Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-At-Home Mom Book Review

As a member of Litfuse Publicity Group, I have the privilege of reading and reviewing books. I am excited to share with you my thoughts on my book choice from Litfuse this month.

Tricia Goyer


I'm sure you are wondering why a stay at home Mom would be interested in a book on how to successfully balance work - what work, right? I may not work outside the house or even receive a paycheck but trust me, I need help finding the perfect balance like all other mothers. Raising a child, keeping our home together, blogging in hopes of making an income one day and juggling family and my marriage along with keeping a social life sans play grounds and story time is no easy task. That's where author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer comes in to share her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom. 

In the last few months, I've been feeling like I'm being stretched extremely thin even though I don't have a typical boss or 9-5 job. I never seem to be able to stay on top of things. Tricia's book hits on the following topics to help you tackle all your responsibilities successfully while keeping your sanity. 

The book includes tips on:
—how to create focus themes for your family
—how to prioritize your schedule
—how to utilize your job so it also benefits your kids
—how to keep yourself out of the comparison game
—how to make working at home work for you
—and much more!

In Balanced, Goyer gives us a peek into her home life (a home schooling mother of 6!) and her struggles as a writer working from the comfort of her home. Regardless of your situation, Tricia's struggles are the same hiccups and headaches we all go through as Moms, both who work in and out of the home, with paying or non paying gigs like mine. But more than that, 'Balanced' inspires and encourages readers to follow your dreams and in doing so, to let a few things go. That might be laundry one day or an afternoon play date the next. Which is hard for a gal like me who is certifiable OCD, with a desire to do it all.

The bottom line it we can’t do it all, not today, not tomorrow. No one can. Ever. So we have to figure out what our priorities are, focusing on what's most important to us. If I were to share one piece of Goyer's book that resonated with me most, it would be this statement:

"Balance is not possible--at least not in the form of a perfect schedule or a perfect routine. Even if we find balance one day, it most likely will slip between our fingers the next."

As a Mom, wife, sister, friend, what have you done to help keep your life in balance? Have you learned to give up something in order to accomplish a larger goal? 

 

15 comments:

  1. I find that when I shut down the computer I find balance.... not kidding... I get so much done but I just don't want to.. I get tired of my SAHM duties,,, esp when it comes to cleaning the same o same o house and same o messes.

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    1. The internet, computer or Smartphone, will suck you in and the next thing you know you've wasted a good hour or more doing NOTHING.

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  2. It's hard to find balance but I agree that shutting off the phone/computer helps. Also having dedicated time to accomplish different activities: cleaning, family time etc. www.mybigfathappylife.com

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    1. Yes. I have found if I have a plan in place each morning, our days go well and I tend to get so much more accomplished.

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  3. Sounds like a very informative book! A SAHM is a very busy mom! As a blogger, I try to limit my hours of working on the blog and I refuse to blog or even think about blogging on the weekends - that's how I keep balance.

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    1. I try to stay away from the blog world on the weekends. From time to time, I'll jump on but that's usually when the little one is sleeping and the husband is out of town. I have to step away from it sometimes, you know?

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  4. I'm a WAHM so I definitely need to read this! It has been a constant struggle since my LO was born.

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    1. Logan, email me sacox65 {AT} gmail {COM} and I can give you a copy!

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  5. I'm not a Mom but I do struggle with finding balance!! I blog, have a full time job, and I'm back in school for Bachelor's number 2. It's difficult finding time for it all sometimes!!

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    1. I didn't realize you had your plate SO DAMN FULL! Do you get a chance to unwind on the weekends?

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  6. I am 16 months into motherhood and still working on finding balance. One day, one day.

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    1. I tackle a day at a time and if we all go to bed happy at the end of the day, then it's been a success in my book!

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  7. I struggle with finding balance every day. Mom, caretaker of an older parent and blogging take its tole when I am trying to find means to support my family. I just need to slow down and see there smiles and I remember why I do it all and to find peace

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  8. Yay! I definitely need to check out this book... find a better balance - I always feel like I am out of balance. It doesn't help that I am pregnant and you just are unbalanced physically too! LOL! :-) Seriously, I will check out this book!

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