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Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.

5 Ways Busy Moms Can Find Peace

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118/365 - meditate Chaos tends to reign supreme in the life of a working parent. The metaphors used to characterize us include juggling, wearing multiple hats, and balancing on what must be a precariously narrow line. If those images are true, danger – or failure – is always one small mistake away. It’s no wonder, then, that so many women tell me the one thing they want to feel more of is peace.

Peace. Calm. Serenity.

These words are rarely used to describe our lives, but we need quiet to balance out the rest of the noise and frenzy.

I’ve found adding one or two little habits to my routine can make a big difference in how peaceful I feel overall. A few moments of calm helps me cope with a whole lot of chaos.
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Hey Moms, Do You Need a Social Media Diet?

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Two and a Twenty-FifthI remember a time when Twitter was only populated by bloggers and tech writers. Now, even grandma might be checking out her twitter feed during Sunday dinner. Not only that, but you’re more likely to find out about school delays and winter road conditions on Facebook than the morning news. Social media is the new Internet, and everyone is plugged in.

In part because of that pervasiveness, many people are finding that social media is crossing the line from enhancing their lives to disrupting it. Smartphones - and the platforms they connect us to - are now omnipresent at dinner tables, in the checkout line, and on the night table. Our tendency to always have one thumb in the digital world means we never have to be bored or alone - but it can also rob us of mindful moments and opportunities to deeply connect in person.
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How Expressing Gratitude Can Improve Your Career

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Gratitude is this month’s buzz word. You’ve probably seen it all over your Facebook timeline, and it will surely start popping up in TV commercials any second now. I’m a fan of gratitude myself and encourage people to practice it all year round because of how it can boost one’s personal happiness. But, did you also know that gratitude can help you get ahead at work?

Feeling grateful can make you more productive.

When you’re loving your job and appreciating the paycheck and perks, it’s easier to do your best work. If you’re feeling resentful, you might be tempted to hold back or do the bare minimum.
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Give Yourself Permission To Slack Off This Holiday Season

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el que senties per nadalWe’re only a few days from Halloween. Thanksgiving is less than one month away. According to my math, that leaves 56 shopping days until Christmas.

Does that fill you with glee or dread?

If you’re already practicing the perfect turkey brine and your homemade centerpieces are drying in your craft room, then this article may be completely worthless to you. If, however, if you have more ideas pins than projects started and you’re suddenly wishing you would have started budgeting for gifts a few months ago… I understand.

And I’d like to tell you that you can still enjoy the next couple months of holiday mania.
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Would You Let Your Kids Skip School?

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the school bus routineLast week we taught about the importance of personal days for adults. What about your kids? Do you - or would you - ever let them take a break from the daily grind of school (even if they don’t have a fever)?

My mom worked and went to school full time for much of my childhood. No one took days off. I don’t even remember staying home from school sick, although surely it had to have happened at least once in thirteen years of public education. The expectation was clear: kids go to school.
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3 Signs You Need a Personal Day

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One of my favorite things about working from home and being mostly self employed is the ability to take a personal day when I need it. I don’t generally have to ask permission; it’s up to me to move around appointments and assignments if I want to clear up an afternoon or an entire day smack in the middle of a work week. Even if you have a boss, chances are you can call in sick or schedule a personal day once in a while. But should you?
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Celebrate the Wins

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Sunset Party Dancing Girl SilhouetteSometimes I feel like most of what I write about is how to manage: how to manage stress, how to manage your family’s needs, how to manage succeeding at work with a busy family life. But life, I believe, is meant for more than managing.

Life is for living, noticing, and celebrating.

I forget that as often as the next person.
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What Is Your Personal Self Care Recipe?

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Christmas Recipe Box

You know you need to take care of yourself. We’re practically beat over the head with the message that we can’t take care of anyone else unless we take care of ourselves. “Put your own oxygen mask on first,” the experts tell us, referring both to airplane safety and daily life management.

But what does it mean to take care of yourself?

Eat well. Exercise. Get plenty of rest. Right?

That’s the message I have heard over and over again.

From there it gets a little muddy.

By the way - what does it mean to “eat well”? Because one magazine says that I need to eat only whole foods, Weight Watchers says I can eat whatever I want, and my friend swears that gluten is from the devil.

I have similar mixed feelings about exercise. I hate running, but I know several people who are passionate about it. And should I do it everyday to build a habit - or three times a week to keep my muscles guessing? I can find sources on the Internet to support either option.
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How To Balance Achieving With Appreciating

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Nowhere to go As a working mom, I often feel like I get conflicting information. For example, I’m supposed to be sexy for my husband, but gender-neutral in a boardroom. (Hypothetically; I’ve never actually worked in a boardroom.) The advice we get on how to succeed also seems to contradict what we’re told we need to do in order to be happy.

In order to be successful, we’re supposed to set goals and have a forward-facing outlook.

In order to be happy, we’re supposed to focus on the present and be grateful for where we are right now .
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How NOT Being Flexible Can Make Balance Easier

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Live and learn!We’re told that the ability to go with the flow is essential for success. But putting your foot down, drawing a line in the sand, or simply refusing to budge occasionally can actually contribute to a more balanced life. Balance is all about making room for everything that matters most, and stubbornness is the bouncer that keeps trivial stuff from taking up precious space.

Use a pen on your calendar. Some things can’t be rescheduled, like birthdays, anniversaries, and other days worth celebrating. You can be just as rigid about date night or family time, which makes it less likely that a business meeting will suddenly outrank personal time.
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