Friday, November 20, 2015

A Balancing Act

Balance is precarious. This is especially true when real life is involved.

Ever since I started back to my full-time job, I'm having trouble balancing everything. My regular job as a high school English teacher is very stressful, demanding, and exhausting, and on a national scale, education is undergoing transition and moving toward more of a business model, so these days teaching is more like working within the corporate world.

However, I'm thrilled to have joined the staff at Pelican Book Group as a full-time editor. This has been a wonderful opportunity. Not only do I absolutely love reading manuscripts for evaluative and editing purposes, but it's also an opportunity for service to the Lord (Pelican is a Christian publishing company). The downside is that I have to edit in the evenings once I'm home, and I usually do this until bedtime.

This leaves very little time for my own writing and time with my husband and dogs.

Cooking has gone out the window. Our school has moved to a different bus schedule, so I get home later now. In order to save time, I buy ready-made meals at Trader Joe's (and they are delicious). But I miss making food from my Southern Living recipes, and I miss down-time in the afternoon and chatting with my husband on the back porch or by the fireplace, catching up on how his day went.

I've only been keeping this schedule for two months, and quite honestly, I'm wondering how much longer I can hold up. I'm praying for strength from the Lord and am hopeful that something will change in the near future so that I can have a little more balance in my life. Either that, or I'm going to have to improve my skills as a Proverbs 31 woman.

How do you keep balance in your life?

 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31, NLT