How I Bounce Back from a Crazy Week
So it has been a while since I blogged about anything personal. If you know me, you know that I am a very open book, but I don’t always share a ton on my blog. I thought it was about time for a more personal post.
Life is a little hectic right now. I break down my life into a few different areas: faith, home (family/friends) and work. Typically if one or two are a little out of whack I am still doing fine, but when there is something major happening in all facets, it is usually recipe for a break down…Well that happened last weekend.
At MegMade, things are growing fast, which is a great thing! However, fast growth can be really overwhelming, making sure that production can keep up. On top of that our beloved Johanna is moving this summer and we are needing to find a replacement to train and get up to speed quickly. Managing people is one of the hardest parts of my job, and so it is important to hire the right person who is the perfect fit.
Last week we filmed a short video with a production company that is pitching a pilot tv show to a major network. Ahhh! We had to basically put our lives on hold for a week for filming. Think cameras 5 inches from your face. Which, don’t get me wrong, is so exciting and we were so willing to do it, but definitely throws life out of whack a bit. So that’s work….
At home, Joe and I are doing better than ever, but we have to make some major decisions very soon which is stressful. We are putting our house on the market in the next few weeks and need to find a new place to live, then we will need to make that place home, and find a new school for Wells all within 8 weeks (EEK!!). The unknown at moments can be exciting to me and at moments terrify me. So much of it is a waiting game and I am not a very patient person.
Also last week, we found out that our son has a mild learning disability and will require a lot of attention over the next several weeks/months/year…who knows. So once again, unknown and unknown = scary. Intellectually, I “know” that this isn’t a result of having two full-time working parents. But I have to say, my working mom guilt is HIGH right now. What if I were able to be home with him more to help him learn and work with him? Would he still be behind? It’s hard not to let those negative thoughts creep in.
Because life is so busy right now, when I have a spare moment, I want to be with my kids. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for a social life or a small group through church, which is usually been an important part of my routine. I am craving fellowship and people to just do life with in this season.
Don’t get me wrong, life is really FULL right now. I don’t have anything to complain about. Things are just moving really quickly and last week I was definitely feeling overwhelmed. So I wanted to share some ways that I bounce back from a week like this, just in case any of you have been similarly overwhelmed lately.
Focus on the Blessings
I bounce back by focusing on the blessings. Is this possibility of a TV show making my life a little nutso?! YES. But hello! What an amazing opportunity. Even if it doesn’t happen, things around MegMade are really growing and for that, I am so grateful. God has this business in His hands and we are just along for the ride.
Surround Yourself with People Who Bring Out the Best in You
This is a biggie. My family definitely brings out the best in me. I also really notice when I don’t spend time with friends how much I miss being “friend Meg.” I’m Mom Meg and Wife Meg and Business Owner Meg all the time. Friend Meg needs her time too!
Some people don’t want to tell people they’re seeing a counselor. I get it, you can feel vulnerable. Personally, I tell people about my experiencing with counseling all the time. It is one of the most important things I do for myself (and those in my life). I feel so much better after a crazy week when I’ve been able to process things with my counselor. It just feels good to really talk things through sometimes with someone who is completely objective.
I’m doing what I can to savor all that is good and exciting about this season of life. My boys will grow big before I know it. MegMade is growing and there are a lot of exciting opportunities to be grateful for. Instead of getting stressed out and carrying that into work or back to playtime with my boys, I can choose joy.
One of the hardest parts of faith is relinquishing control. I don’t have control of what happens with MegMade, ultimately, or with anything in my life. It is in God’s hands, and that is where I want it. But I’m human, and I forget to trust Him…almost daily. The only thing that gets me in the right mindset again is prayer. I pray to know that I am not in control. I can trust God with my life and my business. I can choose joy and give thanks… So let’s just say, I spent a lot of time in prayer last week! I needed it!
One week at a time friends. I hope if you’re feeling out of control that my experience might resonate with you. Someone told me once, just remember that everyone is doing the best they can.