How do you DO it all?

“How do you DO it all?”

I have to smile whenever someone asks me this question, because I know that I really don’t “DO it all.”  I think bloggers in general fall under the misconception that we do more than most people, because our lives are posted on the Internet for all to see.  (By the way, with the help of WordPress I can schedule blog posts weeks in advance.  I can sit down to write when I have the time, and stay away from the computer completely for days if necessary.)  In reality, bloggers don’t necessarily DO more than others, they just photograph it and write about it afterward.  Like everyone else, choosing to DO one thing, means that I am choosing not to DO another thing.

Here are a few of things I DO:

However, there are a lot of things I have chosen not to DO:

There are only 24 hours in each day, so each of us must choose what to do with those hours.  Recently I have been reminded again that “Comparison is the Thief of Joy” and that saying “No” is not always a bad thing.  If you find yourself envying others, and wondering how they “DO it all,” take some time to reevaluate your priorities.  Are you making the time to DO the things that you value most?  If so, then be content with what you DO, and don’t worry about the things that you don’t DO.

What are some things that you have chose to DO or not DO at this time in your life?

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4 Responses to “How do you DO it all?”

  1. Jessica says:

    I love this! It is something that I’ve really been reflecting on as I transition from a working mom to a stay at home mom. All I’ve really ever known is everything on the “I do” list. Working on eliminating things from the “I do” list to keep quality in the things that I keep!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you! It is such a big transition from working-mom to stay-at-home mom. Our careers are such a part of our identity, dreams, validation, and feelings of progress and success. I used to mumble, “Oh, I’m just a mom” and avoid eye contact with those who asked, but now I try say with confidence, “I’m a full-time stay-at-home mom” and maintain eye contact with a smile. The mom blogging community and other moms I know have really helped me to find my new identity in being a mommy. I’ve really learned to value the lessons I’m learning at home with my kids, and I know that if/when I return to teaching, I will be a far better teacher for what I’ve learned in these years. (One teacher I knew swore she never looked at her students the same after she became a mother, indicating that she understood them and empathized with them much more after raising her own kids.) It’s actually very easy to be incredibly busy as a stay-at-home mom, so I find that I frequently have to protect our family time so that we can have a peaceful life and a sense of routine. Anyhow, (sorry for rambling) you’re completely right!

  2. Leanne says:

    This is a fantastic post! Thank you so much. I try to write honestly on my blog – to give an accurate picture of my life. Of course I leave out the awful moments, dirty dishes, and bad attitudes. This is a fantastic list and a wonderful way to share your life. Thanks so much!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you, and you’re welcome! I think you’re right to try to write honestly and accurately about your life (while protecting your privacy of course). I think your readers will be drawn to a person who is “real” more than a person who is “perfect.” 🙂

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