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Middling on challenges...

I like to watch and see how challenges change through our lives. When I was working with E's class yesterday, I saw the challenges the students faced (as many of them can't hear the difference between long and short vowels). I saw the huge challenge her teacher faces in trying to bring these students up to speed (2nd grade and still struggling with vowels?).

For me, there are a number of challenges right now. I'm struggling to complete my final project for school (the directory), and added to the frustrations of not knowing the software very well (we're using Excel, which I never use), the migraine made it interesting -- for those of you who don't get migraines, it's hard to think when you have them. Even before and after (technically called prodrome and postdrome), I have brain sluggishness. It's almost like I can feel my brain trying to make connections. Today, I'm at the end of the pain (kind of -- it's still achey and tight, but it's definitely easing), but the postdromal sluggishness is its own pain ;)

Another challenge is work. I'm delighted to have a full roster, but with the additional school stuff, it's made for a busy and long couple of days. My work weeks run from Thursday through Wednesday, so I'm needing to complete everything today.

Then there's the continuing challenge in writing and pursuing publication. That's been put on the back burner for me, but I'm still plugging away...I'm almost done with my current revision, and then I'll be querying and starting a new project.

Added to those are the everyday challenges of being a good mom. I so enjoy my kiddos, but there are always times when being a loving and patient mom are more challenging than other times (and yeah, pain doesn't help).

Even on normal days, balancing mom-hood, school volunteering/responsibilites, writing, and work is a challenge, and it's one that most women face (even though without kids tend to have a lot on their plates). I suspect these challenges are what make our lives so blessed, in the long run...right?

What challenges are you facing today?

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robinellen
Sep. 21st, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I love to revise -- but my challenge comes in finding time to do it ;) Hope it's a good word day for you, Sarah!
spiritworld25
Sep. 21st, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
I have a lot on my plate as well, but somehow make it through every day. I'm glad you mentioned the migraines, I'm thinking I have those as well as my depression and going to keep a journal to see what triggers them etc. Not fun when I have a 2YO to look after along with doing "work". Do you make a prescribed medicine if you don't moind me asking. What seems to work well for you? I find when they get bad I have to just lay down in peace and quiet in the darkest that I can get a room. I hope you are able to manage everything, seems you are handling it well despite the migraine.
robinellen
Sep. 21st, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
I've tried all kinds of things over the years, and what works for me is a combination. First, I take between 2 and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil every day. I also avoid many of the foods on the trigger list (such as red wine and hard cheeses). I use progesterone cream (but I think you're too young for that) too. I also have had acupuncture before (which I love, but I haven't had the money or time for a while now). Yoga helps too...but mostly, I listen to my body and try to follow its cues. Mine are hormonal, so I know when they come (approximately) -- and although sometimes Excedrin works, if I don't hit it right, it just exacerbates the nausea. I don't take prescription meds because I'm worried about the side effects. I've been fortunate, though, to be able to control them (for the most part) through diet, exercise (in yoga), and supplements. If they were coming all the time, I'd definitely look into something medical!

I hope you can find what works for you, Jamie -- they're such difficult beasts :(
beachdog
Sep. 21st, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Challenge - today it's just trying to look busy.

{{{ }}} for the migraine.

(I started a yoga class last night ... I don't bend very well)
robinellen
Sep. 22nd, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
I don't bend well, either...but after a year of yoga, I can now come a little closer ;)

The migraine finally left about fifteen minutes ago. :)
tracyworld
Sep. 22nd, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm feeling extremely grateful to not face all those challenges through the migraine filter. My head begins to hurt just reading this, Robin. I'm in awe of how you continue to move ahead despite that pain.

I hope you have a wonderful, pain-free, brain-smart kind of day.
robinellen
Sep. 22nd, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
Well, it stayed all day -- but it's gone now :D I'm lucky that I don't get severe migraines -- I don't know how people handle that!

Hope you're enjoying our beautiful weather, Tracy :)
karenbschwartz
Sep. 22nd, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
I too am in awe of all you do. I can barely balance writing, kids, and their school stuff. I only occasionally get sinus-induced migraines and on those days I literally do nothing. It's cereal for dinner, put yourselves to bed.
robinellen
Sep. 22nd, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
I've had them bad enough (thankfully that's rare) where I can't get out of bed and everyone's on their own...this one was painful and fogged up my brain, but I could still function (mostly) -- it did make me pretty cranky, though. ;)
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