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What do you do when life gets too busy? Over the past few months I have been thinking about all the things I do and what things I can eliminate to make life easier. But every time I go over it all in my head, there is nothing at all that I want to eliminate. I want to do it all. Everything I do, I absolutely love doing. Here is a list that does not include daily chores, appointments, and taking care of the baby.
You might say. “Wait, facebook is NOT a necessity!” But I say in this case it is.
I have my personal page which I use to keep up with family and friends. Being in the military, a lot of times this is the only way to keep up with my friends and family and let them keep up with my family.
Blog Fan Page:
This takes some work to keep up with, check stats, and answer comments. I keep up with it so I can have a better blog relationship with my readers.
Home Business Fan Page:
I work from home selling Lia Sophia Jewelry. Having a fan page helps me promote my business.
Military Wives Group:
Two years ago, I started a group on facebook called Wives at Robins AFB for wives stationed there. I plan monthly lunches and from there a Mommy & Me group was also started for wives. I set up a Bible study for married couples or for those or want to come alone and post other events as they come along. I also try to send out a monthly message with events and questions that come up.
Key Spouse Group:
I am a Key Spouse for my husband’s squadron. I started a group on facebook specifically for the spouses in the squadron. I post events happening and updates as well.
This too is not a priority, but it is something I want to keep up with if I ever want to become a writer later on. Right now I am doing the bare minimum with this blog which is much less than I would like. I post when I can at least once a week. But I do not have the time to answer comments although I read each and every one. I also don’t have much time to read other people’s blog either, and that is part of the whole blogging experience which is something I really enjoy as well. The point is I do what I can but I still do not have enough time to do what I should be doing.
I have four different email addresses that I have to keep up with on a daily basis. I am not sure how many emails I get in one day, but it’s a lot.
I have two personal email addresses. One I use constantly and the other I just made as a professional email, I don’t use it very often.
As a Key Spouse I was told I needed a separate email to communicate with the squadron spouses and the First Sgt. I keep up with that and send out updates and events through that.
I have an email for my blog. I was having all my comments and communication from my blog going to my personal email, but it got to be too much, so now I have a separate email so I can keep track of who I have replied to and who I haven’t yet. Plus answer emails about PR and other things.
Wives of faith
I write articles for www.wivesoffaith.org and help moderate in the forums.
I am a moderator and just try to keep up with the posts written and start new topics and such.
I also write and submit articles for the site when I can, most are the same ones posted here eventually.
I am currently posting a weekly Bible Study (Power of a Praying Wife) there.
Now, I know what your are thinking that I probably spend way too much time online, and I probably do and I have been cutting back some recently. But not only do I do these things online, but I also have to keep up with them on a daily basis. Not only do I post all those things on facebok, but I also attend the events, and make sure they are going smoothly. I have to make monthly calls and plan events for the squadron as a Key Spouse and also attend other events happening within the squadron. I am constantly sending emails with the people from the squadron, the first Sgt. and anyone else. My home business take up a lot of time too, which lately it has been falling to the wayside. I have to make packets, print out tons of papers, go and talk at parties, and all the other things I have to do to keep up with my business.
On top of all this I also work in the nursery at church twice a month. Sundays and wednesday nights are church. Thursdays nights are Bible study and Friday mornings are mommy and me group. Around all that I take Adam to appointments, go grocery shopping, pick up prescriptions, go to the bank and run various other errands.
Maybe it’s just me, but I see all these moms who do tons more things and seem to have it together and I just don’t know how they do it. They can do tons of stuff on top of three kids and a deployment and still keep up with their house. Or so it seems anyways. I just feel like I can’t do it all anymore. I want to drop maybe one or two things and start concentrating on my family and the house. I have been really convicted lately about doing my part as a wife and mom and I want to do better at it.
A lot of the things I do however are things I do not want to give up. I enjoy doing each and everything I listed and it’s hard to pick and choose what not to do. I love having a group on facebook for the wives and I love keeping up with that. Being a Key Spouse is busy, but at the same time I don’t want to let anyone down. My home business is fun and a lot of work. I want to make money but is it worth it? My blog and writing is part of my ministry I love doing it and love helping and encouraging others. I also want to use it to further my career. So you see my dilemma? All these things I love doing and do not want to give up.
I thought being busy was going to be the best. I don’t like just sitting at home alone and doing nothing. I like to be out and having something to do. Everyone says keep busy while your husband is deployed etc. Well I think I have enough to do, should he deploy anytime soon. While I may look like the mom in the picture above trying to juggle everything she does, I want to look like he mom in the picture below.
I guess you could say I am afraid to let go. I am afraid to look weak and afraid that if I don’t keep busy that my life will fall apart. I don’t know why, but that is how I feel. What do you do when life gets too busy?
(*DISCLAIMER: I do not want people to think that all I do is sit around the house and not attend to my baby or anything else. That is not true. I spend time online while the baby is napping or at night when he is in bed. During the day I can post and check most things from my phone in a matter of a few second so while it seems like I may be on all the time I really am not. I do enjoy playing with Adam and spending time with my husband.*)