“Just Add Water”

“Just add water.” That’s what my Keurig says more often than not. After I help get the kids ready and get them and my husband out the door on time, I make my coffee, find my breakfast, and try to clean up the mess on the counter that everyone left before they ran out the door. Usually, there is no water left in the Keurig for me to make my coffee, and it reminds me to “just add water.” It’s really not a big deal…all I have to do is put more water in, right? But every time I see those words, it reminds me of how often I have to do “just one more thing” before I get what I need. I have to fold one more load of laundry before I can relax for the evening. I have to make one more glass of chocolate milk for my son before I can find something for breakfast. I have to find someone to watch my kids so I can go to an appointment, take on a gig, etc. The list goes on. It also reminds me of the fact that no one else in my life is “adding the water” for me. Everyone is busy with their own lives so I’m going to have to be the one to make sure my needs are being met.

The truth is, I find myself constantly trying to find that balance of taking care of my family, providing quality therapy for my patients, finding time to plan trips for my travel clients, keeping track of the schedule for my family, making sure everything that needs to be done around the house somehow happens, and making sure that I’m taking time out for myself. How does that even work? To balance all of those things at once? I can’t be the only one…

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