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


  1. It does seem you are stretched a bit too thin; the editing job does sound like a great opportunity indeed! I can't imagine how hard it is to be a teacher these days too. I think you are being wise to figure out what has to go (like cooking right now). Hopefully you will find that balance you need before you wear yourself out.

    Right now I'm at a good place balance wise, but the kids are grown, the house is manageable, work is consistent. In the past, I balanced by late nights and early morning hours and exhaustion, but I guess we do what we need to do, right?

    I hope the weekend is a bit restful for you.


  2. Wow - what a fantastic opportunity to work with Pelican! And to get to get paid for something you like doing. I don't suppose it pays enough for you to quit your day job, or you would have by now. You guys just need to move to where it is a lower cost of living then you can just work for Pelican and write your own books. Ha! I know it's not that easy.
    Balance is not easy. I am constantly reevaluating my days and I don't think I'll ever achieve balance. I am always lacking in some area. So I'm sorry I don't have any wisdom to share. :(
    Prayer is the key of course, and I know I need to do that more. I'm sure you are doing so. How does Stephen feel about all of this? If that relationship is being hurt by the extra job, then something definitely has to go. You simply don't have more time in the day and by not cooking you're already doing all you can. Remember - the Proverbs 31 woman had servants to help!
    I'll be praying for you to have wisdom in all of this.

  3. I remember those days...working all day, then trying to get my passion projects done at night. I think you have to look at those things you can cut and cut them, but definitely plan some time with hubby into your week at some point!