered daycare and meals to low-income families. I enjoyed my seminars and I firmly believe that making a difference in a small way in one person's life is worth putting in some time and effort. That small difference in how a woman feels about herself can begin a domino effect of life-altering changes. My classes were on Reducing Stress or Raising Self Este…

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Organizing - For Work or Running, It's In The Bag

I have running "bags" in a couple of locations and I think hope I've gotten pretty good at bringing what I need and not a lot of extras.  At the salon I work at we each have quite a bit of storage. I'm so thankful for this. We have our work stations which are fantastic, but we also each have two lockers. The cabinets are about 7' tall, so I'm able to store all my salon needs as well as a couple of shelves dedicated to other things.

 

My "work bag" includes a sports bra, tank top, t-shirt, and …

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Keeping a Dream Journal

I have a dream journal. It started out because I read a book called Wear More Cashmere.  I received this book for Mother's Day years ago and I adore it.

I LOVE MY INNER PRINCESS!!! 

After reading this, I looked at other books by this author and they're good but this one is still my favorite.  In Cashmere, she suggests 151 things to do for yourself.  Some require money, many do not.  One of her suggestions was to have a "Dream Journal".  To write down things that you'd like to do or purchase,…

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Getting it All Done with Sticky Notes and Lists

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Image by Adrian Wallett via Flickr"]Post-It Note Art Collage (PINAP) I love sticky notes and lists. Sticky notes and lists help me to not forget - if there's more than 3 things on that grocery list I can guarantee I'll forget. I could be frustrated by this fact, however I just chalk it up to who I am and make the darned list. I'm always going in a million directions at once and it's just not worth it to stress about something so, well, fixable. They also keep me accountabl…

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