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  1. […] This word doesn’t only have to do with letting go of things that have happened, but also with my incessant need to control everything and dominate life. My mentality that I have to be everything for everyone all the time. […]

  2. […] September brought Noah’s first real disappointment, our “little man” themed baby shower, and the harsh reality that I never would and never will be able to do it all. […]

  3. […] than the chaos that was last week, I’m finding myself entertained by my own attempts to maintain some sort of balance around the house right now. I’ve had one meltdown/freakout/crying spell (that one came on […]

  4. […] I can’t do it. I don’t know how to turn myself off and shut my mind down long enough. I’m sure that will change in the coming weeks when this baby boy arrives. I’m pretty […]

  5. […] Every Can’t, There’s a Can October 11, 2012 By Courtney | Leave a Comment The last few weeks, as I’ve mentioned, have been difficult. I’m tired. My body is worn out in preparing for this new baby boy to arrive in the next few […]

  6. Alexa says:

    I think this is a guilt that all working mothers feel. When I was still working full time, I LOVED my job too, but I was constantly feeling like I couldn’t do it all well. However, there are some days I think I was better at balancing life when I worked outside of the home than when I am here all of the time! 🙂 Just in reading your profile, you sound so much like me, I can understand exactly what you mean. I can only offer you the advice I was given. It went something like this – “Whatever you are doing, whether it is working, being a mom, being a wife, a friend, whatever… just be PRESENT. Don’t worry about what you’re doing well or not doing well. If you are PRESENT with the people who love you, present in your duties, your jobs, whatever it may be, you’ll do everything well.” I hope that I was able to capture that in a way that was as powerful to you as it was for me. And I’ve been able to enjoy my play time with my kids more, work harder when I’m working, and I’m trying so hard to be a more PRESENT wife.

  7. I’m amazed that you can do all you do and not go insane. I would be. But I feel strongly that you should have something for yourself, and if your work provides that you need to make time for it. Not to the exclusion of all else, of course, but it’s okay to find a balance.

  8. Kimberly says:

    Yes, exactly this. I had been having a horrible time juggling it all, but at the same time didn’t want to let anything go. We can’t do everything though. And tomorrow is a new day, a fresh start, guilt free.

  9. adrienne says:

    One will probably fall, Courtney. And that’s OK!! Don’t let that mommy guilt get you down!

    Wifery? I’m pretty sure that is a real word, no? Haha

  10. Shell says:

    I think it’s pretty much impossible to keep it all balanced. We have to find a way to fit in what we need to and what we want to- and know that sometimes, we have to sacrifice a little here and there. Sometimes it’s work, sometimes it’s family- but as long as we try to keep it even, it will balance out in the end.

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