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Yes, I'm a World-class Juggler: Navigating the Complexities of Single Parenthood, Business Ownership, and Blended Families




Fact:  sometimes, at the end of a particularly busy day, I am amazed at all of the balls that I’ve juggled and how all of them (okay, most) are still in the air.


Life has a funny way of throwing us into a whirlwind of responsibilities, obligations, and unexpected twists and turns. As a single mom, business owner, and partner in a blended family, the juggling act can often feel overwhelming. But amidst the chaos, there's a requirement to balance it all with grace, kindness, and respect for everyone's needs, including our own.


Picture this: a typical day starts with the mad rush of getting the kids ready for school, packing lunches, and dropping them off at their destination. Then it's off to the office, a networking meeting, Zoom call, or event, creating materials for the programs and courses I run, responding to calls and emails, communicating with my team and other Allstate agency owners, and always running to where I am needed. The hustle never seems to end.





Thanks goodness there’s coffee!


But amidst the chaos, there are also moments of joy and fulfillment, whether it's seeing a project come to fruition or simply sharing a laugh with colleagues.


Being a Mom, business owner, and partner in a blended family requires compromise, understanding, and mutual respect, as we strive to create a harmonious environment for everyone involved.


And let's not forget about self-care – an often-neglected aspect of the juggling act. It's all too easy to put our own needs on the backburner in favor of tending to the needs of others. But as the saying goes, you can't pour from an empty cup.





Finding time for exercise, hobbies, and relaxation is essential for maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Whether it's carving out a few moments of solitude for a morning meditation or indulging in a favorite hobby in the evening, prioritizing self-care is not selfish – it's necessary.


So how do we juggle it all with grace and kindness, while still honoring our own needs as individuals?


It starts with setting boundaries and managing expectations – both our own and those of others. It means learning to say no when necessary and being okay with asking for help when we need it. It's about embracing imperfection and recognizing that we can't do it all, all the time – and that's perfectly okay.


It also means practicing empathy and understanding. Recognizing that we're all human, with our own struggles and vulnerabilities, allows us to approach each situation with compassion and kindness. Whether it's offering a listening ear to a friend in need or giving ourselves permission to take a much-needed break, empathy is the glue that holds everything together.


In the end, the juggling act of single parenthood, business ownership, and blended families is a delicate balance of give and take, of highs and lows, of chaos and calm. The rewards are immense and despite the time and energy it takes, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

 

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