Lately, I've been thinking a lot about finding balance in life. Every time I think I've got a good balance of work, household duties, and family, something big happens and I have to re-adjust things to find balance again. Still working on that since baby #2 came into our lives. But, there's one thing I've found that makes a big difference!
I found I was running out of time and energy by the end of the day. So, I decided to cut out a few things. Rather than spend as much time cooking, and sticking to my rather strict (for me) grocery budget, I increased my grocery budget so I can afford a few more convenience dinners and can just go to one store. Even though I only added about $10 a week, it has made such a big difference! I don't feel so stressed about getting dinner on the table- it takes less work, and I find I'm much happier.
I don't think it's as much about money as it is the extra TIME I have. I know that not everyone has the flexibility to just increase a budget to help things go back into balance, but I bet there is something you can change to increase the amount of time you have during the day. Do you watch a lot of TV? Try cutting out a show or two. Feel like you don't have enough time to read? Try listening to a fun book on your way to work in the morning. Hopefully that can help you find the ever elusive balance, or at least get a little closer to it!