Most mothers have a very useful skill in common.....
We are excellent multi-taskers!! This may not have been a talent that you were born with but out of necessity it develops within weeks/months we can suddenly eat breakfast while talking on the phone, while dressing a wriggling child, and manage to get three items checked off the endless TO-DO list all before 8.15am.
You imagine therefore that managing multiple work related tasks, while simultaneously completing the usual mum jobs and household tasks would be completely doable.
This week was a blur of phone calls, emails, meetings and project management all in preparation for the Studio opening in a few weeks (2 exactly, from yesterday, YEAH) and I was relieved that the kids would be back to school thus "freeing up" my time. I was clearly delusional.
I had conveniently forgotten that back to school meant 2 drop offs, 3 collections, homework, lunches, over tired, cranky and downright sullen children and the uniform issues. Really when you wear the same uniform to school 5 days a week how can it possibly take you 25 minutes to get dressed!
It was one of those weeks I wished I had a personal assistant. I actually answered my phone twice and told the caller on the other end that "Jessica" was busy and would get back to them shortly......my son literally thinks I have lost the plot as he heard me do this! I had to do the thing that I hate the most.....ASK FOR HELP.
And it wasn't as bad as I thought. The world didn't stop, a few extra things got finished and when you ask the right people they are actually happy to help.
This is a big deal to me but a lesson I am pretty sure that I can carry to other aspects of my life.
I am a "All or nothing" kind of girl and somewhere along the line I decided that that meant I had to do it all or nothing would get done. NOT TRUE.
And the beauty of asking for help is that you can do more of what matters. For me that was some quality time fighting with my offspring, a good hard workout (still a go hard or go home girl in the gym and on the town!) and lunch with a few friends. Plus the Studio is well on course for opening and the more it comes together the more exciting it gets!
It felt good. So good that I actually am going to take a night off and indulge in my other passion... food and wine!
So I might not be able to "Get my guy on that!" for now, but I might just throw out a little call for help when I really need it, and to the amazing friends in my life who never let me down, just know that, by helping with the small stuff making a huge difference and you are actually making me a better person xx
* I love exercise equally as much as food and wine, I call it balance!*
Jessica Keniston is a mother of 4, former dancer and lover of fitness who has turned her passion into a career. Read favourite tips, recipes and workout advice here, and sympathise with the daily motherhood struggles!