So my husband’s working an outage

We’ve all got good reasons why NOW isn’t the right time to start or why we can’t do it.

Excuses err I mean seriously good reasons

I sometimes get overwhelmed with all the reasons I can’t and get on the “wah cry me a river kick”. “I have 8 kids, nobody 8 kids.” “I take care of my crazy dad with dementia who sucks all my mental energy.” “I work full time”. “I already get up at 5 am.” “I can’t…. I can’t… I can’t…. You all know this feeling. And if you don’t then you’re probably not one of my people anyway.

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My husband and I are actually a team. He does his share and he helps out immensely. He usually does as much laundry as I do and washes the dishes maybe more than me. I clean the bathrooms though and he does the lawn stuff.

Right now he’s working an outage. He’s a mechanic for a nuclear power plant and if you don’t know what an outage is Google. It’s where they shut the reactors down for maintenance and work their employees to death because it costs billions of dollars a day for those reactors to be down. (Okay, that’s probably not what Google says. Oh well.)

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He is currently working 6 days a week 12 hour shifts = 72 hours. Plus he has a one hour one way commute. I have absolutely NO IDEA how he is doing it.

In the meantime, this means I am also working an overloaded schedule. I am doing all the laundry, all the cooking, all the cleaning, running all the kids around. My older kids do help with some of this, but the brunt of the responsibility right now is on me.

I really wanted to add my running back in, but then I’m like I don’t know if I can do that right now my husband’s working an outage.

Well, I added it back in anyway. Just a little on my days off for now.

Girl (or boy, sorry don’t mean to be rude in all my pink background, but my market is obviously geared towards my tribe of Supermoms). Anyway, tangent. ADHD, squirrel. Whatevs.

Girl, I’m speaking to my tribe. I KNOW. I get on this kick that nobody has better excuses than me. They do. There are lots better. I can only think of a few though that genuinely should have you putting your exercise on hold and NONE that you should put your physical health or mental health on hold for.

I challenge you to think of what is your “my husband’s working an outage” barrier. I promise you there are ways to get around all of them.

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Truth be told. I have had some really down periods in my life and often times it’s really not that my daily workload has changed. What’s changed is how I prioritize myself and my tasks. Which tasks I downsize and my mental attitude on the “how much I have to do”.

Today, I wanted to get back in the habit of writing. This post probably adds no value to my blog whatsoever. It’s not sticky content. It’s not something someone would search for in Google. Hell, when I publish it nobody might even read it. I don’t care.

I have a vision for this website and I will build it, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’m a marathon runner. I’m in it for the long haul. I know where I want to go. I have a plan to get there and not all days will be perfect. Actually most won’t be. The point is forward momentum.

Today, I have got my workout in. Sweated my butt off. I’ve washed 2 loads of laundry. I got my lunch packed, my dad’s breakfast made, and a plan for dinner. I got a list of 4 more articles I want to write.

Today those aren’t going to get written. It’s okay. My husband’s working an outage. This gals is what I’m talking about prioritizing, scheduling, figuring out what you can do. Doing what you can. Knowing when you can and should give more. Knowing when to scale back and prioritize your family and mental health. I’m truly working on balance and I think I’m finally getting there.

My next blog post will be on my tribe and who they are and who I want to invite to my journey. I am trying to build a base, but honestly I’m not dragging people that don’t want to be part of my tribe.

That’s not me. I’m a helper, a tinkerer, an inspirer, and an encourager. I’m building my tribe and I hope I find some people that want to join me on the journey. If not, I appreciate everyone who supports me on mine.

Okay enough long winded babbling. I’m working on getting back at my writing groove. So bear with me.

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