I found this in my “Drafts” folder from last summer – I wanted to share it with you because it is a peek into the process that led me to decide that I really was not in a season where I want to spend lots of time on the computer. If things happen organically, that is one thing…however, pursuit of an audience is not my number one priority right now. I learned that when I went to BWF in Austin (read about that aha moment HERE).
And I can also see that my reality check was way off. The reality is that making my kiddos a priority means that blogging regularly isn’t going to happen. I am enjoying reaching out to you this summer while we are on a hiatus from our homeschool days…after that, we will have to wait and see what happens.
July 25, 2014
It has been five weeks since we have been without our nanny. Life is MUCH different without her. I am not only in charge of homechooling and guiding our Sweet Peas – now I have to be a housekeeper, too. I get to do all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. It is not for the weary or faint of heart.
We did really well the first two weeks. Now, six weeks into it, the house is not as tidy as a like it, the laundry takes a couple of days to go from “dry” to “put away”, and we are eating A LOT of quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Thank goodness for summertime produce – at least the Sweet Peas are eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables with their carbs and cheese.
By virtue of our summer plans, every year the nanny gets a 2-month sabbatical from the wild, wonderful circus that we are. While it is great for all parties involved, it continues to be my yearly reality check. I often tell people how grateful I am for my loving husband who recognizes that in order to homeschool, work on my writing, and support our students from our Bradley classes that I really *cannot* do it all. I love and appreciate him all the more for his hard work that affords us the luxury of a nanny when we are without her.
It also makes me reflect on what I really want for myself and for our family. Is it really important to be a up on the latest and greatest research, and trying to be a social media maven: building an audience, tweeting and Instagram-ing all day long? Not if it means that Crazy Mama shows up…because I haven’t gotten enough rest…because I am trying to keep up with it all when I should be sleeping. I can truthfully say that I don’t like her very much, and that is not the person I want around our Sweet Peas.
So far, it has been a good “dress rehearsal” for the upcoming school year. When our nanny is around, the last three hours of her day with us after we finish “school” is usually “me time”. It is the time I use to work on writing, post to our blogs, answer emails, make phone calls, meet a friend for lunch…in all likelihood, that is going to be gone next year.
For the first time, I will be “officially” homeschooling all four children this September. Otter and Charger will be working on the Sonlight PreK Core together; Night Owl and Puma are starting on Sonlight Core C (Intro to World History – II) together. My time to homeschool has increased by at least another 2 hours. So if I want to exercise, homeschool, sleep, breathe and pray….you guessed it – the computer time is going to take a lower priority. to say nothing of being the supportive spouse I want to be to Coach Bruss. Yikes.
My foray into the social media world has been wonderful. I enjoy connecting with other like-minded individuals from all over the world, and learning from them based on what they share about what they know. I would be sad to give it all up. I really like to be scheduled, so this summer is a great opportunity to play with that schedule and see just how it’s all going to fit in if I want to have computer time – and I do want to squeeze it in!!
I cannot help but go back to, “But, Peaceful Mama!” At the end of the day, my children will not care if I got to interact with the amazing people I learn from on the internet, or the latest and greatest research that I read and can use to improve our classes. Especially if Crazy Mama shows up and takes a shift or two. We all hate it when she shows up – it means that yelling and sad tears became part of our story.
Recognizing that I can be two mamas and which one shows up is up to me – that is part of the lesson I learned when I did the life coaching with Blue Russ last summer. I know I feel better about my role as a mother (and myself as a person!) when Crazy Mama who yells and carries on is on vacation, and Peaceful Mama who operates from a place of trust and respect that honors our children as whole, complete and worthy individuals is the one running the circus.
As I keep going back to my desire to be Peaceful Mama every minute of every waking moment, then I have to start to embrace the idea that I cannot do it all. I am human. I have to find joy in what I can do, and keep in mind that I am being who I need to be so that I can mother the way I want to mother – Peacefully. If I am meant to be the public speaker that I want to be, then I need to keep in mind that the door will open when the time is right.
Until then, I must keep attending to the four people that inspire me to be better and do better every day. They deserve Peaceful Mama, and have a right to my time and my energy above everything and anything else because we chose to invite them into our lives intentionally, and they are wonderful gifts that are to be enjoyed, as the saying goes, In The Present.
I also want to be the best childbirth educator and mentor that I can be to the students that chose us to walk on the journey of birth with them. I want the students attending classes as new parents to get a great, fresh class every week. Most of the focus is to help prepare them for the BIrth-Day. We know that is just the beginning of the journey! We want to be a place for them to come for help and guidance. I get the same answer: we cannot do that if I am too tired, or short on time to answer questions or respond to emails.
So I guess I found my truths:
1.) Peaceful Mama + Loving Wife
2.) Best childbirth instructor I can be
3.) Everything else
What are your truths? How did you discover them?
The one things I can see is that my priorities were right on. The Sweet Peas and I are so good with Peaceful Mama being in the driver’s seat more than 90% of the time. And, connections with our students over the last three classes felt to be in a good place, too. So, writing everything down ended being like a goal-setting. It worked out well this time!!