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    01/26/2010

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    My kids laugh at me since we can't leave the house without our "mama survival kit" which is simply my big LuLuLemon bag filled with books, journals and activities for all the found parking lot time! I should actually fill the bag with work-out clothes, but alas, it is what it is :) Have a wonderful multi-tasking day, Lain.

    Loved this post! I use #2 and #3 as my main survival strategies, but you reminded me that #5 is very important too.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your explanation of WHY we are overwhelmed!!! I think you have hit the nail on the head!! I have often thought about this subject and wondered WHY...........I feel like you have spoken to my heart this morning! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!
    by being YOU, you have touched my heart!

    Thanks for sharing your tips! It's so good you've written them down! And yes, I'm overwhelmed, too!

    This is great! I completely and totally agree with you..
    I am going to link this on my blog to share with my friends.
    Glad you put it all into words. This will be VERY helpful for busy moms!

    "Lower your expectations." The Perfection Illusion is my personal curse. I just barely figured out that lowering my expectations doesn't have to mean, "Let everything go to crap." (I'm good with extremes! If it's not perfect it's crap, etc.) It just means I don't have to fine tune everything to perfection. I can now let a *few* things evolve without micromanaging them to death. Hooray!

    Amazing list :o) Several friends with younger children ask me how I have so much free time... sadly, it's just because as my children age, they want to spend less time with me :o( It makes me very sad...make the most of their company while they let you!

    These are quite encouraging. Thanks for the ideas!

    Great post, Lain. Thanks for these tips!

    This is great. I write my blog posts at night after the kids go to sleep.

    That is a good tip about listening to the podcast while grocery shopping. **Do not take your kids to the grocery store if possible. This saves me time and money (from all the begging).

    Thanks for all the tips.

    aahh...Prozac...I knew I was missing something. ;) just kidding...

    Well put. ;)

    awesome!!!

    Good post. I sometimes stop to prioritize. Many times I press the pause button on my hobbies to keep up with my most important-family. When I am going out of balance, then I prioritize-me!

    I totally agree. When you have kids, you spend a big portion of your day in the car. It's amazing what you can get done while in the car.

    I've always wondered how you found time for all the reading. Even with my kids grown, I only get to read on weekends. Great post!

    Love those tips especially walking with a friend - much better than a coffee date ... might have to do that soon!

    You're Superb!

    I guess i am a huge time waster but i love to just sit and stare at the birds. Plus the meditating I do - 1 hour each day. Still I get to blog, prepare meals, talk to the kids, check home work, do exercise and not forget the kitchen and laundry. plus i can only concentrate on one thing at a time - I'm definately not gifted in the multitasking area.

    Thanks for this. I really needed some helpful tips. Feeling really overwhelmed, especially as a newly single mom.

    This blog was really helpful, and too funny! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    Love these hints. I think it was Voltaire who said, "The perfect is the enemy of the good." Has been so helpful to me.

    

    OOh, I will have to quote him! Those French writers
    are such smart gents. :)

    xoxo

    L

    Lain Ehmann
    Life doesnt have to be perfect to
    be good.
    lainehmann@comcast.net
    408.348-2156

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