Monday, October 03, 2011

Life as a Circus

No one told me, when I chose to become a mother, than one of the life skills I would desperately need would be juggling.

Huh? How does life become a circus act? And I’m just the sideline performer. :)

I thought I juggled a lot in college: a full-time student (minimum 5 classes) and 3 part-time jobs. But now I juggle 2 kids, 2 schools, 2 jobs, 1 husband, writing, and a house that never stays clean. Some days one thing will need the most attention (like kids), then other days I can compensate and go a different direction (like writing).

But the hardest part of juggling is the balance. Its actually easy for me to go gung ho in one direction. That focus is the part I enjoy. What’s hard for me is balancing that with something else that can’t be forgotten entirely, like my writing. I try to spend SOME time each day with it, even if its only 15 minutes of plotting. And that is much more difficult than an entire day immersed in my characters and plot.

Guess I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way! But I get by with the help of my friends... the Playfriends, my sister, accountability partners, and even sometimes the dear Hubby. :)

So tell me, what’s your hardest juggling act?


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Smarty Pants said...

Right now I have all three rings of the circus running at once. I anticipate things to go awry at any moment. Bit by a lion. Set on fire by a flaming baton. Eaten by a clown...

Angel said...

Eaten by a clown?!?! Are you trying to give me nightmares? :)

Playground Monitor said...

Now that I'm an empty-nester, life is more like a roller coaster than a juggling act. Yeah, I juggle a little, but it's only two balls instead of eight or ten. But that roller coaster! UP and DOWN and round and round and twist and turn and I better stop before I make myself sick.

Instigator said...

Just this weekend I was whining and asking to get off the roller coaster. I used to be a daredevil when it came to that kind of stuff...I'm becoming stuffy in my old age.

And I agree...eaten by a clown?!? :-)


Cheryl said...

I am more like PM - it's more like a roller coaster now. The ups and downs. I used to be good at scheduling; now not so much. I guess as I have gotten older I have developed ADHD. I can be writing and OH LOOK a bunny...There I go.

Angel said...

So life is more like an amusement park than a circus? :)


alinaduffer said...

I'm with you all, its definetly a circus. Well aside from the eaten by a clown part, that totally freaks me out, lol! Right now I juggling three kids, two different schools, a hubby, a crazy dog, my writing and trying to start my own cake business. So yeah crazy!