Our mum of the month is yet another demonstration that the busier someone is, advice the more they seem to able to
Sarah has been married for five years, and works three days a week. That leaves two weekdays to look after Isabelle, their beautiful 16 month old daughter, get the house work done, prepare meals and look after the pets – two dogs, a cat, a bird and a fish. Despite suffering from anaemia – for which she takes medication and grabs a short mid afternoon nap – she also finds time to host foreign students and keeps fit with regular exercise.
How does she manage it all? Like all of us, it takes a lot of juggling. If her daughter has something to munch on at breakfast that buys time whilst Sarah makes sure the student is ready for the day. Then she takes her daughter for a morning run with Joey, the dog.
“Pushing the stroller creates a good resistance so it’s a good workout,” says Sarah, “and Isabelle loves looking around and feeling the wind blow on her face”.
When Isabelle takes a nap that’s when the household chores kick in – she tries to get it all done on those two days, leaving the weekend free for family time. But on those two days she still gets an hour or so when the two play together, with no distractions. Quality time that you only ever get if you schedule it into your routine.
So, where does Sarah get all this energy? A devotion to fitness seems to help. Rather than collapsing in a heap at the end of the day, she’s watching TV whilst running five or 10 kilometres on the treadmill.
What we love about Sarah’s story is that she seems to have found time to do it all: that one on one time with her daughter, those chores that don’t get done by themselves, whilst still finding time for herself. She says being a mum has made her less self-centred – it’s more about Izzy. But, of course, you have to look after yourself too – and Sarah seems to have found the magical balance.