Recently I put it out there and asked you what you would like to read about in my blogs. A very supportive friend of mine suggested I write about how I juggle it all! Children, husband, work, my little online business, family, friends, exercise, household and the list goes on. Well when I actually took the time to think about my life and all the things I juggle I was surprised at how much I actually do juggle and how many other mummas out there do the same.
If you ask any of my family and friends one of my biggest traits is that I am a highly organised person. I guess that’s why I ended up in the sports and entertainment event/venue management industry. This definitely for me has its advantages when trying to juggle my little business and all things that come with being a wife and mother. With being organised also comes planning. I’m the biggest planner, I love to do lists and take the time to plan my meals on a weekly basis. It only takes less than half an hour to plan your meals for the week and write a shopping list. I strongly believe that by doing this it saves you time and money. It means one trip to the supermarket or local markets a week saving you time (that you could be using to cook instead of shopping more frequently) and saves you money as you are not impluse buying and only buying what you need.
As for cooking, well I obviously love to cook. I make cooking a healthy and delicious meal a priority for my family and I. I would much rather take the time to cook a meal than buy take away as I know I am providing my children with healthy nutritious meals, it definitely costs less and I honestly believe cooking yourself tastes better! I will generally pre prepare most of my family’s meal that night when my second child is having his daytime nap and I’m not working that day (dreading the day his daytime naps finish). This allows me to quickly put the meal together at dinner time. For example if we are having a stir fry I cut everything up whilst my son naps making it quick and easy to cook later on. The days that I work I choose a meal that can be completed quickly and on the table within 30 minutes. Again this comes back to pre planning your meals for the week and choosing quicker meals for the days you might work.
Not only is cooking healthy and delicious meals a priority but exercise is also important to me. I strongly believe that a healthy, happy mum means a healthy, happy household. I’m very lucky to have a supportive husband that I can take the time out to exercise. I also believe that by exercising I am setting a good healthy example for my children.
Like most mumma’s with their own little business most of the work is done when the children are tucked up in bed asleep at night time. This is definitely the time when I work on things like my orders, blog, new recipes, my eBooks, newsletters etc.
As for all the other household duties i.e. cleaning, washing, maintaining a home etc. I try to do something everyday to ease my load rather than leave it all to pile up and get totally overwhelmed that it will take me a full morning or even a day to complete. Gone are the days when I worked full time and Saturday mornings were allocated to cleaning my house from top to bottom. As a mumma I’ve had to let go of the fact that my house will never be completely clean all at once ever again (haha)!
Then most importantly it’s easy to get mothers guilt and be too busy doing everything else like cooking, cleaning, washing, working etc and forget to simply play with your children. I try to take the time everyday to do something with my children, can be as simple as reading them a book together or playing a game of hide and seek. At the end of the day what is most important to me is my husband and my two children and I sometimes have to remind myself of that and not worry about all the other meaningless chores that come with being a wife and a Mumma!