BlogHer Writing Lab – Balancing Act

BlogHer Writing Lab – January Theme: Balance

January 4 – Prompt: Do you think you have a decent work/life balance?

I am frequently asked how I manage to do all the things that I do. Not only do I have a full-time career, a husband who also works full-time, and a special needs son, I also somehow carve out time for writing (this blog, for example), to study longsword, to brew beer, and to occasionally sew period garments.

How do I do it?

No, seriously. Can someone please tell me how I do it?

Because, really, it isn’t easy. I don’t know how I do it. And sometimes things don’t get done.

I have my priorities. My son comes first. Then my husband. Then job. Then everything else depending on how I’m feeling that day.

I’ve just come off a round of depression (yay life!) during which the only things that got done were the top three (though I did manage to crank out a novel for NaNoWriMo in November).

Now with the support of my doctors and the addition of light therapy boxes I seem to be doing much better. Thus, I’m back to blogging.


But is it balanced? Not really. It sways. Sometimes work dominates. Sometimes family. Sometimes (like in November) it becomes all about me. The summers are about me. Field work is when I rejuvenate myself. The fall is dominated by my job, mostly teaching. The spring is my time, when work becomes personal research and home becomes all manner of little projects. The only consistent thing is that I’m busy year-round.

But I manage. Somehow. More or less. The one thing that I do for myself year-round is exercise. I get at least five 30-minute workouts in a week. It helps me keep my sanity. Other than that, it’s keep the job so I can pay the bills, take care of the family, and otherwise stomp out the fires before they get out of control.

And now that it’s clear that I’m doing little more than treading water frantically, have I mentioned that we just got a puppy? Why do I do this to myself?

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