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Life's to Busy

Working, raising kids, sporting events, cleaning, life is SO busy (as I'm sure many others agree) that I feel like I'm working and eating my life away. I keep saying I wil start my wellness program...tomorrow...but tomorrow seems to come and go so quickly that when tomorrow comes, it never seems to slow down long enough for me to jump on the wagon. My kids are growing up too quickly too. The next thing I'm going to know is that they have graduated and will be moving out. How do I slow down this crazy merri-go-round?

I have to work (7:00 - 3:30). I have to rush home to get the kids a snack then off to practices/games (5 days a week, plus some weekends). When we return, I have to cook then clean-up (almost everyday...although we eat out about twice a week). I also have to fit in time to accomplish tasks due to being a small business well as a volunteer. Then, I have to find time to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise (5 days a week). I feel like these are things I HAVE to do...and I HAVE to rush around in order to crunch it all in each day. Can you tell I'm desperate for answers (and a vacation)? :)

What do YOU do to slow life down in order to enjoy its gifts?

Wed. Apr 2, 8:11am

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OP here...oops, I'm so sorry about the title, which should read Life's TOO Busy (rather than "to" busy).

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 8:12 AM

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I enjoy life by remembering that there's nothing I HAVE to do. My kids don't need to be signed up for every activity they want, my house doesn't have to be picked up every single day, I don't have to have all the 'things' that require I work more, etc. We make family time and family dinners a priority - that's how we decide who can sign up for what, I get up at 5am to workout - that's 'me' time, and so on. We have a very simple, yet very fulfilling life. It's all by choice and by design.

I hope you find time for yourself - every mom needs it. Well, scratch that - you never FIND time, you have to MAKE time or it will never happen!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 8:55 AM

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You said it perfectly pp! My house isn't always clean (not filthy, but cluttered), and my kids do one activity per season. They go to after school programs so I can have gym time (or whatever needs to be done time). You're not just robbing yourself of "me" time, you're robbing yourself of time with your kids if you're rushing from one activity to the next. Do some sort of activity with them outside as a family and let the laundry pile up. So what? I'm sure you don't want this to be the example you set for them....if you're stretched too far then they're going to see it and model it one day.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 9:21 AM

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great advice ladies!

I want my kids to be kids, therefore, we only sign them up for one activity per season as well and we coach their teams. We figure we have to be there anyway, might as well get involved.

On weekends we make time for things like swimming in our pool, sliding down the hill and having a fire in the middle of the day during winter, jump roping, using sidewalk chalk, playing with bubbles, going for bike rides, etc. Our neighbors know our house is cluttered because we don't make a fuss about making sure everything is perfect. I've learned that a messy (not dirty) house is not a direct reflection on me. It means we're too busy enjoying our lives to clean.

I do, however, wish I had more time for the gym. I go on my lunch breaks for 30 minutes 5 days a week. It's not much, but if I don't do that, I won't get a workout it. I'm already up at 4:30 and don't go to bed until well after 10:00.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 9:46 AM

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9:46 - good for you for taking those 30 minutes! And 5 days a week no less! That's great. I love it when people carve that time out for themselves when it's so easy to throw up the hands and say, "I don't have time!"

I was just telling my husband the other day that it makes me feel good that the reason we don't things knocked off our To Do List very quickly is because we're having too much fun - either on our own or as a family :)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 10:41 AM

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this is 9:46 checking in. I am a TO DO list lover! Addicted to my TO DO lists. If I don't have them, I won't accomplish what I need to. And If I don't get things done, I'll get up at 2:00 am and do dishes and laundry just to mark those things off my list. Insane, I know!

I spent too many years not taking care of myself and letting myself gain weight and get out of shape. I know I should workout harder and make more time, but 30 minutes on my lunch hour is all I have. I make up the time on Friday afternoons instead of going home. It's a sacrifice to give up half days on Fridays, but I'm worth it.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 11:02 AM

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I feel the same, all the time. But here's what I have found:

Sacrifice a clean house for a healthy body.

Enlist help. Can your kids help you cook and your husband cleans up? Can you save a trip to the store by ordering groceries online? Can you hire someone for 10-15 hours a week to help with your business? Your own personal time is worth money, too!

Don't over commit. You do a lot for others, maybe you don't need to volunteer. You should volunteer to get yourself to the gym!

Leave half or a full day a week plan-free. No games, no work, no house cleaning, no volunteer work. For me, it's Sunday from 2:00 until bedtime. Whatever happens happens. A nap, a good workout, a movie, dinner out, whatever!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 11:34 AM

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I like the PP - but sheesh you guys are freakin' me out - I've got one little boy with another on the way and want more kids still. Our solution is no TV to spare quality time, but man - does life have to get so crazy with spouse and kids ? ?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 12:00 PM

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DO NOT BE A SLAVE TO YOUR HOME....LIVE YOU LIFE W/ YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS.. I am not saying never clean. assign days for certain chores, assign chores to certain people...delegate!!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 12:01 PM

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To 12:00

Enjoy the early years because I found that the schedule didn't ramp up until mine were in school. I used to kind of chuckle at those giant mom calendars people kept in their kitchens with everyone's activities markered in, thinking how on earth can anyone have that much to do and not be able to take care of it mentally???!!! Guess what, I have one and I live and die by that thing!! Gym time gets put in there too!!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 12:28 PM

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