But I'm working on it! One of the things I did to try to make more time in my life for art (ie, relaxation) is meal planning. My family will tell you...since I had MM, my cooking skills have seriously declined. So Wednesday, my son and I went shopping, and purchased ingredients for 7 main dishes. After I got the baby to bed, we stayed up and prepared 7 gallon zip lock bags with a meal each. We tested the first one out yesterday: Sausage and White Bean Soup. My son dumped the bag and chicken broth into a crock pot, and when I got home dinner was ready! It was wonderful to just sit down with my family and eat...no wondering what to eat...no scrambling to make something. Afterwards, we all enjoyed a walk together. I hope it's the first night of a better balanced life...one where I'm not coming home from work, scrambling to cook dinner, then putting the baby to bed, and passing out from exhaustion. Maybe after a few more weeks of working on life balance...I'll have time for art again!
I'll share my progress here...as well as tips that help. Who knows...maybe I'll help some other mama out there by sharing my struggles...and my progress!
Here are some things that I'm doing to help find balance:
- Link to Who Needs a Cape Blog. This is where I found the list of meals: http://whoneedsacape.com/2014/02/7-meals-1-hour-slow-cooker-crockpot-freezer-meals/
- To Love, Honor, and Vacuum by Sheila Wray Gregoire. I'm only 2 chapters in, but his has been a good read so far. I can really relate to the scenarios in the first couple of chapters, and I can't wait to read the rest. It's about finding balance and JOY in your housework. I feel a lot of resentment instead of joy...and just plain tired. I haven't even been taking time to do my physical therapy homework or sleep a full night. I think this book will help me let go of my desire for perfection (which I'm far from attaining) to embrace a more God-centered, joyful life.
- Dumping the guilt. I struggle with working-mom guilt, but I'm trying to let that go. So tonight I asked my husband to put the baby to bed while I sit here and type this blog. And...that's ok. Really, I'm not going to feel guilty for asking for help...or letting someone take care of MM.
Peace and Love to all of you!