I recently applied to be an ambassador for a few different companies, and one of the questions I had to answer was to describe a good week. Now, I have a feeling any mother can attest that a good day let alone a good week is one where our children are carefree, tear-free and happy. But, let’s be honest ladies, seven days of tear-free happiness is near impossible – at least it is in my house with a five month old!
Out of the many questions I had to answer, this was the one I had to put the most thought into. I’m not sure why really, it seems fairly simple and easy. But, being a stay-at-home mom, often times I feel like my weeks are an unorganized disaster, and I’m constantly trying to sort my days to make sense and find sanity. After a bit of brain cranking, I came up with three “missions” that not only commensurate a good week, but are also important priorities where I want to focus my efforts in order to feel accomplished.
1. My daughter – she comes first! No matter what has to get done, the needs of my daughter have to be met first. Feedings, dirty diapers, story time and singing nursery rhymes – whatever she needs to not only be happy, but to continue learning, growing and developing on track undoubtedly comes first. If I accomplish this, I can check off my first mission to a good week from my list.
2. Responding to all my writing and blogging inquiries, and keeping up with maintaining and managing my own website. Every week for the last few months I receive emails, questions and requests that include anything from guest blogging, interviewing singer/songwriters, adding new recipes to my website, beta testing products – the list goes on. This is literally becoming a full-time job for me. Juggling the balance of mommyhood and blogging daily is equally rewarding as it is challenging and I’m actually falling behind on a few jobs that I accepted – yikes! So, next on my list of missions is to actually get through everything that comes my way each week! I’m loving all the “blog love”, jobs and attention, now I just have to learn how to keep up with it all. If I can successfully manage my blog life, it’s mission number two complete!
3. My family of three schedules a “family day” at least once a week. It doesn’t matter where the day takes us, as long as we spend it together, and include some sort of physical outdoor activity whether it be a walk or hike. The last three weeks I shut my phone completely off for the better part of our family days, and disconnected from the many social distractions that consume me. Surprisingly, I have found it quite liberating, and yesterday while out to lunch with my family, I urged my husband to do the same after he “checked us in” on Facebook at the restaurant we were at. As obsessed as I am with the world of social media and networking, placing 100% of my focus on my family feels far better than obsessing over every email, text message and newsfeed story. So, last but not least, and definitely my favorite, a disconnected family day once a week is my mission number three!
I basically figure everything else above and beyond all these, like a clean house and perfectly folded laundry are added bonuses. I almost want to email the company that asked this question on their ambassador application to thank them, because it was exactly what I needed to hone in and better plan out and prepare my weekly missions of a stay at home mommy!
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