One of the top questions I get is “how do I do it all?”
I can see how, from an outside perspective, it seems like I do “do it all.” A job I love, working on a PhD, a great family, a blogging career. It may even seem like I do it easily. I feel a large part of my having the flexibility to do what I do comes from having a strong and healthy family, as well as an incredible support network of family and friends.
But it takes it’s toll. And for me, that often comes in the form of getting sick. Historically, this sickness has been in the form of the common cold. I work, work, work, and work, then catch a cold, my body’s way of telling me to slow down. So I rest for a day or two, then am fine and back at it.
However, I’ve noticed a change in this pattern recently. My sicknesses are coming much more often, and they are more, shall we say, diverse. Consider that in the past 3 months, I have:
- had a stye
- lost my voice
- had strep throat
- had the flu…which I’m currently fighting as I write this post.
I know this means something needs to change. Fortunately I know that some things will change when the school semester ends in 7 weeks. Although I’ll still be busy over the summer, but my time won’t be as fragmented with no coursework or GTA responsibilities. Knowing that helps.
But I am also a believer that you need to listen to your body and my body is telling me that what I’m doing now isn’t working. So I’ll be doing some self-reflection to try and identify what I need to change to keep myself healthy.
But for now, after a few days rest, I’ll be up and at it with my writing, reading, teaching, emailing, and everything else involved in my working, PhD seeking, mommy life that I love.