when $hit hits the fan...

It's Monday morning.... and I have a quiet house for a little while. I haven't had many of these moments lately. The last month has been C-R-A-Z-Y town in my world. Lots of fun things like Birthday parties, family get-together's, construction on our property and an unplanned shoulder surgery for the husband.

The latter has thrown a bit of a wrench in things. Not only do I wish I could take the pain away from him, but he isn't able to do anything around the house or even pick up Sloane. It's hard on all of us. I have to be honest, I feel spent. There aren't enough hours in the day, I'm not able to get as much accomplished as I want {need} and it has left me feeling a little deflated to say the least.

I feel like in the blog-realm we may sometimes show a far too picturesque snapshot of what our lives are really like. I like to consider myself a positive person, but I have my moments. I want to share some ways that I have been trying to keep the chaos under wraps.

And I will say this. I realize that shoulder surgery is not the worst possible scenario. It sucks right now, but it's nothing we can't handle as a family. I hope that you can use the following tips to reel in the chaos in your world.

When the going gets tough, here are 5 ways to get through the bull$hit... 

Keep it simple. Family comes first in my books and I have had to take some time away from work to focus on caring for my family. For me, the toughest part is not feeling guilty for what I'm not able to accomplish in other aspects of my life like work, time with family and friends, and tending to our home. Keeping it simple to me means, focusing on the small tasks to avoid that sense of OVERWHELM. Being stressed out and feeling out of control doesn't help the situation. As my business coach and mentor Marie Forleo says best, everything is FIGUREOUTABLE! Ain't that the truth.

Ask for help. Oh yes, you think you can do it all. I thought I could too, but we all have a breaking point and we can only do so much - and that's okay! These last few weeks our families have been AMAZING and have stepped up to help whenever they can. I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child and we are so grateful to have everyone close by especially in times like this. I often feel like asking for help is a burden on other people, but that's what family and friends are for. When you need help, just ask!

Keep perspective: How big is this issue? Like really, is this going to matter in 2 months from now or even 5 years from now? Sometimes the challenges we face are life changing, others may seem like a super big deal but when put in perspective are just another hurdle that challenges us to step up and learn something.

Take some time to put the oxygen mask on: My workouts have taken a back seat, my house feels like it's always a mess, the laundry piles continue to grow and the weeds are out of control in my garden but I've come to terms with it, and it's okay. Each day I am trying to do something that make sure I am still taking care of ME. If I'm not taking care of me then everyone else in my family will suffer as a result. Eating whole food, trying to get enough sleep, drinking lots of water, and blending lots of green goodness are ways that I am showing myself lots of love. As women we are often the CEO of our house and we must find ways to take care of us too if we want our family and homelife to thrive.

This too shall pass. It's not permanent, life will continue on and you will be okay. All of our daily challenges and struggles are different and I'm not going to say that my problem is worse than yours. Time does not stand still and as a result, this issue that you may be struggling with right now in this moment, will soon pass. Do what you can to meet your challenges head on and do the best that you can to overcome them.

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Okay, now I am back to making the most of this quiet time...

My husband really is more than okay, and just has to keep his arm in a sling for another few weeks.

In the meantime, I will continue to be mom, dad, nurse, chef, maid, landscaper, taxi... ha! I am so grateful for my husbands sense of humour that helps keep us grounded with the going gets tough sometimes.

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Thanks for listening friends. I felt the need to share this with you today in the hopes of assuring you it's not always unicorns and rainbows! We can't know what and when we will face these challenges - but that's life.