Navigating the hard choices

February 15, 2017

Over the weekend I was having a conversation with a mom who works part time.  She was sharing with me the conflict that she feels between being at home with her kiddos and being at work.  Always sort of feeling pulled between the two.

I can totally relate…even though I am a stay at home/work from home mom. I feel like I’m always making tough choices. Today even is a great example – my assistant is here. She helps with my business and she helps with my little peanut. It’s a great deal but doesn’t always flow seemlessly.

Today for instance he is working on his molars (which is a total bitch by the way). He hasn’t slept great the last few nights and today he doesn’t feel great.

How do I pass off my baby boy when I know he doesn’t feel well???

But at the same time, how do I not work when I only have these very small pockets of time when I can???

What I’ve come to realize (and mostly accept) is that there is always this sort of push pull feeling happening. The reason it’s there is because we have multiple really important things in our lives…and strangely we can’t do it all, be it all or have it all in this very instant.

For me…I’m almost always feeling like I’m trying my very best…but doing a half ass job. I have to remind myself to stop multitasking, to carve out specific times to do specific things. I’ve had to set some serious boundaries around my phone since I now have full 24/7access to my business in the palm of my hand.

I never fully go from one role to the next. My mom hat is always on – and I think that’s part of the role, right? So we’re always a mom and these other pieces and parts that are still really important have to fit in where they can.

Sometimes that can feel hard and frustrating (like the other day I told my hubby I was going  for some me time…to the flipping grocery store) but it’s what I choose. I’ve become much better at navigating the hard choices – trying to make space for everything as much as possible, but I don’t always do a good job.  When one thing is done that most certainly means several other things are not.

Interestingly enough, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Emily xox

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