How do you do it?
If I had a dollar for every time somebody asks me this question, I would have lots of extra cash!
Just yesterday, a friend asked me how I find time to run. Another commented on my Facebook post about my recent half marathon finish saying, “I don’t know how you do that considering that if I spread a few yards of mulch I’m ready for vacation.”
People are always wondering how I have time for it all. How do I have time to run and train for races with three kids ages 6 and under, a full time job as well as a blog and still have time to meet friends out for dinner?
The answer is simple. I don’t have time for all of these things. I make time. I run at lunch when I can. I get up early to run if I have to. I run on the treadmill after the kids are asleep when I don’t really feel like it. I am dedicated to running because I love how it makes me feel (most of the time). I skip my favorite show or stay up late Monday nights to blog because the blog is important to me. I meet friends for dinner after the kids are in bed or get a babysitter to go on a date with my husband because adult time is a much needed break from the everyday hustle of being a parent.
Family and work are obvious priorities for most of us. I’ve simply expanded my list of priorities to include running and the blog. I also make a point to spend some quality adult time with my besties and my husband. These things make me happy.
As insane as it may be to try to squeeze all of this stuff into my already hectic working mommy life, it’s the only way I know how to keep my sanity.
Running is my break from reality. It makes me feel strong and confident and keeps me in shape, both physically and mentally.
Runitlikeamom is my creative outlet. It’s my joint venture with friends and helps satiate my entrepreneurial urge. Until I can come up with the next genius idea to present on Shark Tank, I will focus on the success of our fun mommy-fitness blog.
Sometimes I just need an uninterrupted dinner and a few cocktails to help keep me in check. Unwinding over dinner with good food, good company and a few laughs helps break up the monotony of day to day mommy life and keeps me feeling young.
So that’s my secret.
I don’t really have time to run and blog and go out without my kids. I’ve just prioritized and made time. I could spend more time on my couch watching television or more time cleaning my house. I could organize my clutter or sleep in. I could spend my time a gazillion different ways, but I choose to live my life this way. I choose to run and blog and spend time with my friends on top of my family and work responsibilities because even in all of its chaotic craziness, it’s what makes me happy.
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