Real Talk: Lately I’ve Been Building Much More Than I’ve Been Balancing

I’m both excited and disappointed about this post and I just started writing it! Why am I excited? Oh, thanks for asking? I’m excited because it’s been over almost two weeks since my last post and I’m finally taking some time to write. So why am I disappointed? I’m disappointed because I’m just now taking some time to write when almost two weeks have passed since my last post. Yup. That’s where I am right now. In my current six in one hand, half a dozen in the other mentality, I’ve really been busy, tired, excited, optimistic and feeling good.

Here’s what’s going on…

The school year is in full swing. I drive for 35 to 45 minutes every morning to bring one of our children to school. The other two just walk down the steps, get their things from our school cabinet and sit at the kitchen table. Keeping up with a ninth graders adjustment to a new school with a rigorous, highly respected, sometimes stressful academic program feels relatively easy. Other people are doing most of the work.

Refining sixth grade and twelfth grade curricula, planning lessons, grading assignments, reading papers, searching for books, videos and interesting lab projects, and of course, teaching, usually takes two to five hours of my day. It depends on how much of a subject I already know and how far ahead I’m planning.

Some of their assignments are scheduled through mid-December, our ending point for this semester. Others are only a few weeks out. Since we have a senior I’m also guiding her through college applications, standardized tests, essays, interviews, internships and volunteer activities. In a few years w8ell have a future Nurse Practicioner – Midwife in our midst. I’m doing all that I can to make sure she’s on track. Meanwhile I’m chauffeuring our future Optometrist and encouraging our future Chef/Astrologer/Soccer Team Owner.

I’ve started a business for myself, my husband and I have started a non-profit organization, and we have rebooted an old business that we had prior to moving away from New Orleans. I currently have one client for whom I provide consulting services and I’m looking for more. I’m also scheduled to speak at a health fair at the end of this month. My husband and I are selling produce at affordable prices in a community where fresh food isn’t always easy to find. We’re also maintaining a community space that has existed for years but has, at various times, become an eyesore. We’re very thankful for the opportunity to keep it beautiful and useful.

I started exercising about a month ago. I did a great job during the first week and have completely fallen off the wagon since then. I eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and eat meat in moderation. I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth so I won’t say that avoiding sweets is a victory. It’s just my preference. With all that I know about aging, and the limitations of the systems created to assist older people, I am determined to increase my level of exercise. It’s imperative for good health as we age and I fully intend to be a vibrant, fun, active old lady in about 40 years.

I still write here and there. I always have a journal somewhere within my reach. I just haven’t had time to sit down, write, edit, find pictures, rewrite… you know what I’m saying. Lately, instead of writing I’ve started recording videos of my thoughts. I can do it while I’m doing other things and it’s a way for me to share without getting off track.

So that’s what’s been going on with me. I’m building far more than I’m balancing but I recognize what’s going. Much like what I’m doing for my client, I am developing systems and processes for myself. I know that I can do all things because Christ gives me strength. I also know that most of the time things have to be done one step at a time. I just keep putting one foot ahead of the other, walking toward all of my goals.

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