A typical day in the life of a mother goes something like this….
You remember your child needs to bring a form signed and sent back to school and on the way to grab a pen to sign said form, you see a recipe on the fridge, which reminds you that said baked good needs to be made for a funeral later that week. You then look in the fridge to ensure you have cream cheese for frosting, which you do not, so you place cream cheese on the list of groceries and while you’re at it, you might as well check the pantry to see if there is anything else you need that should be written down. The phone then rings and it’s your mother asking again when the school concert was, so you go over to the calendar and it’s that coming Tuesday, which is two days before Halloween, which reminds you you still need to finish making your child’s costume, because you look at Pinterest and all of a sudden you think you’re an overachiever, a super-mom of sorts, and that energy to complete all of these tasks will just fall out of the sky.
All before 8 a.m..Phew. And you’re wondering – who calls before 8 a.m.? Well, everyone knows, in my house, the kids are up by 6:30. No sleeping in in this house – EVER.
You’re then off to your office, if you work from home, or off to your job, after the kiddos are sent on their way to school, or you chauffeur children to childcare.
And oh yeah, that form….it’s sitting on the kitchen counter….unsigned. Fail.
And what does your spouse do? Well, he gets up, scratches his groin, maybe eats breakfast, and heads off to work. Comes home at the end of the day, eats the meal you (lovingly) prepared. I say lovingly just to make it sound good but you have picky children and over the years all the finickiness in your home has made you kinda resent your stove. He then sits in the chair to relax a while, before heading off to bed.
Whaaaaa? Where’s my “sit in the chair and relax?”
This past week, I had a week where little things went wrong that demanded my attention (work related) and took my time away from productive things. This past week, if there were more activities/to-do’s crammed into the week or things to remember, I was going to have a breakdown. Mostly though, it was things to remember that went a little overboard.
That list at the beginning of the post isn’t my past week, in all truth, but as a mother, I have many days that start/end just like this. As is likely the case for many of you women/mothers reading this.
The day you were conceived and were blessed with estrogen, somehow the universe felt YOU were capable of wonderful things. And God was going to bless you with a brain, more complex than any man’s, I swear it. You and your brain were wonderfully made. Who the heck needs those Luminosity brain quizzes anyway? Just have a few kids! ha!
This post is not about throwing any men/spouses/fathers under the buss. It may sound like it is, but the point I want to get across is, in general, men do not need to remember half of what we women and mothers are expected to. It’s also not about how mentally unstable (secretly in my own mind) I was feeling last week because I would then just come across plain kinda loony. Although, there could be some truth to that last statement. Loons make the world a little more interesting……right?
This post is about the wonderful brains we women were blessed to be bestowed and how remarkable it is to be able to do all and remember all that we do. And how crazy this blessing can make us feel at times.
On days where you feel like every neuron in your brain is firing at lightening speed, where 10 minutes go by and you’ve already had about 100 thoughts go through your mind…and where you just don’t know if you can handle one more day of it….I have good news! There’s an app for that!
I would be absolutely LOST, in a trance of mind fog if you will, if it weren’t to a few apps that keep me on track. I want to share those with you today because I think we women could use more than just a little string on our fingers as a reminder most days.
First of all – ditch the hotmail and get yourself a gmail email account. If you have a home based business, do your business a favor and ditch the seemingly unprofessional email address like yahoo or hotmail. Get a self-hosted email account and you’ve already stepped up your business a few notches. Besides, who would take “firstname.lastname@example.org seriously anyway? By the way, that’s a totally made-up email address. And this is just a helpful tip of a squirrel moment I felt like throwing in to today’s post.
For the general public, gmail is wonderful too, because there are apps that you get with gmail that make scheduling, reminders, and access to personal documents a snap. At just a few clicks, I have access to my email, calendar (which you can create several – kids, family, work, etc.), documents, and the add-on extension to my gmail account called “Any Do.” Any Do is an app/extension that syncs your phone with your desktop and can be integrated with your Google calendar/gmail. Check your email and within your email receive a message you need to follow up on? Simply type in your follow up task in the Any Do box. Think of something while on the go, simply add it in to your Any Do and click “sync” to have it show up on your computer at home. You can get a text message either through gmail or through the app for a reminder. And just this past week I set a reminder when to leave my house as to not to be late to pick up my son’s replacement glasses. Yeah, I seriously would be LOST without these tools. Pretty slick, eh?
Another really good one is “Remember the Milk.”
They’re both available for Android as well. And did I mention both of these are FREE? Yup! You’re welcome. You can thank me in coffee beans and nail polish. lol!
Seriously, we women and mothers need all the help we can get; whether you’re a single parent, no kids but with a lot on your plate, etc.. We wear so many hats and no wonder we can get a little cranky at times. I also have to mention another app that I mentioned some time ago. When I really feel the overwhelm and the chaos is starting to tower over me like a monster, I listen to my Bible app. You can listen/read a passage every day for 365 days and by the end of the 365 days, you would have read/listened to the whole Bible. I tend to listen as I’m washing dishes, first thing in the morning, or on drives without the kids.
So what apps do you use that you have found helpful? Share yours in the comments (I do have to approve comments before they show up so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right away) as I’d love to check them out!
In other news, I just wanted to share I have some sneak peeks to post tomorrow! So check back right here tomorrow for those. A wonderful couple whose wedding I photographed last year made the trip from Lincoln for an anniversary session, and Saturday I photographed one of my favorite big families. I love big families. Also, tomorrow my monthly newsletter is coming out. And if you’re wanting to place an order from a previous session, the cut-off date to receive your order in time for Christmas is Monday, November 18th.
Have a great week! Until next time, love the loon(s) you’re with!