The Juggling Game:

“It’s the moms of this nation – single, married, widowed – who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. You know it’s true, don’t you? You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.”
~Ann Romney

Stacy D. Fehlinger
Certified Health Coach
Owner ofHealthy 4 Life, LLC(678) 719-2283
LongevityCoachStacy@gmail.com

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The Juggling Game:
The Joys of A Stressed Out Overscheduled Mom

Ok, let me start off by saying that there is absolutely NO JOY with being a stressed out overscheduled mom. I’m writing this blog today as a self-help article for myself. I know that all of the other stressed out overscheduled mama’s out there that are feeling my pain, can benefit from the tips I will share and then promise to start incorporating the tips I’m not currently already incorporating myself.

You might be asking why am I a stressed out overscheduled mom? As some of you reading this are aware, I switched careers a year ago and obtained my certification as a health coach. For the past year, I have been building a new business while still running the household. I can say that after leaving corporate America about 3 ½ years ago, I now have a new appreciation for stay-at-home moms.

I’ve never been a stay-at-home mom. Both of my daughters were in daycare after 12 weeks when I had to return to my full-time job.  Even after I left corporate America to gain some sanity in my life and have more time with my family, I was building a business related to my previous career as a Paralegal.

I began working on a contract basis with sole practitioners as a Virtual Paralegal.  It gave me the freedom I so needed to take care of my family, but I was never going to be able to make the income that I made while working at large corporations and large downtown law firms.

It has been a dream of mine to either work in the health and fitness field or to own my own business for many years. I didn’t want to take the time and expense to obtain my master’s degree to become either a Dietitian or Nutritionist.

The health certification was a very affordable option and I was able to complete it entirely online. It also gave me the freedom of being my own entrepreneur. Hey, I just accomplished both of my dreams at once!

I can honestly say that this is the first time I have enjoyed working since having my daughters. Whether I’m giving a free presentation, writing a blog, or working with a client, nothing feels like I’m actually working.

I’m realizing that it took me entirely too long in my life to really figure out what I should have been doing probably the past 16 years.  I’ve also discovered this past year that I’m absolutely in love with writing! I love writing blogs, I’m making my final revisions for my first e-book and I have ideas for a few other books.  I feel that the creative side of me is on fire!

Ok, I’m rambling today and I still haven’t answered the question yet as to why at this very moment do I feel like a stressed out overscheduled crazy insane mom.  Here is what I’ve had on my plate this week, three “coffee” meetings (for those of you reading this that aren’t entrepreneurs, these are meetings with people you want to follow up with to get to know them and their business better), one client meeting, four networking meetings, parent/teacher conferences for both of my daughters, taxi driver/carpool services to my 11-year-old’s math tutor and my girls soccer practices.

Now, I’ve also tried to keep up with laundry, ran several errands so that we had food and necessities, cooked a healthy meal every night (most nights we were all able to eat as a family) and I put together a rather impromptu summer intern program which will be an unpaid position for some lucky graduating Senior interested in the fields of Nutrition/Exercise Science, Marketing, Business Management/Entrepreneurship.

This summer internship idea came together after I recently offered to be a part of a career day at a local high school. When asked if I had any job openings available, if I could mentor a student or had an internship available, light bulbs went off in my head! I quickly put together a summer internship program of several areas where I could use some assistance, so I can focus my time on writing and networking to grow my business.

Did I mention, I’m writing this blog late on a Friday afternoon and I’m looking at a very busy weekend filled with 5 soccer games over just 2 days?  I couldn’t imagine having more than 2 kids!!!!  Tomorrow both of our daughters have games at 1:30 p.m. and their games are about 75 miles apart.

Have you heard enough to make your head spin? I have a feeling many of you reading this had a very similar crazy busy week too.  I’m actually quite frustrated with myself this week because I’m the one who put all of the meetings on my calendar. I already had the parent/teacher conferences on my calendar and knew all the errands and sports activities I had to do with my girls this week, yet somehow also scheduled way too many business tasks.

Here are 5 tips (I swear I’m going to live by all of these from this day forward) to avoid being an overscheduled stressed out mom:

1. Find time for you – I actually do find time for myself everyday – it’s called my workout.  Absolutely nothing gets in the way of me and my scheduled workout for the day. That’s just what I like to do for daily “me” time. Your “me” time may be a cup of coffee and a good book in your sun room or treating yourself at your local nail salon to a mani-pedi.  If the kids are driving you crazy, you might need a little Zen and take 5 to 10 minutes to meditate. Whatever you like to do to chill out, should be done on a daily basis.  I consider this part of self-care.

2. A spotless house can wait – The dusting and vacuuming can wait until tomorrow if you child wants to spend some quality time with you after a long day of working. Of course, you can ask if they would like to help you with the household chores, but if your kids are like mine, that would get a huge “NO” response.

3. Carpool – If you have friends or neighbors whose kids are involved in the same activities, try to coordinate schedules and work out a carpool plan. My youngest daughter is currently on a soccer team with her friend that is our neighbor, so I do get relief one day per week when it’s her carpool day to soccer practice.

