If you're like me, you probably did the same thing I did after I just typed in the title of this post. A little snort, and a "what's that?" Extra time? Finding time? There's just not enough hours in the day! More and more often, I find myself saying to my husband as I fall into bed at night, "if I just had a few more hours in this day."
I have women ask me all the time - how do you do it? And how do you get it all done? Run a business, take care of a family, volunteer at church, find time to be creative and make things, spend time with friends? Most of the women that ask me this question are right where I am - young women with young families. Small children that just sometimes wear you out before your feet even hit the floor in the morning. Husbands that feel less like romantic partners, and more like teammates on a relay race that you're always passing the baton back and forth to. And creative spirits that are just about shriveled up, with no energy left to let the juices flow!
I'll let you in on a little secret. In reality, I don't get it all done. I would love to, don't get me wrong. But I don't. I do love when I get asked this question though, because it makes me feel like at least I'm getting enough done to make it look good! It does help that I'm a type A personality with a knack for juggling a lot of things at the same time. But at the end of the day, I'm just like you. Wishing for a few more hours, yet craving my sleep even more! I'm going to be doing some posts on various ways to get things done and marked off that list. Simple ideas that I hope will give you a few extra minutes to breathe.
I'm finding as life gets more hectic, and the stressors get heavier, that I need that time to breathe. I so want that time. We're not great when we run on empty. We're still good, no doubt, but not great. But I have that desire to be great. A great wife, a great mom, a great friend, a great woman. I don't want to settle for good. With the direction our life has taken, my husband and I both running our own businesses, a five year old with energy and creativity oozing from every pore, and a three year old that we've been fighting an almost two year battle for, I need that time to breathe.
Let's talk about easy ways to get things done. Simple gifts we can make with very little budget, even less time, and a lot of creativity. Time savers that we just couldn't live without. Thoughtful ways we can love our families without draining ourselves. Carving out a few precious moments for ourselves, but making them really count.
I'd love to hear your ideas on what you'd like to see and read about. Maybe it's something that is just your beast. That one household chore that you just can't ever seem to get a handle on. Maybe it's quick ways to love your family out loud. Maybe it's tackling that never ending to do list. Whatever it is, I would love to hear it, and find ways to figure it out with flair! In doing this, I'm hoping that our children will be delighted, our hubbies will feel like their wife is back, and those creative juices will start flowing again. Because if you're anything like me, in all of these, is where I find my joy, and there is where I find me again.