Get Thyself Focused

The list that is scribbled to my left, may look haphazard, but the bullet points that continue to flow assist with my sanity as I have transitioned into full time motherhood and full time work-at-home mother.

I could not do what I do without help. Starting in January, twice per week, our lovely nanny comes by. I am able to be at home with my son, run errands if needed, but more importantly work uninterrupted for six hours per day, two days per week.

As Atticus’ naps became inconsistent, and my workload increased, I truly struggled with staying sane while completing my seemingly endless pile of work. Add on some house chores, and actually being a fully attached mother, my psyche was taking a beating.

Last night a list popped into my feed from the Spray Pal Facebook page. A list shared with Jen by the owner of Beco, Gabby. The list resonated with me. It’s a list that I try to follow, but never knew there was an order to. As I awoke this morning (evidently sleeping through my alarm clock) I hit pen to paper and jotted down  my usual list of to-do’s and to-want’s. This time, however, I went to the things that I don’t like to do first.


Dishes – not complicated, but they need to be done. Yes, I could do them before I make dinner like usual, or I can use that extra 15 minutes with my son in the late afternoon when he needs me far more than his still sleepy self at 8AM.

Then comes the river of MommyCon work. Pencil in some sweeping, dusting, dare I look under the couch? It’s seemingly endless, but it all has to get done. So I go back up to the list again, and remember to give myself a break. I am hoping this list helps other working moms conquer the balancing act.

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About the author

Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

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