Janelle In Real Life: Striking that Balance


Striking that Balance

I can get behind any fashion trend involving fun texture. So I'm obviously feeling chenille sweaters!

sweater- sold out, similar HERE | denim- levi's | handbag- vintage dooney & bourke (similar here) | shoes- free people

And the color is to DIE for! Give me all the burgundy lately!

This week has been stress city as I've been trying to meet work deadlines and simultaneously get our family ready for a fun trip! I can't complain that my current stress is a good job and going somewhere fun, but it definitely has meant I have less time to kick back so my anxiety is in full swing.
I've been working on some coping skills for when I get anxious and meditation is proving to be super helpful! If you haven't tried it before, you really should! Taking a few minutes to just relax & clear your mind even once a week can make all the difference.
I think most everyone these days experiences higher stress levels and we are just kind of a high strung society. It's hard to keep up with everything that's going on, and that work-life balance is a constant struggle.
I have to say that working from home is even more difficult than I imagined it would be. I've been working from home to some degree for the last several years, but I'm taking on more full-time things right now and I'm learning to cope with the constant guilt.
When I'm working, I feel guilty that I'm not giving my kids my full, undivided attention. And when I am playing with them, I feel guilty that I'm not getting work done! It's a real lose-lose situation and I'm so over it. Why as women do we feel like we always need to be doing all the things?? I've talked about it with my husband, and he doesn't really experience guilt when he leaves us during the week for his 9-5 job. But as a woman, I feel responsible for being there for every part of my kids' lives (and cleaning up their messes), while also feeling called to pursue my own passion & career.
I do "time blocking" in my day, where certain hours are set for work, kids, blog, husband, self, and chores. It's helped a TON, but overlap is unavoidable for me when I have a crying child or an important deadline. I know with time I'll get better at balancing and the guilt will subside, but for now I just hope I'm not the only one who struggles with all of this??
What I'm learning is that it's good to just give myself a break. I'm doing my best, my kids are overall healthy & happy, and I really like my life right now. It's ok to be a work-in-progress!


  1. "Why as women do we feel like we always need to be doing all the things??"
    Yes, why?! It's absolutely exhausting to do all the things and it's not restful to feel guilty whenever we aren't.
    I like the idea of using time blocking. I'm currently trying to create a schedule where I have one weeknight free every week as a way to combat some of the "go go go!" stress.

  2. I hope you find some time to relax and destress.