Firstly I must tell you about a new podcast I have just found. It could not have come at a more appropriate time either – a time when I have been feeling so overwhelmed and wondering how in the hell every other woman out there does it all. The podcast is called I Don’t Know How She Does It … can you believe it? Me either. I was beside myself so of course I downloaded the first 2 episodes, well actually the only 2 episodes because it is so new. And let me tell you my friends, it did not disappoint. The women interviewed were Jane Kennedy (5 children) and Annabel Crabb (3 children). Such real, down to earth women. They don’t pretend that they “do it all” and definitely keep it real. Yes, they have help, and I love that they admit this. No one can do it all without help! They were my kind of ladies and I could have listened to them all day – when can we have a wine Jane and Annabel? Just sort it out will you!
If you are sitting there wondering what on earth a podcast is and how you can download one, just read THIS post that I wrote a little while ago, it might help you out a bit. You can listen to them while you are doing all of those boring jobs like cleaning the house, folding the washing, long drives etc.
We waved off Stu & Joanie yesterday morning. Yes, there were tears, I was so sad to see them go. I don’t think people should come to visit me because I hate goodbyes and it is never pretty when they leave. Mr Chardy was cutting up a killer in the butcher shop so I thought the right thing to do was give them a little roast for all of their hard work, you can think of us when you are cooking it up in your camp oven Stu!
Now, having my sister here and also Stu & Joan has made me realise one thing – I can’t do it all myself…. I just can’t. I would like to think I can and have definitely given it a red hot go, but I just can’t. Things are falling apart. Trying to do everything and not doing any of it very well. So can you imagine how excited I was when the RAFS (Remote Area Family Services) girls turned up to do a playgroup with Clancy yesterday. He had them all to himself for 3 hours of play. Real play. And I had 3 hours without him by my side…. gee it was nice. The RAFS girls travel around all of the outback stations in North West QLD, Gulf and into the NT holding playgroups and home visits for any children under 5 years of age. Clancy just loved it…They bring all sorts of fun gear with them – toys (he loved the trains), paints, sand pit, obstacle course, art and craft. Yesterday they had a pirate theme. Right up Clancy’s alley – he makes a great pirate.
So…. I guess it is time to admit that I can’t do it all, I have come to my senses and hopefully a cook will be on the way soon. Lets hope she is wonderful and loves life here! I feel like a bit of a failure because I really did think I could do this cooking thing, and I can, but I just can’t stay on top of everything else – all of my other jobs. Having my sister and other visitors up here has also made me realise how lonely life is when it is just me and the kids. I often feel like a single mother who is doing a really terrible job of absolutely everything. Things are so busy here at the moment, it is just go go go – and I know it is like this for everyone but something has to give.
My name is Miss Chardy and I can’t do it all – there I said it. I am not superwoman! It turns out if you do want to be superwoman and “do it all” you definitely need help. So that is what is happening people…. help is on the way.
How are you going with your lot in life? Feeling overwhelmed? It is not a good feeling is it! Don’t worry you are definitely not alone…. most of us feel this way I think, just a lot of people don’t tell you about it. Lets just keep reminding ourselves of this…
Have a great weekend!