Saturday, 6 October 2012

Where's the balance?

A different post form me today but I figure if I get this written down it may actually happen!  Balance was my   one little word for 2012 but it is not going well of late.  I am feeling stressed about lots of things so from today I have set myself some goals to achieve by the end of the year...

Find a new job - the CV has been dusted off and is getting it's final tweaks (yikes!).  When the company I worked for was taken over in 2010 I said I'd give it 12 months and see... well I have given it more than 24 and they have not been the greatest months of my working life so it is time to see if the grass is greener.

Book a night away - we decided we would go away once a quarter, just the two of us, but have only managed it once this year.  Time to book something.  I was thinking here or here...

Read some books on parenting teenagers - It has been a particular trying week with Alex.  It seems she has been threatening and picking on her little brother.  Not great as I now work longer hours and they are in each other's company for a while each day now.  I have seen this book - has anyone any  more tips on what to read? - I need to get through to her without shouting!

Scrapbook more - I'm sure we all say this but I love it as it is a stress reliever and I love to capture another memory before it disappears.  I'm thinking I should set aside one evening a week but not sure if that will work.  Try it and see I guess!

Finish a room - we have a couple of rooms that are half decorated for various reasons which I won't bore you with.  We need to pick one and get it done!

Excercise more - I have fallen out of love with Zumba... I need to get the love back!  Maybe I will try couch to 5K... maybe I will walk more... but I need to do something for the sake of my waistline!

Get some routine into the house - with my new shifts we all seem to be at sixes and sevens.  I need to get organised with nutritious meals, an online shop, a check list for school (I have dropped off at least 4 times already this term with forgotten items!), chores for everyone and setting aside time for family. Again if anyone has some organisational ideas then link them up people!

I think that's enough to keep me going for now.  If I achieve it all the balance will definitely be tipping in my favour and that can only make for a less stressed me and a happier house!

Thank you for listening.


Maria Ontiveros said...

I read the How to Talk to Kids, but I didn't realize there was a Teen version. I think I"ll check it out.

Gitte Nørgaard said...

Hi Julia
Thank you for popping over to my blog and more to the point leading me to yours. I have just read your blog from yesterday - and I know exactly what you mean.
I wish you all the best of luck - just take one thing at a time a before you know it you are there.
Gitte x

Louise said...

Julia - I am sure it will all work out and you will find that work life balance! x

Leanie said...

Sounds like you're on track with a plan- I hope you achieve it! x

Angelfish said...

Good luck with the job hunting. That book looks interesting and may be useful now that I have two teens in the house!

kjjc said...

oh boy how lovely to see I am normal.Life seems to get in the way of living doesn't it sometimes?

KraftyKaren said...

Good luck with achieving your balance - you have a plan and know what you want so hopefully you are half way there xx

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