Fitting it all In…Or not.

Happy Wednesday! I just completed a 7 mile run and I’ve convinced myself that if I wait to do my training runs during the hottest part of the day, it can only help me come race day, right?! Here’s to hoping.

After my run, I stopped and did some stretching near a local park bench and heard something I’ve never heard before (or paid attention to?) :A waterfall! I walked over to check it out and imagine my surprise when I saw this:
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I’ve lived here pretty much my whole life and I had no idea this existed. After my marathon is over, I think I’m going to explore the world of trail running. I didn’t realize Milwaukee had such awesome trails.

I’ve been thinking a lot about life, fitting it all in and being the mom that can do it all. It’s no secret that I enjoy being busy. If I’m not training for one thing, I’m studying for something else. I used to think that I functioned better with busy chaos in my life, but that was pre-Madelyn. I didn’t really have to put anything before myself, I could just do whatever, whenever.

I realized about a month ago, that I was in over my head and that I cannot, in fact, do it all. Enter re-evaluating priorities.

Number 1 priority?
family

These two loves of my life. When I signed up for the marathon, the first thing my husband said to me was, “Make sure you’re not taking on too much.” My response?  “Don’t worry babe, I got this!” And I did, but at the cost of other things.

Barre instructor training, although very fun, was very time consuming. I initially thought that I’d give up my Monday mornings and that would be it. But once I started teaching, I realized that I had to put in a lot of time outside the studio to really do a great job. I didn’t think I’d have any problems since I’d started taking barre classes years ago, but it’s so much different being on the other end as opposed to being a client. It was taking the fun out of barre for me and I promised myself that when it stopped being fun, it wasn’t worth it to me. I also missed having my Mondays off and spending time with my little tot. She’s going to be two this week and to say that time has flown by would be an understatement. I want to cherish these early years as best as I can before I’m no longer “cool”.
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Oh, and then there’s my actual job.
MariaCampbellAs much as I love having hobbies, I need to realize that not only am I a wife and mom, but I also work 10 hour days. Which turns out to be 12 hours with commute time/getting the little one to daycare. So that extra Monday off is completely necessary.

That’s about where we are right now. I know that I can do anything I put my mind to, I just can’t have it all at once. So I’m taking a big, deep breath of fresh air, focusing on one thing at a time, and cherishing every moment I have with those that matter most. Because that, after all, is what life’s really all about.
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2 thoughts on “Fitting it all In…Or not.

  1. Traci August 14, 2014 / 10:25 am

    Truth. Sounds like you are doing a great job right now with your awareness that the small things are most important!

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  2. marilyn gonzalez August 15, 2014 / 9:19 am

    I really enjoyed reading this post. Loved Madelyn singing also on facebook. It really is hard to get it all in sometimes. Even with being retired, I cannot get done with the things I really want to do. Water arobics will be over soon. I will go back to the gym to get my exercise. But for you, I am sure with working and all, it does get a little difficult at times. Love you. Will miss being there on Sunday. Hugs and kisses for everyone. Grandpa, Grandma, and Ohma

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