How Do You Do It?

This blog generates a generous amount of email that I thoroughly enjoy.  One question I get asked over and over is, "How do you do it all?" and variations thereof.

I always chuckle when someone asks me that because I don’t ever recall claiming to "do it all" and I would NEVER claim to do it all WELL! 

My husband has always said I have two speeds – stop and go.  And that sort of sums it up.  I love to be busy so I tend to go go go, and then I crash.  When I get going on something, I have tunnel vision.  This means, when I get into a blog design, or I’m in the mood to blog (or blab, there’s a fine line!) everything else falls by the wayside.  In fact, right now I am in the middle of a HUH-UGE project that I just started on a whim this weekend, never imagining what I was getting myself into, and at the moment the house is a disaster and my family had a sad collection of leftovers for dinner.  (As for the project, you’ll have to wait and see, but I’ll give you a little hint.  There will be lots of holiday gift ideas involved!)

So do it all?  Notsomuch.

In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I have some house help.  I could not do the design work that I do without her.  She does the heavy cleaning every other week.  Of course, the picking up, helping kids with homework, cooking, and laundry never ends, but it is such a relief not to worry about the major cleaning.

Also, my kids are in school.  I have 2 mornings a week with no kids at home.  I often spend that time working on blogs or design work.  I’ve also been known to work when the kids are around.  Ahem.  There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood for them to play with, and my youngest is pretty good at entertaining herself.

Beyond that, all I know to say is that I thrive on busyness.  I am highly sociable and love the interaction that blogging, designing, and twittering brings into my home.  Before I found blogging, I had a social network of friends online at Babycenter.com.  I still chat with those ladies via email every day although our email group isn’t nearly as busy as it once was.

And ultimately, some things just had to go when I started blog designing.  For example, I used to keep my scrapbooks up to date with intricate designs.  For a while I lowered my expectations and just made sure to get my photos into albums with basic labels.  Now it’s been over a year since I updated my scrapbooks.  My husband used to joke that I had yesterday scrapbooked.  And I usually did.  My how times have changed!

The other hobby I’ve neglected is cooking.  I used to watch the Food Network religiously and plan and cook gourmet meals.  Between my stomach issues, trying to save pennies, and blogging, I have let that hobby fall by the wayside as well.  Sorry, Hub!  (My kids couldn’t care less, but my husband misses my fancy meals.)

When I’m on the computer, I’m constantly multi-tasking.  I’m also fast.  And truthfully, I don’t do everything as well as I’d like to.  Sometimes to get everything done, you have to lower your expectations.  Prioritizing is key.  All in all, we find time for what we want to do.  And that’s the best answer I’ve got! 🙂