A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Keeping Your Balance

on January 11, 2013

From the Daily Compass:

Life always seems to feel like a tricky balancing act. Most of us carry on our heads the competing needs of our work and our family, our parents and our children, our communities and our own personal needs. The trickiest part of all is to come at the whole task with good humor and delight in the day.

How will you find a moment of joyful balance today?

It is very difficult sometimes for me to balance everything. The main problem is money. Everything takes money. It even takes money to work. I work a job where I drive 1000 miles a week and spend $1000 a month on gas. I am not reimbursed. Then, I have to spend gas money if I want to go anywhere – to see friends, participate in the SCA, or take my kids to see their friends. I homeschool, work, participate as an officer in a non-profit group, and take care of my family. My mom goes to doctors a lot. I need to be there for her. My husband is going to school and I need to be there for him. He seems like he just can’t do anything on his own. I am pulled in so many directions. I want to quit work so that I have more time to dedicate to my family, but I can’t. We need the money to survive. I am not joyful. I can’t be joyful when my life is so hard. I try to be. I spend time with my family as much as I can. They take my mind off of things. But, I am usually so tired from work that I fall asleep on the couch. I have no idea what I am going to do. I guess I will figure it out. Erin is trying to find work. Maybe something will come through. We will see.

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