Work / Life Balance…Does it exist? cont.

As I began to strategize about how to deliver a well-balanced and “intelligent” message about the struggles of women in the work place I had a brilliant epiphany. CREATE A TABLE! After all, everyone knows in order to present anything worthwhile you simply must have a table, if not an entire slide show presentation. So I opened up the wonder that is “Word” on my computer and went to work. I created two columns in my table.

The table would list all of my tasks or responsibilities for each type of task I performed. The left hand column would be the “Work” column. In it would go the things I do at work such as 8-5 office duties, after hours events, trade shows and traveling, etc. The right hand column would include al the other “stuff” I have to accomplish within any given day or week. This column would of course be more complicated than the one for work so I decided to break it down by types of tasks.

I began my right hand column with categories like Husband, Kids, House, Church, etc. Then under each category I listed all the things I could think of that are regularly occurring responsibilities I have from that category. For example, under Church I listed things like choir practice, Sunday services, drama rehearsals, meals cooked, etc.

As my fingers furiously swept across the keyboard the right hand column got longer and longer. Before I knew it I was half way down the second page. Whew! I didn’t know I did so much! While that was a bit revelational what truly struck me was the fact that I was half way down the second page of my table before I ever got to the “Me” category.

Hmmm. What does that mean? It is a clear indication that finding time to take care of myself is a challenge and that I am not just imagining it. Score 1 for the home team! I might just be onto something here! But wait. As a Christian woman aren’t I supposed to put others before I put
myself? After all, we are trained from birth to be caretakers. We are created as nurturers. I’m supposed to get everything done for everyone else before I do the “ME STUFF”, right?

Stay tuned. I think this needs a little more investigation. What do you think? Weigh in and let me know your thoughts. When we get together again, we will look a little deeper at a woman who thought that way and see what we can learn from her.

Be Blessed and know you are valuable!

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About Amanda Gordon

I'm a wife and mother in a blended family. My husband and I have 4 children, collectively. We live in the modern family of "Yours, Mine & Ours". My hubby has two children from his before me days and I have one son from my before him days. WE have one son from our now days. Our older three are all grown and building their own lives but the son we have together is still with us. Though we only have one still at home we both juggle full time jobs, church, sports, music, art and so much more. We have been blessed with incredibly full lives and have a church home that is beyond compare. I am so excited about being a part of the Proverbs 31 Jewels community and look forward to building new connections and learning from each other!

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