I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot on my plate. It’s completely full. If I were to paint you a picture of my life, it would be someone holding a ton of plates and the stack is toppling. This person (me) is stumbling left and right to keep the plates from crashing down. No one forced me to stack so many plates in my hands. I fully chose to do it to myself. But it’s my life. It’s busy, full, and I’m usually succeeding at something. Currently, I’m a wife, mom, teacher, and business owner. I’m also trying to fuel my body with healthy food and exercise at least 4 times a week.
To be perfectly honest, each part of my life brings me joy. And isn’t that important? I’ve cut out everything that doesn’t bring me happiness and I’m left with a full life that I’m trying to manage as best as I can. To help you get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a working mom who is also running a business, I thought I’d write a day in the life post. This is just a random Wednesday when my husband had a late event at church. We usually try to spend at least 2 nights a week with uninterrupted time together, but this night was not one of them.
So if you’d like, I’d love for you to take a walk in my shoes. It might be hectic, but I love it exactly for what it is.
5:15 am to 6:45 am – Wake up
I always set my alarm for 4:45 thinking that maybe this is the day that I will wake up before 5:00 am. If you wake up daily before 5:00 am then I salute you. I want to be like you, I really do. And some days I fully believe that I can wake up that early. But to be honest, it just hasn’t been happening. And that’s okay. Maybe I’m just a 5:15 or 5:30 am type of girl. I can live with that. So on this particular day, like almost every day, I snoozed until 5:15.
I’m up while the entire house is sleeping, so I take this time to fix my hair, makeup, and get ready for the day. I usually listen to a podcast during this time, but sometimes I watch a show that I need to catch up on. I like to be in the kitchen by 6:00 am, but this particular morning I was finished getting ready by 5:45 so I spent some time checking my email.
At 6:00 am I made myself breakfast (the same thing every morning because that’s how I roll) and finished checking emails. My kids get up at 6:15 and I made them a quick breakfast right when they get up. We usually make the boys lunch the night before to help our morning routine run smoother. After making sure everyone has their lunchbox and backpack, we head out the door at 6:45. My husband takes our youngest child to daycare and I head to school with my oldest.
6:45 am to 4:00 pm – Teach 5th grade
I prefer to get to work early (I’m a 5th grade math teacher) because I can get so much done in the mornings! No one is there to bother me and there’s never a meeting scheduled at 7:00 in the morning. I have a coffee pot in my classroom and I brew myself a cup of coffee before my students ever enter my door. This allows me to feel put together and ready to tackle the day.
I teach every day from 7:30 – 3:00. I rarely ever spend money on lunch because I only have a 30 minute lunch break. Also, I would rather spend money somewhere else. I meal prep all my lunches (usually a salad) every Sunday that way I can grab it and go each morning. It has become my normal Sunday routine and even though I eat the same thing for lunch every day, I don’t even mind!
On this particular day, I had a meeting after school with my teammate to get ahead in planning. Both of our boys played on the computer while we knocked out a week of planning in 45 minutes. We were rather impressed with our efficient planning! It’s so wonderful to have a team that is supportive and gets along well. And I sure do love this teammate of mine! I snapped a pic of us with our boys after.
Last year I started setting an alarm at 4:00 pm to go off every weekday. It says “Family First” and reminds me that it’s time to leave the school and head out to pick up my youngest son from daycare. To be honest, it took me many years of teaching to learn to leave school at a decent time. It also helps that I only teach one subject right now! I like to pick my youngest son up from daycare by 4:30 if possible because by 4:30 he’s been at school for 9 1/2 hours. That’s a long time! Thankfully he naps for 2 of those hours!
4:45 pm to 7:00 pm – Family time and dinner
The boys and I got back home by 4:45 which is about the time I get home every day. On this particular day, I had zero energy and the last thing I wanted to do was make dinner. I’m really good about making (and following) our meal plan, but I just wasn’t having it this day. I checked our cash envelopes and realized that we only had $12 left in our restaurants budget. When my husband got home I tried to convince him that we should steal money from the grocery budget to go pick up dinner. He wasn’t having it. So we made the kids sandwiches and I decided that I’d wait until later to eat dinner.
We helped our oldest son complete his homework and read books. Then, we played the Wii for a while. My husband ran out the door for orchestra rehearsal at church. By 6:30 it was time for baths and books. I’m loving that my kids still go to bed at 7:00 pm most nights. It allows them a full 11 hours of sleep and my husband and I get some kid-free time in the evenings! I set a timer for 5 minutes and lay with each boy until their timer goes off. This little one below always takes a little longer to fall asleep because he takes a nap at school still.
7:15 pm to 9:30 – Workout and work on Inspired Budget
As part of my goals to be more active and in shape, I’ve been working out in the evenings most nights. This night I worked out from 7:15 – 8:00 and completed Day 48 of Autumn Calabrese’s 80 Day Obsession. This workout program is intense. I am looking forward to finishing so I can go to a workout program that is only 3-4 days each week.
After finishing my workout at 8:00 pm, I decided to set a timer for 15 minutes and clean as much of the living room and kitchen as I could. I put on a podcast and loaded the dishwasher, picked up some dirty laundry, and tried my best to organize the pile of papers that have started collecting on our counter. When the timer went off, I gave myself some grace and crossed my fingers that my husband would finish up the cleaning when he got home from church.
At 8:15 I decided to finally heat up some leftovers (I never wait this long to eat dinner). I ended up eating dinner while checking emails on my computer. I knew that I needed to catch up on some Inspired Budget tasks and to be honest, I get my best work done in the evenings. There are fewer distractions and I even started writing this post so that I could make sure to remember all the details!
9:45 – 10:15 – Go to bed
At 9:45 I shut down my computer and headed to take a shower. I prefer to shower each night before bed. By 10:15 I was in bed with the lights out. I have a terrible habit of scrolling through my phone at night while I’m laying in bed. I know that it causes me to stay up later than I really should. So I’m trying my best to put my phone away and not scroll aimlessly through Instagram and Facebook.
I know that I probably need to go to bed sooner, but I tend to catch up on sleep during the weekends! I also spend my weekends working on Inspired Budget much more. That’s when I usually finalize my blog posts and schedule my Instagram posts for the week. I hope you enjoyed walking in my shoes for a day!