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As a wife, mama, photographer, blogger, private music teacher one day a week, running a jewelry business with the mister, in the middle of building our house, life gets busy might we say! I could go on and on about how busy we are, but guess what, we all are busy. It’s life! We are back in full swing with our busy fall semester and I find myself wanting balance in life.
Balance to the busy.
Balance in the busy.
Balance with the busy.
It’s a daily challenge, and again, I think we can all relate! A few ways I’ve found to help recharge and balance life is to:
1- Stop Comparing Yourself to Others. This doesn’t seem like one that is talked about often but it certainly needs to be practiced! With a huge push in the social media world all we see are the happy moments, the meaningful moments, the picture perfect moments, and the moments we want everyone to see. I’m guilty, my hand is raised, we don’t show the stressful moments, the moments you can’t figure out what your toddler wants but is whiney all afternoon or the moments my expectations weren’t quite met and I’m grumpy. Yeah those days, I don’t showcase those. Then when I start to compare myself to others it begins to have a dangerous and slippery slope in life. I have to stop. Stop and not compare myself to others. It’s a dangerous place to be.
2- Do for Yourself. As a mom we are always busy for others. What are 3 things you could make priority in your own personal life? i.e. health, exercise, friends, journaling or relationships, etc…. Focus on taking some time for this to happen in your life. Don’t start with all 3, start with 1.
3- Do for others! I know that’s quite contradictory from #2 but it’s a huge outlet that we need to truly capitalize on. Why? Because when we do for others we actually in turn begin to be so grateful for our lives and family. It’s a means in which we have to keep balanced, but choose one small idea a week to do something to encourage another. Whether it’s a hand written note of encouragement, a cookie to a neighbor, or something as simple as being there for your family during family time! Oh the struggles are real in our mama lives!
4- Spend time with those you love. This is what will truly matter in the long run. Put aside the social media, put aside yourself and put aside being too busy with others that you can’t spend time with your family. All of the other three are important, don’t get me wrong but your tribe, your squad, that’s who will be there when you need them in 10 years. Not the Instagram friend you’ve never met but have followed for the past 3 years, not the celebrity you follow on FB nor the star in the Netflix show you have to catch up on. Not a one of those things will matter in 10 years, but you know what will, the time and memories you’ve made with the ones you love.
Don’t get so busy in life you can’t prioritize and learn to balance life.
As we’re approaching the fall season I’ve been wanting something warm and tasty but something that’s not the “usual”! I’ve seen the large 64 oz. Snapple® products with a Rollback price from $1.98 to $1.50 only available at Walmart (now through 11/30!!!!) that I’ve been wanting to try. So I grabbed a Snapple Peach Tea flavor this past week, and on Sunday while it was raining and the hubby and I were working in prep for the coming week, I put some Peach Cider on the stove. Here’s the recipe, take a break with this yummy and flavorful Snapple Tea! Let me know if you try it and what you think!
- 1- 64 oz Snapple Peach Tea
- 4- Cinnamon Sticks
- 8- Whole Cloves
- 1/4 tsp- Nutmeg
- Combine all ingredients in large pot and bring to a slow boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Serve hot or transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm during an event or family gathering.
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little one year old, Miss Elle, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that I run three successful businesses!