Parenting can be stressful. Making the most out of the time you have with your child might be on your mind, but then reality hits.
What’s reality, you ask?
Oh, you know, the tantrums, the sibling fights, and the “mommy look” moments you swore you were going to be able to handle. With multiples, this is an everyday thing — and sometimes they come all at once.
As I write this, there’s a child asking me to look and another crying because she can’t be on my lap to fall asleep.
Go ahead, judge me.
Eventually, the baby will fall asleep next to me because she’s too exhausted to care if I’m holding her. The kid running around will stop and start building with LEGO.
Maybe the best things in life aren’t planned, like this post, but they happen.
Having our first child was a dream, then we added two more. Now, I question my sanity on a daily basis. I’ve considered seeking help, but then I watched Workin’ Moms on Netflix and I realized it’s all part of being a mom.
When I started this journey, I never imagined how strong I needed to be to take on the role of being a stay-at-home mom. The reason I started this blog and turned it into a business was to help with finances, to keep doing something I love, and to be with the kids.
Trying to balance everything is really a jugging act. On most days I swear I have it under control, but there are some days that creep up. Those are the ones with four different piles of laundry screaming to get washed, dishes in the sink and toys — everywhere!
Give Up To Gain More
Last week, I had a call with a potential client. Although they offered me more than I typically charge, I turned it down. Not knowing if I was going to get another opportunity that week, I asked for less pay to gain my sanity.
Oftentimes when clients pay more they expect more from you — like your time, your sanity, etc. Fortunately, I made up for what I lost that same week when I landed a campaign with another local company.
They say you need to give a little to get more, and I have to agree. I also agree that giving up some to gain more comes in handy.
At one point in my life, I would drive myself and my family insane because I didn’t get a chance to finish things in time. I’d be tough on myself because it was hurting my reputation with clients.
After talking to them about what was going on, they understood. I guess that’s the perks of working with other parents. Around that time I had let go of three clients because I needed to figure out what was working and what wasn’t.
This was another time I gave up, and it was a good thing at that moment.
Everything Falls Into Place
Dropping clients did hurt me financially, but it gave me time to focus on other projects and build on potential opportunities. By letting go of those three clients, I’ve had more time to pitch brands and dedicate myself to helping my existing clients.
On good days, I can now properly manage my time. Let’s face it, we’re a family of three kids and two dogs. There’s always something that will pop up.
To help stay on top of the necessary things, I keep a bullet journal, a To-Do list and a notepad for ideas. It seems like a bit much, but it makes me feel more organized.