I can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since I have had an opportunity to sit down and share my thoughts. It is so easy to get caught up in life and lose track of the very things that bring us joy and happiness. Last year I was hired by a company to be a virtual customer service agent. This has helped our family financially which has been great but it has also created a number of challenges for our family. The biggest challenge is that while I do get to work from home; 30 hours a week are devoted to my employer and my work responsibilities. This means that I have less time to spend with my family, less time to homeschool and less time to pursue the hobbies that help me maintain peace in my “Hectic Eclectic” world.
The decision to take on a part-time job was a difficult one because I truly enjoy being a stay at home mom. I realized though that if my husband and I were to realize our goal of home ownership we needed additional income. For the past 10 months, I have learned how to balance work, homeschool and my other responsibilities in our home and it has been a difficult journey. I realized a few weeks ago that I was so overworked that I was not enjoying life anymore and that is never a good situation to be in so I decided to take a step back. Luckily my job is very flexible and it wasn’t an issue for me to drop the number of hours I work weekly. It might take us a little longer to carry out our goals but it was the best decision I could make for myself and my family.
Finding balance in life is very important and if you are feeling stressed, fatigued and/or depressed these are symptoms of a life lacking balance. Take a moment to yourself to sit down and think about where your life is going. Many times the key to balance is simply readjusting your goals. While it is important to have goals in life it is equally important to check in every once in a while to make sure you are on the right path. If you burn out halfway towards your goals chances are you will never make it so make sure you check in with yourself and readjust as needed.
Making simple changes has helped me find the balance I need to be the best I can be as a wife, mother, and teacher. Life is still chaotic but I finally feel like I have the balance I need in this hectic eclectic life of mine.