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Learning to Juggle and Dropping the Ball

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Hi! I'm Sarah Lena. I've been blogging since we formally referred to them as "weblogs" and, if my parents aren't reading this, I'll admit that I actually started with role-playing fan-fiction on community boards back in the early 90s, writing things that I would certainly KILL my children for coming up with now. I'm a stepmom to an 11 year old boy, a mom to a four year old boy, and a wife to a forty year old boy. Suffice it to say: I own all of the ovaries in my house.

I reside in what we call the Rocket City of Huntsville, Alabama. We're probably most famously-known for having the US Space and Rocket Center, and most recently, Antoine Dodson. Yep. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife? That's my hood! I know. I can FEEL your pride on my side of the screen.

But living in a Rocket City means that I, too, am involved in said rockets. BWAHAHAHA, no, wait, don't get to thinking that I'm an engineer or anything fancy like that - I call myself an "engineer translator". I wrangle engineers, dumbing down their layouts and drawings and thoughts and stuff into layman's terms. I also moonlight as a freelance proposal writer and coordinator. Oh, and my husband and I are both veterans of local theatre, so we work with local production companies. Oh, and I also do a lot of voiceover work regionally.

I did mention the kids, right? I feel like I'm forgetting something.

Anyway, the point is this: my life is a lot about finding the perfect balance between work and home life. I should rephrase: my life is a lot about searching for the perfect balance between work and home life. I can't say I've found it. But I do hope to relay some tips and tricks that have worked with my family - and dude, if you've got some? PLEASE THROW THEM AT ME.

(I say "dude" a lot. You've been warned.)

(Also, "y'all".)

In trying to figure out the right way to start, I finally decided I would pass along my personal mantra to you. During a particularly stressful proposal for a billion dollar government contract, I had a Vice President confide in me, "You're only human. It's okay to drop the ball every now and again. Just make sure you catch the eggs."

Ever since then, if something slides through the cracks - and something ALWAYS will! - I take a moment to breathe and decide: ball or egg? If it was just a ball? Life continues on. Lessons are learned, steps taken, and we move forward. If it's an egg? Well, then maybe some bigger measures need to be observed.

But I think that's been the best advice I've ever been given. In balancing work, life, kids, family, pets, hobbies, and whatever else fills your day planner, it's okay to forgive yourself some mistakes.

Just make sure you catch the eggs.

What balls are you okay with dropping?

by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Michelle on Mar. 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

That is great advice. The balls I drop are mostly about me, I might not get the housework done I wanted to. I've been wanting to do my nails for a week but I don't have the drying time needed to do it lol. Little things like that.

by Sarah on Mar. 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Love it!

I tend to drop the ball when it comes to little household chores. By the end of the day my house may be a mess, but I rather enjoy my kids while they are young. If I wasn't doing that then I would feel like I dropped an egg. 

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

That is a good mantra. I agee, family comes first and the little things can slide sometimes.

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Cleaning and stuff. We will get to it eventually.
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by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I love that saying, thanks for sharing it with us!

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Letting tv time go a little later than normal every so often. I dont allow the boys to watch it when they walk in the door from school, thats homework time, and then its get your but outside and burn off some energy time. Dinner is shortly after that and then tv time is short, so I sometimes let them fall asleep watching it.

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

That's a great saying!

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

making dinner.. some nights it's alright to have cereal, or soup :)

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Im ok with dropping hobbies.

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM
That my house does not have to perfect. It still btohers me if people come over and the house is messy, but I am letting go a bit.
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