written by Heather at RunStylish

At the end of summer I had a great idea for a post. A ‘What Now’ post about all of my new free time with both kids in school. At the same school. Visions of clean closets, long workouts, tons of time to myself that would easily fill my days, and a blog post.


It is absolutely laughable how far off I was. Life is actually busier. My days are scheduled down to the minute. The daily goal is to maximize the three hours between my kindergartener’s drop-off and pick-up. Additional volunteering and exercising aside, I do have a teeny more ‘me’ time. Working out and showering while my little one is in school is a daily goal. That takes up at least 90 precious minutes. Hardly enough time left to hit the market. Let alone drop food off before dashing back to school.

So, this school year my house is not perfect. The closets are not fabulous and organized. The dinner dishes often sit. Even overnight on occasion. If we had a dog, the floors would provide a meal thanks to my crumb monsters. The majority of my free time is still before they wake-up, and when they go to sleep. Last year I was more pulled together, right? I had to be.


My moment of clarity happened the other night. I already changed. I unconsciously shifted everything. Each moment with my kids is more important than ever. Why start a huge cleaning project when my little girls want me. Our precious time together is shrinking year to year. Their schedules are filled with school commitments and activities. I work hard to protect their youth and not overbook their schedules, but they are still busy.


The answer to my question ‘What Now’ is in those very words. The ‘what’ is a list infinite pages long of miscellaneous stuff that always needs to be done, and the ‘now’ is the people I love. I choose to focus on the now.

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy.

Liam Neeson

My best creation is my children.
— Diane Von Furstenberg

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.
 – Jane D. Hull




Written by RunStylish ~ a busy momma’s life and style on the run





Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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