So thankful to Madeline for being a guest here today, and sharing her take on balancing life and motherhood. She blogs at Uber Chic for Cheap (head over if you aren't familiar!) and also is a writer for Babble. Thrilled to have her here today on IHOD...
I am so excited to be contributing to this series! As I was reading Anna's Real Chat post from last week, I found myself nodding along with everything she said and am honored to be included.
Before I had my son, Tate, I naively thought that my life would be so much easier. All I would have to worry about was making dinner and taking care of a baby. Ha! I've never been busier (and I've never been more fulfilled!) I write for two blogs, do architectural work from home and head up the women's organization at my church. And of course, I take care of Tate, the house, and all the other incidentals that fall to the homemakes. I do a lot. But I don't do it all.
We have frozen pizza for dinner at least once a week. I only do laundry on a "crap, I'm out of underwear again" basis. The shower is covered with soap scum and my garage is full of unpacked boxes and unfinished projects. And that is just fine by me.
In my early married life, I went through some pretty pressing problems with my health that made it impossible for me to do much of anything. During that incredibly trying time in my life I read this mantra. "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." I clung to this idea with everything I had. If I let myself get bogged down in doing things that are not fulfilling or important, I found myself a grumpy mess.
By letting myself not feel guilty for having messy closets and sticky floors, I leave more of myself for my husband and son:)