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Musings on the life redeemed & purpose redefined

How do you DO that? March 28, 2011

Filed under: Blogging — dayna @ 12:00 am

Last week I had the privilege of attending Tucson’s very first Mom It Forward event at the courtyard adjoining the Ben’s Bells studios. (I hope you will return tomorrow for a very special post on the oh-so-unique Ben’s Bells. Both their story and their “be kind” message are beautiful.) As for today, the mommy part…

Our Hostesses

Mom It Forward is an organization that strives to bring moms together for worthy causes through social media and hosted get-togethers. Moms gather, have a good time, and help their communities- both local and worldwide. This is “girls’ night out” with a purpose.

It was simply a lovely event. Our hostesses were the ever-connectors and gorgeously gracious Becca and Linsay. They thought of everything! While enjoying the blissfully spring day, we painted bits of pottery that will eventually be part of a finished Ben’s Bell. There was tasty food from Creative Catering, some fun giveaways (check out these adorable bags from Kelly’s 31 Gifts), and even some divine freebies (Gadabout and t-shirts from Big Frog).

Now for the best part: the company! I got to spend a little time with my sweet friend Amanda , who somehow even manages to pull off unexpected bird droppings with the perfect mixture of hilarity and class. I’m also pretty sure she toned down her crafty talents so she could join me in joking about our painted pottery winding up in reject buckets somewhere. “Who painted that?” 😉


We were surrounded by so many amazing ladies. All these mamas chatting, painting, laughing, and helping one another. So many of them juggling multiple roles right before our very eyes: mother, friend, philanthropist, entrepreneur, teacher, blogger. It was inspiring and invigorating.

So, to you so many mama-types in my life, I just have to pose the question:

“How do you DO that?”

Juggle it all, that is. How do you find balance? Is it always a matter of prioritization, or is sometimes more complicated? How do you maintain normal life when you are feeling motivated by dreams or inspiration?

Lately, I’ve been struggling with the balance thing.

This little site is an outlet for me. It’s intended to be a way to document and share in the journey of living a better life and raising kids. And I find it just so exhilarating and exciting. The ideas for improvement and material for musings seem endless. The time to devote however… not so much. Sometimes I find myself so consumed by the fun details and possibilities of it all, that I start to neglect those important day-to-day activities like dishes, laundry, or, um, sleep- ouch.

I know that some of the struggle may be in the newness of the blogosphere, and that once I get  systems created, I will be able to mostly just write. (Or am I wrong on that too?) I also know that at the point in which this venture gets in the way of me being present for my girls, it is simply no good. They are my main passion. I intentionally don’t get online when the girlies are up, so I basically have nap time (if!) and nighttime (hence the even darker circles).

So to all my mommy friends:

I really want to hear from you! How do you balance pursuing your dreams, hobbies, & passions with enjoying and caring for your family?

To all the bloggy mama friends:

I would love specifics on how you make it work ladies. Do you have a schedule? Do you have certain days or times you write, manage photos, reply to comments, maintain your site, learn!? How much do you read and comment on other blogs? Aren’t there just too many good ones?

* Come on back tomorrow to learn a bit more about Ben’s Bells on their very special anniversary.

The Mom Crew

Even more thanks to Becca for permission to use just a few of her lovely photos 🙂


6 Responses to “How do you DO that?”

  1. stephanie Says:

    I see some familiar faces in that crowd! 🙂

    Balance is illusive, isn’t it? I find that I’m constantly shifting my priorities, re-evaluating, finding a groove…and then having to do it all over again.

    • dohadden Says:

      You were definitely missed friend!
      The groove thing is so exciting sometimes- but I seem to always have million ideas and to-dos knocking around in my head. I always have I guess- the bloggy/writing stuff is just so much more fun!
      When I am quiet and take it back to priorities (faith, family first) it seems to help me refocus. Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. I love this post, Dayna!

    And I can’t answer your balance question. To be honest, some weeks I spent too much time on working and blogging, and some weeks (like the past 2) not enough. I try to be flexible, and I don’t sleep as much as I should.

    And isn’t Ben’s Bells amazing? If ever something that tragic were to happen to my family, I can only hope that I had the strength that Jeannette has.

  3. Miss Dayna,
    Thank you for this post! I enjoyed having a mommy day with you. And P.S. I am just the dorky, bird-poopy, can’t craft-her-way-out-of-a-paper-bag type, no pretending there!

    I wish I could give you juggling ideas, but I have none. My life is an unorganized mess, but the motherhood part makes it beautiful!

    Keep on blogging, when you have time… because you are great!


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