Mama’s Circus :: Juggling Life’s Many Acts

Mama’s Circus :: Juggling Life’s Many Acts

As moms, we’re the ultimate jugglers. From dawn till dusk, our days are a whirlwind of school runs, work deadlines, and soccer practices. We’re often the masters of multitasking. But let’s face it, sometimes it feels like we’re driving ourselves crazy trying to keep up with it all.

A glimpse behind the scenes, where the real magic—and madness—unfolds.

The Morning Rush

It’s 7 AM, and the morning rush is in full swing. Lunches are hastily packed with whatever scraps I can find in the fridge—veggie fries fill one lunch container, a fleeting thought of my lunch brushed aside in the flurry of activity. The ever-faithful dog follows me at my heels because he knows who will feed him.

The guilt creeps in as we make the tenth trip to load the car. Why does it feel like I’m always one step behind, struggling to keep pace with the relentless march of time?

In the whirlwind of everyday life, it’s easy to find ourselves stuck in a perpetual cycle of rushing from one thing to the next, barely able to catch our breath. Despite our best intentions, we often end up repeating the same frantic routine day in and day out, wondering why we can’t seem to break the cycle.

The Struggle for Balance

The truth is, we’re not alone in this struggle. Countless moms share the same sentiments of overwhelm and exhaustion, yet somehow, we soldier on, fueled by sheer determination. 

Though, a longing remains for something more—that elusive “balance” we desperately seek. The tightrope walk between meeting the needs of others and honoring our own well-being, a dance of give and take that leaves us feeling like we’re teetering on the edge of sanity.

So, how do we keep our sanity in check? Honestly, I’m still figuring that out. Perhaps it starts with a shift in mindset, a gentle reminder that it’s not selfish to prioritize our own needs. It may mean setting boundaries and asking for help when we need it instead of silently bearing the weight of the world on our shoulders.

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Prioritizing Self-Care

Self-care is not just a luxury—it’s a necessity. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. So, making self-care a non-negotiable part of our routine is essential, whether taking a bubble bath or going for a walk. A friend told me that she schedules “me days” on her calendar to ensure she prioritizes self-care. When something else comes up, she simply states she already has something going on. Genius!

And then there is the power of delegation. We don’t have to do it all alone. Asking for help is a great untapped resource, especially with women. It’s tough for me to ask for help, but like anything else, with practice, I’ve gotten better at it. Whether it’s our partner, a friend, or even our kids, sharing the load can make a world of difference. However, it’s important to acknowledge that delegating tasks can sometimes feel like a burden, and it’s something else for mom to manage. That’s one reason why asking for help isn’t always our first instinct.

Embracing Imperfection

If we give ourselves permission to let go of the need to do it all, we can embrace the messiness of motherhood, prioritize our well-being, and remember that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes. That’s real life, right?

And through it all, remember that we’re not superheroes—we’re human. We’re flawed, beautifully imperfect humans doing our best in a world that expects the impossible. And there lies our strength—in our vulnerability, resilience, and unwavering commitment to the ones we love.

So cheers to us, moms. May we find solace in the chaos, strength in our struggles, and joy in the everyday moments that make it all worthwhile.

Signed,

A fellow mom in the trenches

Shantell Gomez
Shantell is mom to three kiddos—a teenage daughter and two energetic boys ages 11 and 9—and wife to David. They call Youngsville, Louisiana, home sweet home. With a background in Business Administration and Behavioral Science from ULL, Shantell wears many hats. By day, she's working part-time at a local nonprofit, while by night, she is a freelance writer. Motherhood has been Shantell's greatest challenge as well as her greatest gift. It's where she's learned the most about herself. Every day brings new lessons and revelations, and she cherishes the journey of growth alongside her children.

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