Chronicles of the last 3 months.

I get the question a lot… Kate how do you do it. Well I usually have multiple teams of people working with me and I do have breakdowns.

The last 3 months have been well… insanity in a nutshell. It was decided in early summer that IMD was going to be moving to a new space. June passed, July passed, August hit. August a month that is usually slow but for some reason IMD decided to go gang busters and on top of that we had the office move & Great Lakes Bay Moms Block Party approaching. Daily life seemed normal, lots of meetings, projects, Country concerts OF COURSE had to go see Luke Brian VIP in Cleveland.

September hit, and the shit hit the fan, I landed myself in the hospital with a GIANT kidney stone (7mm) on Jacks birthday. I had 60 people coming to my house and of course I was at the ER. So I consulted my doctor, a client of mine who I was texting while in the ER, and he said go home, you have my number…  The party went well, all was fine and by the end everyone knew I actually had come right from the ER to the party only an hour early.

The week following was GLBM Party prep, big time, lots of work, all my time was surrounded around that event… of course the rained in the morning but the 3rd annual event was a success and we had lots of families happily attend, about 4000 people.

I decided to continue to put off the giant kidney stone that was just waiting to reappear but after another week it had to be removed… which gave me back pain for approx 4 weeks post. Awesome. In the meantime, the month was packed with tigers games, regular work, a trip to Holland, a stent removal. And BOOM. October.

October, the month I was out of the state for 20 days. I must be punishing myself for some reason to travel this much. Starting with a trip to Petoskey, than a 5 day jaunt to North Carolina for week only to fly home to see Eric Church in GR, home 24 hours and off to Southwest Michigan for a Girls Night. A week back full of mad work… Than off to Disney, we drove because WE WANTED THE FULL EXPERIENCE. hahaha. never again. 10 days gone on the road with 3 small kiddos, overall it was actually a great trip. Until we got stuck on the highway for 4 hours on the way back… not cool dump truck that hit the overpass at 4am. So we were back before Halloween and to start final prep for the IMD open house.

November started with a quick trip to TC, literally less than 24 hours there and back to drop an order at 2lads and pick up the final case of wine. Followed by prep and prep and cleaning, and final projects. The open houses were a success… from what I recall it was kinda a whirlwind. I’ll leave it at that. Of course I had to lose my voice too… no idea why probably because its been non stop for the past 3 months.

I literally can’t even recall the next weekend… nope, not a thing. I just know I ended up in bed at 7:30 exhausted and slept, and slept and slept more. Now its Nov 10th, my head is clear… finally. Guess I only needed one day of rest to decide its back to work!

Thank God I leave for Miami in 9 days.

My sweetest boy.

Jack has always had a huge heart, and you know deep down he LOVES his baby sisters. He doesn’t know life without them… I believe they are his whole world.

Jack has started to give his sisters hugs and kisses at night, its ridiculously cute. He kisses and hugs them in the sweetest fashion. Says I love you, goodnight. Just like mommy and daddy do every night.

It warms my heart.

Sanity or Laundry

Written for GLBM

Managing Time is similar to managing your grocery list. There will always be things that get added at the last minute, and often things that get are forgotten. Needless to say, personally, I love grocery shopping… late night on a Tuesday, really relaxes me.

When I think about being a mother of three, a business owner and also an active community member… I get a bit overwhelmed. So I tend to just not think about it. I try not to over think it. Ultimately, I wouldn’t say I am perfect at any of my job titles, but I know that I do try very hard to balance life. Time management in my life is all about: Organization and list managing. 

I would suggest 4 things for time management! These four tips help me immensely, and I would suggest them to anyone in need of ‘TIME MANAGEMENT’.

Have a good calendar. And put it in multiple places. I have a huge calendar in my kitchen that shows when we are gone, important dates, functions, etc. This would be the “family” calendar. No one can say they won’t know when I am gone because it’s clearly on the calendar. I also have this same calendar on my phone, which of course includes additional personal business meetings. I live and die by my calendar. 

Have Priorities. And stick to them! It’s so easy to get off track on what you REALLY need to do. Don’t put off the things you must accomplish — do them first. Then than you have a sense of accomplishment Which helps with the momentum needed to get the rest of the list completed. For instance, I dislike exercise. But if I do it first thing in the morning… I feel better all day!

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Mothers today have more pressure than 30 years ago. For some reason we now have to plan super, themed-out parties, hide an elf everyday at Christmas, make ridiculously creative treats for our kids to take to school on Easter… Let me tell you, your kids don’t care and most likely won’t remember anyway. Put your efforts into things that matter. Go the extra mile in other ways! If you have three children, make sure each of those children get some special time with mom or do a project just to do a project… not something that surrounds around having to Pinterest 100 things to spend $100. 

Remain Sane. Schedule time for yourself. All mothers are bombarded by daily tasks. Make sure you have some time to breathe for yourself. Whether you can go out with friends one night a month, or take a bubble bath 1 day a week… this time is crucial. Your sanity is just as important as making sure the laundry gets done. 

I, indeed, try to take one day at a time… What doesn’t get done today will get done tomorrow, or the next day. People do understand, but I believe you have to understand that even with impeccable time management — you can’t do it all. Knowing this helps me prioritize, and allows me to make sure I manage time for the things that we all know are most important to us.