Balance, Shmalance: A Denver Doctor Mom’s Funny Take on Having it All

It’s not often that I quote Ashton Kutcher…well, I never have.  But a quotation from a speech he gave at some awards ceremony went viral on the web and I kind of like it.  He said:  “I believe opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”  I really like that. I also believe in the sister principal:  “Balance looks a lot like chaos.” (That’s my version) As a doctor, wife, and mother, sometimes I get asked, how do I do it all?  All I can think is: don’t look down, I accidentally put on 2 different shoes this morning.

Pondering Beets: What’s On Your Plate?

Everyone has heard, and probably spoken, the phrase “I have too much on my plate right now.”  I know I’ve said it hundreds of times in my life, but for some reason it’s really resonated with me lately.  I was talking with a friend about the concept a few weeks ago and that conversation helped me finally understand what it means.  Ever since this conversation with my friend, I’ve been evaluating what exactly is on my plate right now because I know for sure it’s completely full.  I’m talking no room for even one scrawny string bean. So, I started thinking about all of these things on my plate, hoping that I could find some wiggle room:  kids, husband, job, the organization I’ve been building this year: Raising Little Heroes, marathon training, friend...

How to Balance It All (Yes, It’s Possible!)

Supposing all priorities were created equal, your day may look something like this: 4 hours at work, 4 hours with kids, 4 hours for hubs, 4 hours blogging, 4 hours for me; and 4 hours for sleep. But guess what? All priorities are not equal. Plus,

What kind of mother ARE you?

When it comes to motherhood, there are martyrs and there are saints, those who bend over backward and those who are not quite so flexible, as well as all points between. There are Marion Cunninghams and Carol Bradys, Marge Simpsons and Peg Bundys, each figuring out her own way to balance mommy’s needs with the needs of those whom she loves. What about you? Answer these four questions. 1. You have a chance to meet your favorite author who in town for a book signing — a to-die for experience! The problem is, the signing is at the same time as your daughter’s soccer game, in a different part of town. You can’t make both. a. You go to the book signing — you’ll catch next week’s game for sure. b. You go to the game. It’s important that your daught...

Mother Nature and her semiannual day of balance

The upcoming first day of spring conjures thoughts on balance, labyrinths and energy waves. How will you mark the equinox?