Stay-at-Home Moms…When The Kids Are In School Full Time–How Do You Feel? How Does Life Change?

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Here I am sitting in café writing. I never do this-ever! I’m feeling really crunched for time lately. I’m here at the café writing because we live thirty minutes from our daughters’ school/dance classes and it seems silly to drive all the way home and then turn around and drive another half hour back when I’m already commuting a minimum of two hours a day. I’m trying to be more disciplined, organized, and efficient with my time. You’d think I’d have lots of extra time since I’m a stay-at-home mom and my kids are in 1st and 4th grade, but I don’t.

Life is busy and being a stay-at-home mom is busier than it may seem. There are so many things to do every day (I’m not sitting around doing nothing). Sometimes the work that I do seems invisible because it’s repetitive. Like making sure all the laundry is clean, cooking home-made meals every night, making egg-free lunches every day, washing dishes, cleaning the house, driving the kids to and from school and after school activities, helping with homework, volunteering at their school, quality family time, etc. The list goes on forever.

I’ve thought a lot lately about how working moms do it. I feel inadequate when I think about it. Sometimes I feel like maybe I should do more…Then I think about everything I do and I circle back to—I am doing a lot. I’m productive; I’m not lazy. How do working moms do it all!?!

Something has to give, right? More

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Body Image, Self-Esteem & the Box

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When I read If This is Progress Where the Hell Are We Going?  — The Girl Revolution, by Tracee Sioux, I felt compelled write about this topic. Tracee is asking the question: what is progress when it comes to body image and self-esteem? I’ve been pondering this question for quite some time now. More

Thoughts On Being Yourself…

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Did you make New Year’s Resolutions this year? This is the first year that comes close to me feeling as though I am making New Year’s resolutions. For the last several months, I’ve been working through some things that have enabled me to consciously make small shifts in my thinking and doing that will hopefully lead to bigger shifts that will continue to make me feel more fulfilled. More

Be Yourself

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When people ask, “What do you do”, I feel confused about how to answer that question. Sometimes I want to say that I’m a writer, editor, or an artist of sorts, but then I think just because some of my writing and edited material has been published doesn’t necessarily make me a “professional”, so I feel like I’m kind of stretching the truth if I say that I am a writer.

Hmm…what do I do for a living? I’ll tell you what I do…

I listen to my inner voice, follow my own unique path, pay attention to my surroundings, connect with an eclectic mix of people, and see where that all takes me.

Is that an acceptable answer? More

Why Are We Obsessed With Beauty? Is All This Attention on Beauty and Looks Healthy?

I can’t help but wonder what all the fuss is about. Why do we feel we need to look, dress, buy, think, and behave a certain way to be good enough? I’m not saying that I’ve never felt that I needed to be something other than myself to be accepted because, unfortunately–I have felt that way. What I’m questioning is why any of us ever feel that way in the first place? When and how does it start? At some point in our life, we all feel the pressure. More

Warning: Don’t Follow Hair Fads! Here Are My Reasons Why…

This is my Kindergarten picture.

My hair troubles started in Kindergarten when my mom took me and my naturally stick straight hair to get a “Shirley Temple” cut and perm. She meant well, but my hair was a wreck because it wasn’t the type of hair that was meant to be permed. Several sections were tight curls, while others sections were kinky angular kind of curls or stick straight stands that stood out from the curls. Not cute.

When I show friends my Kindergarten picture with my “Shirley Temple” wanna be hairstyle–no one can contain their laughter. Yeah, it’s pretty funny, but I cringe when I think of that picture. My perm had significantly relaxed and my mom had put considerable effort into making me look presentable for that picture. I still have nightmares about my hair being cut off.

I’ve had quite a few hair disasters… More

Let Whatever You Do Today Be Enough!

As I’m writing this, I am trying to ignore all of the bags of clothing, dry groceries, dirty laundry, and “to-do” lists that are scattered around the house from returning from an extended holiday weekend–our house looks like a bomb went off. The kids are asleep and I could be organizing and cleaning right now, but I don’t feel like it. We had a fabulous time with our friends over the weekend, a spectacular 4th of July, it’s sunny and suppose to be in the 80’s today, and I’m still on vacation mode, which is where I would like to stay forever. I know that’s not realistic, but… More

Motherhood is a No Bullshi**er ~ Guest Post by Andrea Owen

Andrea Owen rocks! She is funny, intelligent, open, caring, and inspiring. Andrea is also a speaker and Certified Life Coach. She is passionate about helping women empower themselves to live their own kick-ass life.

Here is Andrea…

Do I love my kids? Check!

Am I grateful for how awesome and healthy they are? Check!

Am I so happy I get to be a mommy? Check!

Is motherhood and being a stay-at-home-mom everything I’d always dreamed it would be? Ch—-

Er… no. More

Simple Nuances by Andrea Dodd

My life is illuminated in pristine imperfection. And I love it. I love it so much, I often have butterflies anticipating the simple nuances of my life.

Like this morning for example. More

Summertime

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The kids’ anticipation for summer break is growing. The jubilant energy buzzing through the air is spilling out of the classrooms and halls onto the playground and into our car as we drive away from school. I especially noticed it last Friday. There are still more performances, field trips, celebrations, and graduations to attend, but the kids are starting to ask on a daily basis, “How many days of school are left”…they don’t seem to care that the weather isn’t cooperating quite yet. They are just excited for a break. More

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