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  1. We definitely all go through this. I am constantly feeling this way… and being a WAHM is so tough. It’s so so hard to find the balance with it all. Oh… and “me time”??… that’s a luxury that is rare rare rare. We’re in the same boat, my friend. xoxo

  2. Alison says:

    Oh girl, do I KNOW this. Which is why I talked to my husband about it, and we’ve struck a deal. Any weekend that he’s free, he gets the kids for 2-3 hours, and I head out of the house, and do whatever I want. It’s made a HUGE difference to me, to the way I approach the kids, to the way I feel about my day-to-day. I love my children, but boy, do I need time for myself.

    You’ll get there, a happy balance. Hang on in there.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I think all mothers go through this, and I think part of the problem, for me anyway, is that when we say, “I miss being ME” is that we have to learn that that me is a different person now. It is okay to mourn for the old you, but you have to embrace the new you too. And I don’t mean just be a mom and a wife and everything to everyone else, but spend the time to learn who you are now and love that me too.

  4. Arnebya says:

    Professional juggling as absolutely the best way to describe it. Without putting ourselves first (at least on occasion) we wind up doing a disservice to everyone involved, especially ourselves. Working for the Coast Guard, I always find it interesting that the one thing reservists or Coasties on detail comment on isn’t the cold — it’s the smell of the water.

    Hang in there. I’m glad you recognize what you’re missing out on but also realize the importance of reclaiming those things every now and then.

  5. I love this and I totally agree! “I’ll choose to forget what I can’t remember and focus on right now.” Beautiful. You should make that into a meme and watch it circulate!

  6. Greta says:

    When I sit down for “me time”, there are so many things I want to do at once that I can’t remember to finish any of them. I definitely agree that the focus needs to be on right now, but I know that if I don’t make time for myself, once in a while, it’s really hard for me to appreciate anything. I need that time to recharge and appreciate what I do every day!

  7. Tonya says:

    The backwards undies photo is PRICELESS!!!

    And, you’re right I can identify all too well. Sigh…

  8. This is so well written, Courtney, you’ve captured the essence of the struggle and conflicting emotions that all moms feel. As a husband to a wife who epitomized finding a proper balance of nurturing her kids and nurturing her own soul, I commend you and all moms that call a spade a spade and don’t fake the inner battles that ensue with time constraints and pressures. The good news, is that even though our last son is leaving our nest in a few months, we still remember (mostly) the wonderful days and nights of being parents at every stage…and, so will you. You have a gift of writing…keep using it! We’re the better for it. Blessings on you and yours.

  9. Kimberly says:

    This is exactly me. And truthfully, it hurts. I know that I need time for myself, to just be me, but I also don’t want to miss anything of the right here and now, because all too soon these will be the I Can’t Remembers. Know that you aren’t alone. And it will be ok.

  10. Rachel says:

    Boy do I know how you feel! Here I sit at the computer — its midnight and I should be sleeping but I just HAVE to do something for myself.

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Courtney Kirkland is a Southeast Alabama Writer & Designer. Since 2008, Courtney has passionately provided beautiful, intentional design to small businesses & bloggers and encouraged thousands to walk in a rich faith in any situation.