Friday, November 30, 2012

Work Life Crunch

"At the intersection of work and life 
lies a person in need of a little direction."

Life has been a little hectic around here lately. Merging our work and personal lives remains a challenge. My department at work is making a huge transition in January, so it's exciting because we will have new roles and responsibilities, but it also means even more focus and planning than usual, on top of our regular projects. I'm really looking forward to the new possibilities though!

Of course since the hubs works too, he's got his own stuff going on. Admittedly, he is more capable of staying up until 1am to work on deadlines. What can I say, I need my sleep. It's funny how these roles have shifted as we've gotten older. When we met in college I could easily manage working nights in the hospital and still make it to class the next day while studying in my free time (and never missing a workout!). Maybe parenting is more demanding in other ways, or maybe it was those 18 months of not sleeping through the night and I'm still trying to "catch up".

Nights have been interesting around our house twice a week because I have been taking a class online (global human resource management) that begins right at our son's bedtime. Thankfully he has been less interested in hour-long nursing sessions (I really thought that would never happen!) and he's happy now with just a brief nursing and kisses before bed. It helps me feel less guilty that it was his own transition and not one I forced, even though there were times I wanted to. Luckily for me, it has made it easier for me emotionally, to take the time for this class.

When it comes to the merge of work and life it can be pretty easy to feel guilty about everything. Although my husband also differs in this area, which I find interesting. What about you? Do you think Moms feel more guilt about working than Dads, or is it just a personal difference? It seems like it's not limited to just working Moms, even Moms who care for their children full-time seem to feel guilty taking time for themselves sometimes. What do you think?

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13 comments :

  1. I definite think that women usually feel more guilt than men do..

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    1. Thanks Karen! I wonder if we are biologically wired that way?!

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  2. Wow!! great blog!! plus you seem to have a busy life!! good luck handling it!!
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  3. Hi Jes! I am not yet a mom but I can somehow understand where you are coming from. I think it is your maternal instinct that is kicking in when you feel guilty about working and not having enough time for family. But still, I think you're a great mom and a wife with what you are doing right now. Have a nice day and may God bless you and your beautiful family! :)

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you for the kind words. I think you are right about the maternal instinct :) Thank you for the blessing as well! Take good care.

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  5. Wow! I am exhausted just reading that! Online class, work, and a nursing baby? You need a little jolt. How close is the nearest Starbucks? Order something with an extra shot of espresso!
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