Friday, April 29, 2011


The last week and half has been hectic, dealing with the new pups and everything that goes along with that. During that time, I stopped putting myself first and went back to old habits - eating crappy food, not sleeping enough, not taking the time to put on makeup, etc.

So, I'm trying to find a balance. How do I deal with taking care of others but still make sure to take care of myself and the things I need to do, like go grocery shopping and doing my laundry?

To make matters worse, my grandfather had a heart attack yesterday. Even though my mom said everything was fine and not to panic, I still ran out of work the moment I heard and went to the hospital. Two hours off my paycheck isn't much, but I could definitely use that money. Plus, I'm sure the dinner at the hospital cafeteria wasn't the best for me, and the Pop Tarts I scarfed for lunch weren't exactly diet friendly.

Point is, I need to figure out how to balance my own needs with the needs of others. I know that I should be the top priority in my life, but I always put it at the bottom of the list when things get stressful.


  1. Hm, this example of visiting your grandfather after he had a heart attack is not very good when you are trying to make the point (which is otherwise very valid and important - but with this example you are undermining it, in my opinion). It was absolutely normal to visit him, and losing a few hours because of that worth it completely!

  2. I think that idea of putting yourself last is really common, especially in our line of work. It is a HARD habit to break, and something I'm really working on, too. I'd like to work less and do projects and home time more, but I can't afford to do those things when I don't work. Vicious cycle, and the change has to come from within.

  3. Your question there is the one I keep asking myself. But mine goes more like "how can I take care of a kid if I cant even take care of myself?" then I look at her and realize she is fine - fed, clothed, her clothes are washed, she is on schedule, etc. And then my questions becomes "So why do I refuse to take care of myself as well as I take care of other people?"