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I want to start this post with a bit of an apology (and probably a bit of an outpouring of angst - soz) as I'm aware I've been a bit AWOL this last couple of weeks.  I find it frustrating that I haven't had as much time to blog, and even more frustrating that I haven't had as much time to read other people's blogs and leave them comments and tweets and so on.  One of the things I love about blogging is the sense of community and all the friends I've made and I hate missing out on that and feeling like a bad blogger.

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The truth is, I haven't been able to do much of what's been on my list lately.  I feel like I've been put in charge of shooting a roomful of elephants (which would suck, I love elephants) and every day a new elephant walks in through the door and all I manage to do is shoot that one.  I read someone say the other day that their diary is like the Titanic, and to take anything new on would mean something else drowning.  Yeah, I feel like that.  We put so much pressure on ourselves as women I think.  At the moment I'm trying to juggle three assignments for my Certificate in First Line Management, cover two people's jobs at work, keep a three-bedroom house tidy and clean, see friends and family, think about Christmas shopping, renovate/decorate our whole house, look after a puppy and also fit in things that are important to me, or I should be doing more of, like blogging, helping out with My Street Chic (which I love doing), exercising, baking, being creative.  I certainly can't remember the last time I turned the TV on, or read a book.  What I really need is a weekend where I put the onesie on and curl up on the sofa with a blanket, a pile of books and my Where the Wild Things Are DVD.  Sadly these luxuries are at the bottom of my to do list at the moment.


I'm sorry this has been a bit a whinge, I guess I'm just feeling a bit stressed at the moment.  What do you all think? Do you have any tips for managing endless to-do-lists? Do you think we put too much pressure on ourselves to be superwomen?

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  1. We all get swallowed up in things from time to time and you're right that we as women put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect at work, perfect at home totally self-dependent and always looking immaculate. Just remember that you're human and it's not always possible to deal with everything on your own. Is there anyone you ask to help you with bits of it? A few colleagues at work who could share the load or friends who could pick up some christmas shopping bits for you while they're doing their own?

    It never hurts to ask and sometimes people are glad that you've asked them to help.

    Whatever happens don't let this swallow you up. You only get one go at this life and if you're too busy rushing round you won't be able to enjoy it! xxx

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  2. Yes, we do. I know from experience how much time and effort running a house takes. Until you do it then i don't think you realise the time it takes to do things that people often take for granted.

    At the moment i'm putting pressure on myself to basically be my normal self and do all of the things i used to...i.e. seeing my friends, going out etc. But being nearly 5 months pregnant now it's really not easy as my body can't always keep up. So this weekend i'm having a relaxing weekend to myself, taking some time out, eating lots of yummy food and watching endless rubbish telly.

    Maybe all you need is a day off and some 'you time' (sounds corny but it does work wonders). Don't pressure yourself too much and just do what feels right for you. Keep up the good work with the blog, love reading as ever xxx

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  3. Yes, women put more pressure on themselves than anyone else. I'm so sorry you're feeling so snowed under with everything at the moment. It's SO important to make time to be kind to yourself. Even if it's just half an hour a day to sit down with a cup of tea and a book. It'll do you the world of good!

    And make sure you don't say yes to everyone, it's better to do a few things well than loads of things in a rush.

    I really hope things settle down a bit soon! It sounds rough! It can be so stressful to be constantly living with piling things on the to-do list. Be sure to ask for help where you can too!

    Lots of love, will be thinking of you. X

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  4. Oh hon,
    You're doing so much! The trick for me is having a great support network of friends and family. If they are behind you and supporting you then you'll get there, promise.
    I'm feeling a bit the same at the moment :( so rant away and I won't mind.
    Xx

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  5. Oh don't worry! Every needs a break from blogging every once in a while so when we come back we remember how much we actually love it and have more motivation to do some wonderful posts. It happens to me every 2-3 months. Blogging is actualy more time-consuming than everyone thinks! X

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  6. I love the Elephant analogy... I use monkeys on my back, I have my own monkeys, and people give me their monkeys, and sometimes I can try to give people monkeys to lighten the load...
    Try not to let it all get to you, maybe give yourself a 'you' night once a week, where you do exactly what YOU want to do, be it blogging, reading or having a really long hot bath.
    I hope you feel less stressed soon, and that by the time Christmas comes you get to really enjoy it!
    xx

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  7. By the sounds of it you deserve a LONG weekend with a onesie! And even though it's not through choice maybe a mini break from the blog has given you the time to be superwoman so you can eventually come back in full force!
    Hope everyhting sorts itself out for you, work stress is the one thing that I cannot deal with is so I feel your pain, are they not getting other people in to cover the poistions you're covering?
    xx

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  9. I can see you've got a lot on your plate sweet and of course that's never going to be easy! Especially as a lady, where there are so many pressures to keep up with everything, and juggle so many balls that sometimes we can't keep up and end up dropping a few, but you have to remember it's okay that you're feeling like this, nobody's perfect and nobody would be able to constantly keep up with what you're juggling. Just make sure you find some time to take a break for yourself and have some 'me' time, sometimes it's all we girlies need, to recharge our batteries a little. Because keeping yourself healthy and happy is the most important thing in all this so make sure you do, no matter the consequences! I'm sure this is just a difficult period and that it will smooth itself out in no time! Chin up beaut, things will get better soon xxxx

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  11. Us women totally put too much pressure on ourselves, it is what we do best. It got to a point in my life that I realised something had to give, although I really didn't want to give up on some things, it was the only way I could cope with everything that was going on. Now I am a lot more organised and straighter in my own mind and enjoying everything around me, slowly I am able to start doing all the things I love again but at the same time am concious of not taking on too much, well more then I can handle at least.
    I hope you are feeling better soon and that the weekend with the onesie isn't too far away :) x x x x

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  12. I really hope you do find some time to chill soon! I've been feeling similar as I'm busy with two different volunteering things, marketing a magazine, doing freelance, as well as the usual keeping the house tidy/feeding the cat etc. I get a bit overwhelmed! I guess we have to learn to have a breather every now and then, if you leave stuff to pile up you end up feeling even worse.
    xx

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  13. ARosie u naughty thing u!Your quality of life balance is waay out of wack!Stop being so hard on yourself and setting your sights so high!What I would suggest is trying to break stuff down into manageable chunks or trying to timetable vaguely certain days for the different chores so everything gets done eventually over the course of the week so u dont feel so overwhelmed.Try the same for your "you"time,even if it's just half an hour or ten minutes at lunch.You need to have even specks of winding down otherwise ull burn out!How about ur walks with Bondhi?I really hope things get better for u love, u are such an inspiration you deserve a smile=) xxx

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  14. Awww love! Ironic that I've been so busy myself I've only just caught up with this post!

    It's the time of year (according to my mum otherwise known as the Oracle, although she does blame EVERYTHING on the time of year!) You're simply going through a "busy" phase and it will pass and you'll get through it.

    I think as women we need to let go of perfection and the idea we have to do it all and the guilt that comes with being unable to!

    Chin up my love :D xxxxxxxxx

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