I cannot keep up. I can’t keep up with the kids, with the dogs, with the garden, with work. I cannot make sure everyone is healthy and happy 100% of the time. Something has got to give. I know I’m not the only one, so I wanted to write this post to reach out to all of you moms out there that are just barely hanging on. I am one of you.
It’s so hard to keep everyone happy and still be happy yourself. I feel like I have let my dreams go in favor of my kids dreams. And I guess that’s ok, but it’s not really. I feel sometimes that I can’t catch my breath- like I’m floating under water trying to get a breath. And something has to give- but what? Things like making sure my kids aren’t eating chemicals, that the water they are swimming in is healthy, that they don’t watch too much tv, making sure the animals are fed and bathed- making sure the kids are fed and bathed, keeping clients happy, keeping my husband happy, trying to clean the house, trying to make sure the garden is watered… These are all small things, kind of, and on their own, they aren’t bad, but when you put everything together, it is just plain overwhelming. I’m overwhelmed. Like just about every other mom out there.
One of my biggest struggles is making sure the kids are good and not feeling guilty. The guilt gets me every time. You’d think that having been a mom for over 10 years now, that I would have it figured out by now. I don’t. I just don’t. But God- I’m trying! I really am. When I first found out about Monsanto and GMOs, it was a no brainer- I will not give these things to my kids. But man, has that been hard. They want Doritos. They want Sprite. They want all the crap that they see other kids eating. I used to be a stickler- absolutely none of that GMO crap. But as time has gone by, it’s become one of the things that sometimes has to give. And you know what? That’s ok. Sometimes they have Doritos. Sometimes they eat only organic food that day. I am doing the best that I can. And I want you to know that you’re doing your best too. We have to pick and choose our battles. While I’ve not given up on the fight against GMOs, I’m loosening up a little bit. Because otherwise I WILL LOSE MY SHIT.
Speaking of losing my shit- I hate the grocery store. I avoid it for as long as possible, until the kids are eating cans of beans for breakfast and I really have to go. If I’m smart and on top of the game (I’ll be honest, there’s not a whole lot of that going on these days) I will order through Peapod or Amazon fresh and feel good about the pricing and the quality of the food I’m getting. If you’re smart about what you’re buying, these sites can give you some good deals. And huge bonus- no grocery store. I probably buy through Peapod and/or Amazon twice a month. They deliver the food when you say, they have always had good prices on most of the items I buy, and they are quick to respond and compensate you when you have a problem. It’s seriously a life-saver. I am working on a new non-gmo and organic shopping guide for these sites- so stay tuned. It’s going to help you not lose your shit as much too! I’ll be posting shopping guides, coupons, and a few other tips and tricks that might help make your life easier. Or at least your grocery shopping…
So this isn’t the most amazing blog post, but I wanted to reach out to all the other mom’s who are close to or have already Lost Their Shit too. We are not alone, we are amazing, and we have each other. Strength in numbers- right ladies?
Please- do you have ideas on how not to lose your shit? Where do you do your grocery shopping? How do you save (your sanity)? Share your ideas and comments. Maybe we can help each other not lose our shit.