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As soon as I heard the phrase “stretched too thin,” I knew that was me. It’s where I am right now–and while I usually blame the busy fall season, it has been all of 2016 if I’m honest with myself. I used to be that working mom that “had it all together,” the one the other twin moms looked too for a word of advice or reassurance. But I haven’t been able to do that in a long time, I’m not settled in myself right now. I feel like I’m spinning a lot of the time. I know what my priorities are, so when I find that I’m not spending my time on them, I feel terribly guilty. It’s a vicious cycle.
I know I’m not alone. Are you there, too? I know I can’t do everything, but lately it feels like I don’t accomplish anything because my head is so overloaded. I’m working more hours, and that transition has not gone smoothly in my family. I feel like I’m short-changing everyone–my husband, the people who hire me as a contractor, and I never have time to see my friends.
I read The Fringe Hours, by Jessica N. Turner, back when I had my self-care act together. But things have unraveled since then. So when I heard about her new course, Stretched Too Thin, I saw myself in it. Stretched Too Thin is devoted to working moms who have too many balls in the air. It teaches you how to thrive in your relationships with your kids, your partner (if you have one), your work, your friends and your household. When I watched the first video of the course, where she has you “Considering the Present,” it spoke to my hurting heart. It described the mess I’m in exactly, and I know that many of you moms out there feel the same way. I invite you to go on this journey with me.
Take a look at this free video series introducing the course, and then consider signing up this Monday, October 10th. Stretched Too Thin is a 10-day course, and Jessica asks that you commit 15 minutes a day to do the work. It’s hard to find another 15 minutes a day to watch a short video and complete a workbook page, but as Jessica says, “the only way to make change is to do the work.” I’m all in, and I hope you’ll join me. There’s a Facebook group so you can see that you’re not alone, where we’ll support each other. I hope to see you there!
How are you stretched too thin as a working mom?