4. Ask your spouse/significant other/kids for help – I have a story here. Just today at a networking luncheon I attended, I was talking to a fellow entrepreneur and I could hear the frustration in this lady’s voice on this very subject. She mentioned that she had been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years raising her child while her husband traveled quite a bit for his job.   She now has a small business of her own, but her husband asked her to stay home today and not attend the networking meeting because she needed do their taxes.  She also mentioned that she has to do everything at home. Good for her for not listening to him and getting out to meet people to grow her business! Now, she just needs to ask him to get a CPA to take care of the chore of the taxes.

My husband never complains when I ask him to help out around the house, but I had to call to his attention just this week that we have full laundry baskets in our bedroom closet (I’ve already separated everything by color in several different baskets) that he could just pick up and throw everything from the nice color separated baskets into the washer and then when it’s done put it in the dryer. I forgot to mention that my husband works from home, unless he is traveling and he only travels maybe twice a year.

My husband and I also made a deal when we got married that whoever cooked dinner the other one would clean up and we continue that tradition today. We ask our kids to help out in this area too, but most of the time they act as if it’s torture just to put their dirty plates in the sink. Yes, we are working on getting more cooperation from our girls with the family chores.

5. Make and Freeze Meals/or Use Your Slow Cooker – If you have time on the weekend to make a week’s worth of healthy meals and then freeze them for easy prep on busy weeknights, then I highly suggest that you do this instead of going through drive-thru or eating at a restaurant. I’m a big fan of my slow cooker, since I don’t have time on the weekends to prep healthy meals and freeze them.  I use my slow cooker sometimes three times a week when I know I’ll be on the go quite a bit.

Well, look at that, the stop work alarm I have set at 5:00 p.m. everyday just went off and I’m actually getting ready to attend the fourth networking meeting I mentioned earlier. My goal from now on is to stop overscheduling myself. Balance between work and family life is key. I made sure that I didn’t schedule as many meetings next week, so I can have more in-office time to get through my growing to-do list.  Less stress for me next week and I wish the same for you every week.

May we all be destressed, sane and happy mamas!

Healthy Regards,
Stacy

Healthy 4 Life’s Slow Cooker Recipe

Mango-Pineapple Chicken Tacos Recipe
*This recipe is 16 servings so I would half the recipe and then freeze half of it if you have a family of 4 or less.  This sounds delicious and I plan on trying this recipe one evening.Ingredients

    • 2 medium mangoes, peeled and chopped
    • 1-1/2 cups cubed fresh pineapple or canned pineapple chunks, drained
    • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
    • 2 small Anaheim peppers, seeded and chopped
    • 2 green onions, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 4 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed
    • 3 teaspoons salt
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 32 taco shells, warmed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Preparation

    1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Place chicken in a 6-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with salt and brown sugar. Top with mango mixture. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
    1. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Strain cooking juices, reserving mango mixture and 1/2 cup juices. Discard remaining juices. When cool enough to handle, remove chicken from bones; discard bones.
  1. Shred chicken with two forks. Return chicken and reserved mango mixture and cooking juices to slow cooker; heat through. Serve in taco shells; sprinkle with cilantro.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary.
Recipe Time   TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. |  Cook: 5 hours | MAKES: 16 servings

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Healthy 4 Life, LLC
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    • 6 hours of instruction in a self paced environment over 3-week period
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Events & Workshops Around Town
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Team Beachbody Promotions: See below details and Link to www.teambeachbody.com/Fehlinger1 to place your orders!
Current Beachbody promos: 
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    3) Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup)

Intro to DoTERRA Essential Oils—Every Wednesday
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Join us on April 13, 7:30am to 9:00am, at Edward Jones Marietta office (1295 S. Marietta Parkway, Building 300, Suite 218, Marietta, GA 30067) for a powerful business networking event that comes with a unique twist. We use a structured format that allows spotlight introductions followed by our famous “lightning round” so connections are made instantly. No cost to attend.  Click Here to Register 

Hiram Xperience Connections Meeting—Fri, April 21
Join us on April 21, 11:30am to 1:30pm, at The Olive Tree Restaurant in downtown Hiram, GA for a unique women-only networking event in a safe, supportive environment with great food and great conversation!  Register at http://xperienceconnections.com/spotlight/hiram/.

Elizabeth Gilbert at Unity North Atlanta—Mon, April 24
“Elizabeth Gilbert: Thoughts on Creativity”. Lecture and Q&A, followed by a Meet-and-Greet Reception exclusively for premium ticket holders. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Purchase tickets at http://unitynorth.org/business/tickets-elizabeth-gilbert/.

Say YES! to Six Figures—Thursday, June 22
Join Business Strategist / Mentor / Trainer Donna Lang and 100+ Business Owners on June 22nd, 9am to 5pm, for a business training event in beautiful North Atlanta that will “Put Your Business On a “Profit Fast Track!”. Lunch, Snacks, Workbook Included. Register at http://www.smarttoolscoaching.com/say-yes-to-6-figures.html.

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