I struggle daily with it. I wonder how those super-moms do it all. I think about all that those super-teachers do. And then those super-mom-teachers? Yeah, I struggle with comparison and balancing life.
Some days I give more to my girls and family. Some days I give more to my teaching and professional life. Rarely do I give myself the time and devotion that I deserve. I know this. My Mom reminds me all the time to put myself first. (Mom, keep reminding me in my daily voxer "thoughts of the day." It never gets old and I need to hear it again and again.)
All day long I'm pulled in every which way and direction. And I love it. I love being needed. I love being there for whatever the request may be ... but I still struggle. Balancing life. Keeping life *happy.* Smiling through it all.
I don't think there is a magic answer beyond determining priorities and those priorities change throughout life. They change day-to-day and even minute-by-minute. I know that over the last five years, I have needed to dedicate more time and energy to my girls and family. But life moves fast. In a blink, that pendulum will shift and I will focus more time on me and my professional learning and career.
For right now? I gave myself 'me' time. I wrote. I opened up this laptop with my precious girls in bed, husband slightly snoring on the couch, and I wrote. A step in the right direction of balancing me.
And all that I can do and promise myself is to do the best I can today.