The hard stuff is HARD, man. Life in 2017, so far

And why I’m making some changes so the rest of 2017 looks different.

So, the last few months have been HARD. In fact, I talked to one of my very best friends yesterday for 20 minutes, and so much of my bluster just falls away in the first few seconds talking to her because I can tell her anything. She is really a jewel, y’all. We haven’t caught up in a while, but it was refreshing to just say, “Life has sucked, Meg. I’m a mess,” and she’s all “Yeah, I’ve been worrying about you, and here’s my junk, too.” And I am so thankful for friends like that because they are the best. So, in the effort of being transparent without being a total over-sharer, here’s what my life has looked like recently, and why I have made the decisions that I have.

Ever since I started this grad school program, my life has been so rushed and unpleasant. I know that it’s the hard that makes the pay-off great, but I have felt miserable, overwhelmed, and even depressed more times than is healthy. My daughter didn’t even want me to hold her because I was such a stranger to her due to my insane work/study/adult schedule. See, I worked my required three-in-a-row, 12-hour shifts every other weekend, which meant I didn’t see Darcy at all for three solid days. The rest of the week and my weekend “off” I spent immersed in my pharmacology book to cover 16 weeks of material in a 7-week summer school class. Darcy would actually scream when I picked her up, tried to feed her, or god-forbid take her out of daddy’s immediate radius. Consistently she did this. Like for weeks. It was a combination of frustrating and heartbreaking, and it was MY fault. So on top of insane stress, I now could pile up buckets of resentment combined with a nasty dose of guilt.

A change was needed. Because on top of the crap scheduling of 12-hour shifts and working/giving up EVERY OTHER DAMN WEEKEND, working while short-staffed with hard assignments was exhausting. After one shift in particular, I came home and my husband said, “That’s it. You’re done. Apply now.” I did, and now I have my weekdays after 3:30pm, every weekend, every holiday, AND every summer. Thank the LORD! I will miss my awesome coworkers, but I cannot change the fact my husband is in engineering school, that I must work full-time to keep insurance and a paycheck coming in, that I have a busy 16 month old who needs her mama, that I am in grad school, and that I am pregnant. Those things that do add to my overall crazy can’t really change and I wouldn’t want them to (except the school). Lets make that clear. But my job could change and did.

At this point I want to say how THANKFUL I am for my husband. He is under a lot of stress with school, his internship, and being a daddy and husband. He has been a solid rock of amazingness the past few months while I’ve taken on what feels like the world (I’m dramatic, so sue me).

Ben really is amazing, though. He cooks, is an incredible hands-on dad, and he says really sexy things like, “Good morning, beautiful. I made coffee, and my mom is watching Darcy tonight, so we can go on a date,” or, “I didn’t cook tonight, but the pizza will be here in 20 minutes. Go take a bath.” Swoon. Just like that and once again I’m a goner for this man. To any un-marrieds reading this: marry someone kind. I can promise you that it is the most important quality in the entire world when choosing a spouse. I know that some would tell you that finding a man who is a Christian and loves Jesus is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER, but as I am married to a Jewish man, I can tell you from my experience that it is not true. Yep, controversial words for a Christian woman to say, but I grew up hearing that your marriage is “doomed” without Christ, and that you will suffer great despair if you are “unequally yoked.” I will further address this on a future blog, and I know it will be met with some pushback, but I can only write with complete honesty if I’m writing from my perspective and experiences. It’s not my intention to offend anyone, but I wish to offer authenticity and a worldview blog-readers can respect if not agree with. Love to all.

4 thoughts on “The hard stuff is HARD, man. Life in 2017, so far”

  1. “You are not a tree. If you don’t like where you are in life- MOVE.” I love this saying so much as it applies to any aspect in our lives. I’m currently stuck in a JC Penny that is too crowded for my sanity and I figured reading something while my grandmother tries on 70,000 sneakers so as to distract myself from my anxiety and lack of understanding towards my anxiety. Anywho- you are blessed and you soon enough you’ll look back and be thankful for all of this insanity and Darcy? She won’t remember these “hard” times- ever. No matter how guilty we feel for inadvertently “neglecting” our babies when life gets so heavy and hectic that we just have to put other things first for THEIR sake- they never remember and they ALWAYS continue to over-love us at the end of the day. Even on days when we feel undeserving of their unconditional love. I know. I’ve been there and am often Still “there”. Kudos to you strong momma!

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    1. You just get me. I love that! And you are so right. These things that we are doing ARE for Darcy and her future. She won’t remember this. Hearing that really helps me along and I appreciate it coming from an awesome mom who has “been there, done that!” You are such an encouragement to me! Thank you! Also I hope your grandma picked some shoes fairly quickly. Overcrowded malls (or anyplace covered in people) are the opposite of everything good in this world.

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      1. I’m glad I could offer any kind of comfort in these times! I think what you’re doing is brave and inspiring so keep your head up even on your worst days! and LOL. I just hate malls. I pretty much shop even for makeup on Amazon to avoid people. It’s awful! Have a wonderful week girl!

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