Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mastering the madness...or something like that

Prior to staying at home full time with my boys, I worked at an amazing company with amazing coworkers and amazing clients.
 
 
When a five-year project with one of my favorite clients was coming to a close, we spent a lot of time in reflection. In one of our meetings the concept of mastery came up--the notion of truly understanding and having great skill in a particular area. The concept stuck with me. I had often considered myself "The Jack of all trades, but the master of none."  I decided I wanted to master the things that were important to me.
 
I wanted to master my job...the art of being a mother...my role as a wife...and the list goes on.
 
Seeing as I'm now a stay-at-home mom, it is clear that didn't work. When trying to master everything, I found myself mastering nothing. So in a bold and difficult move, I streamlined my life.

Now I'm simply trying to master being a mother and a wife.

In my quest to master the madness, I have visions of my kids always looking like this:
 
and serving up dinners that look like this:
 
 
But let's face it. Sometimes life is more like this:
 
or this:

and dinner on particularly rough nights looks like this:
 
 
It's in those moments that I'm pretty sure the madness is mastering me.
 
 But I'll keep trying anyway.