While I’m fortunate to be a work-at-home mum, each day is a roller coaster of emotions. There is no divide between my life as a mum and my career and every move I make is is a multi-tasking miracle. Stressful, much? You bet. Here’s what my average day is like:
It’s 6:30 am, and my mood is OPTIMISTIC. It’s a brand new day, and a new chance to unleash my inner supermom. I mean, sure, yesterday was a bit of a disaster that also started off hopeful, but I’m a firm believer in new beginnings. And what better time to begin again than the morning? Early morning, no less. I’ve got this! Today is gonna be my day, I can feel it. I’ve got things to do and just the energy and positive mindset to do them.
It’s 7am and my mood is INSPIRED I remembered that I had a few things that I put off until this morning, but that’s ok. I have a big ol’ cup of coffee and a can-do attitude! Nothing can stop me. Ok well, nothing can stop me after I spend the next 45 minutes trying to get everyone’s respective socks on. And then back on, again. This is fine. There’s a whole big day ahead of me. There’s lots of time!
It’s 8:30am and I’m feeling ANNOYED. Socks are on, but now my toilet is clogged. Not sure why everyday has to start off so chaotic but here we are. That’s ok because I still have time, plenty of time.
It’s 10:30am and I’m feeling WORN OUT. The kids are screaming and I just had a harrowing trip to the shops. I still don’t have milk, but I do have a welt on my wrist from where I carried 5 bags of groceries while my other hand was busy carrying a toddler in a football hold. Everyone is hungry, but is it too early for lunch? I haven’t gotten a thing done yet, but it’s fine, everything’s fine! You know what, sure, it’s lunch time. I’m the grownup here, so I’ll make the rules. Just a quick lunch then I’ll get down to work.
It’s 12:15 and I’m feeling HOPEFUL. Just sat at the ol’ desk while the kids are playing some toys, and I’m ready to take over the world again. Just going to answer some emails. Nope, the wifi is unplugged… why is the wifi unplugged? Who’s playing with the cords!?
It’s 1pm and I’m feeling IRRITATED. I got half a thing done and then someone had to poo. Time, I’m running out of time. I’d like to finish what I started but I’m having to get up every 4.5 minutes to pull someone off the table. In a house with approximately 104 lbs of toys, these kids are bored. Bored, unless they are climbing off of me. Well, it’s go time kids. I can be stubborn too. Just watch me keep on keeping on, even as you scale my body.
It’s 2:30 pm and I am feeling OVERWHELMED. I’ve spent approximately an hour trying to get something done and gotten nowhere. My kids, however, have managed to break a remote control, cover my patio stairs in mud and try on approximately 7 outfits each, discarding each one as they went. This created an elaborate trail that archaeologists could use to map out the navigation of suburban chaos throughout my home. I have gotten nothing done but they’ve been busy indeed.
It’s 4:30pm and I’m feeling DEFEATED. Who was that hopeful woman, so fresh and eager to take on the day? She’s buried in a pile of wrappers, laundry, and dirt. She reeks of failure. Send help.
It’s 6pm and I’m feeling EXHAUSTED. This stuff will just have to wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow there’ll be more time. This is fine.
It’s 9pm and I am feeling OPTIMISTIC. Tomorrow will be better, calmer, and more productive… right?
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