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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.

Should You Have A Big Fat Purpose?

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3D Bullseye Being very clear on my purpose and values makes life sweeter for me, and balance easier to find, but is that the only way to feel like you’re doing life right? I don’t think so.

The benefits of a big fat goal

When I’m working on an important project, like promoting a book I believe in, it’s easy for me to find the time and energy to succeed. I’m happy to get out of bed early and put in extra hours at night. Focusing on the end result even makes tedious tasks like slogging through email more bearable.

Another benefit of having a larger-than-life target to work towards is that it makes prioritizing easy. Anything that moves me away from the prize gets bumped down the list, no hand-wringing necessary.
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My kids make me a better grown up

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Reunited! This weekend, I drove to Chicago to retrieve my children from their grandparents. After 6 weeks away, they are finally back where they belong: in my home. While I missed their faces, voices, and hugs terribly, I confess that I have more selfish reasons for being happy about their return. My life is much more balanced with kids.
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How to Clock Out When You’re Never Off the Clock

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Passing TimeLike so many working parents, I am always on the clock - and I’m not talking about with my kids. I’m at a point in my life where my work is just as demanding (if not more so) than my children. Emails send my phone vibrating at all hours, and maintaining a social media presence is an essential task that knows no open or closing times.

But maintaining that long term is impossible. And insane. And a guaranteed recipe for burnout.

Many times, I have let a project swallow me whole and stayed plugged in until I simply couldn’t take it anymore. I then had to take an extra long time to recover and make amends with family and friends. Ideally, I strive for a little more balance.
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How do you know if you need to slow down?

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Question markThere is a lot of information out there about how to improve your life. Experts are constantly tossing advice our way. But should we listen? Do our lives even need adjusting?

Consider these three questions to help you determine if you’re on the right track or if you may want to take a step back and slow down.
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How I use yoga and meditation to stay balanced

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I’ve long ago given up the pursuit of a work-life balance. Work is one of many aspects of life, and mine is rarely in perfect harmony on any one day. Instead, I aim to be as present as possible no matter what I’m engaged in, and I try to make sure my personal connections and my individual goals get as much time and attention as needed. I don’t keep track of which role is getting the most of my hours, in other words, but I do strive to keep myself balanced.

Of course, that’s easier said than done.

What does it mean to be balanced?

The feeling of balance is like the feeling of happiness: somewhat difficult to explain and totally unique to the individual. You know it when you’re in it, and I absolutely know it when I’m out of it.
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Why working moms need a tribe

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CBR003159When I first moved to Pittsburgh last summer, I set out to make friends. Instead, I ended up joining tribes. As a result, I’ve fostered connections to my new community, grown my business, and found better balance in my life. I’ve come to appreciate the importance of tribes - or groups of like-minded people - especially for working parents.

What is a tribe?

When I use the word tribe, I’m talking about a group of people who come together based on similar goals or interests. I’m a member of a group of female entrepreneurs, I served on a committee to plan a school fundraiser, and I started a private Facebook group for people who want to be happier. Each of these is a tribe for me.

The difference between a tribe and a one-on-one relationship is that, obviously, there are more than two people involved. What that means for me is that I have a better chance of finding the connection I need, when I need it. It also means that we make getting together a priority: we have things to do and goals to meet, after all. We make plans and schedule them on our calendars, something that seems to be more difficult to do with my girlfriends.
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Why I Love Being a Working Mom

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UntitledI’m pretty sure my life would be easier if I didn’t have kids. The sacrifices I made would mostly be mine and mostly for my own advantage, not because of a promise I’d made to one of the kids or hopes I had for their future. Without children, I’d have one less (or in my case two) distraction from reaching my goals. Traveling would be less expensive, and it’d be easier to focus on writing if I only had myself to feed.

At the same time, I suspect my life may also be easier if I chose to be a stay-at-home mom. I’m not saying all SAHMs have it easier than working mothers, but I think sometimes that my life would be simpler if I didn’t have my work to distract me from keeping house and enjoying my kids.

And yet, I am so grateful and thrilled that I get to have both of those “distractions” in my life.
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3 reasons working moms need hobbies

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untitled The first decision I made as a mother was to drop out of college and get a job so that I could offer my child a better financial future. Not only was that decision short-sighted (and financially unwise), but it set me on a path that I see many working parents walking: our primary purpose when we’re outside of the home is to improve life in the home.

When we read about work-life balance, we discover tips for how to be good parents and wives while also managing a work schedule. Our days and our Pinterest boards are divided between home and work – be crafty, organized, and nurturing or productive and successful. What’s missing from these pictures is a frivolous pursuit that has nothing to do with home or money making: a hobby.
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How do you transition from mom to professional?

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Finding the Perfect Hat...PricelessI start my days as a mother. The drill is a familiar one to most mothers: make wake up call, encourage teeth and hair brushing, check children’s clothes for obvious stains or tears, check backpack for homework and papers that should have been signed the night before, slobber kids with hugs and kisses as they run out the door. My goal is to help my kids begin their day on the right foot, well loved and appropriately dressed. What happens next determines how prepared I’ll be for my own day.
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A new (to me) definition of balance

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Enlightened When I signed on four years ago to write this column, my intent was to discuss the constant quest for a work-life balance. I imagined sharing my best productivity tips as well as commiserating about the days when those tips inevitably failed. Over time, I also began sharing how my definitions of "work" and "life" were evolving . But while the balls changed in shape and color, the desire to keep them aloft always remained. Recently, however, I’ve begun to question my understanding of balance itself.
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