For the last 2 years, I’ve been able to gather up the time to get really creative for the girls’ birthdays. This year is so different- Holly is going to be five next Friday and I can’t imagine throwing a party.
All through university I was blessed enough not have to work- school was my job.
This round of college, I’ve had to stay working to be able to afford life and at this point, halfway through the semester, I realize how hard it is.
I tweeted about this the other day- I frequently find myself spending all day working on tedious school work, then having to pick up Holly from the bus and immediately start getting ready to go to work until 9:30 p.m..
I mean, sure, 9:30 isn’t late. But really, when I have to wake up at 6:40 a.m. everyday to get Holly ready for school and start the same routine over again, it gets exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t work every day- only part-time. It’s just the sheer difference between not working to doing it all.
Playing so many roles (mom, girlfriend, student, worker, and all the other jobs that come along with being a mom) is harder for me right now than it’s ever been.
It’s weird, everything has been awesome and I’ve been really happy. I think that’s because I thrive under pressure. The only thing that’s been getting to me is that this year, for the sheer reason that I don’t have the time or resources, is that I can’t give Holly a really cool themed party.
We’ve found a good alternative in choosing to go to a Waterpark with just our immediate family, but it really still kills me that I don’t have time to give her a party like I have years before.
Ahhh, the struggles of parenthood. If there’s one thing this post tells me, it’s that the work-life balance is really hard. I’m dealing best I can, but I’ve only been at this for 2 months.
How do you balance work and life?