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 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.


  1. LOVE this post!! You are an amazing mom,and I am so proud of you! These pics are amazing. Perfect first post! xoxo

    1. Thanks for your help and blog support! :)

  2. love, love, love. I struggle with mastering nothing, too - so many days I fall into bed at night thinking about all the ways I feel like I came up short (I barely played with Evelyn...I totally blew that student off...I snapped at Dan again...I still didn't call XXX back...ugh). Sigh...

    1. I hear ya! Just gotta keep plugging away. And hope we master something...anything!!

  3. Nan, this is great! You are a bold, courageous and fabulous woman. It was an honor to call you a mentor, colleague and friend. i miss our weekly coffee dates and your support, but i'm so proud of you for taking this big leap. you and your boys amazing me. thanks for sharing this glimpse into your reality...