One of my favorite blogs on all things working moms is The Miami Herald's Work/Life Balancing Act by Cindy Krischer Goodman. She writes about everything from current events to parenting issues, all with a focus on managing the balance between work and family life.
Yesterday, Goodman asked her readers a question that I always confront sometime in the Thanksgiving to New Year's stretch:
Where did the year go?
As Goodman put it, "As I strive each day for work life balance, each year seems to go by faster and faster. When November hit, I found myself saying, "Didn't I just eat turkey a few months ago?!?"
Yeah, how did it get to be November? Now, almost December? I'm still full from Thanksgiving 2009! Where, indeed, did the past year go?
I do know that I spent 2011 juggling both sides of the work/family balance, working as a lawyer and taking care of my kids and my marriage. Other than that, it's all a bit fuzzy. According to Goodman, that's because we tend to create lasting and detailed memories of first-time or novel events while our impressions of events that repeat year after year (or day after day) often blur.
To slow down the pace of life, at least psychologically, and recapture our memories, Goodman suggests keeping a journal. She also recommends taking advantage of new and unique experiences to create distinct memories and focusing on positive, rather than negative, past memories. All good advice.
Unfortunately, I don't have the discipline for a daily journal but I do blog - at least occasionally. I won't subject you to a roundup of all my 2011 CurrentMom blog posts (or my late 2010 posts) but reading through them I can tell you that since last Thanksgiving, I've spent most of my time on the essentials of everyday life for a busy two-income, two-kid family: chauffering, cleaning, cooking, commuting, comforting, coordinating, hugging, laundering, loving, organizing, scheduling, schlepping, shopping, traveling, and working (and teleworking).