A friend and I were talking yesterday about balance. The conversation was started because a friend of hers recieved a grant for her work as an MD. In accepting the grant, this busy mama of 3 is to do research or writing on how to balance work, marriage, kids, etc. So, what is balance? Does someone appear to be balanced because they manage to keep everything together? Or, is it because they are able to do things for themselves. I guess for me, life would be balanced if my family and I were able to do things together as a family, keep the house in presentable shape, manage to get the trash out on Mondays, and Jason and I would each be able to do things for ourselves. Some running, biking, a haircut more than 2x/year, etc. you get the picture. Additionally, we need to do things together without the little man who constantly craves mama and papa time.
Right now, life seems pretty unbalanced; I'm in school, working nights and being a mama. Jason is working full time, studying for the Bar and being a papa. We tend to play tag team on the weekends so that we both have the study and/or sleep time we need. We have yet to find a regular babysitter (who has time to look for one) and barely have time to look into any of the work that we would like to have done in the house. I can barely keep up with the wash and am forever putting away folded clothes. It all seems a bit crazed; but, who doesn't have a crazy schedule these days?
What about the rest of you busy mamas? Do you feel like life is balanced? How do you define balance? How do you achieve balance? I'd love to hear how other people are doing.