Do you sacrifice sleep for free time?

Do you sacrifice sleep for free time?

This is my life.

My kids wake me up at the crack of dawn (this cliché is fervently-loathed by women named Dawn), take care of the house and kids and my company all day, stay up way too late trying to squeeze in a few drops of solitude and freedom, get virtually no sleep and then boom—start over.

Of course, this puts my physical and emotional health in the dumpster and I spend all day in a half-haze and sometimes in real bodily pain (because I am super old, apparently), swearing at myself in my mind for affording myself almost no sleep.

But at night, when my house is quiet and for just one second I feel like me again, I can’t resist. I can’t resist wrapping myself in that feeling like it’s the warmest blanket. It’s pretty clear to me in those moments when I’m devouring free time like it’s my first meal in months that something is off. Let’s face it, balance is a joke when you’re a mother.

I’m going to be honest, I don’t know what the answer to my horrible routine is going to be. Knowing me, I’ll probably soldier on the way I am until I hit a wall.

I do find some inspiration in friends who are more proactive—it motivates me to see other moms who have been able to find practical solutions to the busy problem.

I’m planning to pick up Jessica Turner’s new book The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You. I’ve heard so many great things from my friends about this book!

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner

Amy from Teach Mama is also challenging her readers to #LiveFocused in 2015. The year long event starts with getting organized, and as I sit perched within the house of clutter, I know that this would be great first step for me.

Live Focused in 2015

Are you taking any steps to get your life in order this year? I can’t be the only parent walking around with no sleep because she REALLY wanted to read a book the night before, right?


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