Time. It is my greatest gift and my biggest nemesis. I love being able to spend it with those I love doing things I love. Learning how to balance it has been the most difficult lesson that I've ever had to master, and I still haven't mastered it. Yet. As a mom, lawyer, and wife, the days are too short and the weeks are too long. Although there isn't any time to write to-do lists, they just seem to perpetually lengthen. There's one for family, one for work, and one for me, but that last one is empty. Somehow when the week is over, I am still amazed at the amount of things that I've checked off these invisible lists. I can thank having been a mom in law school for that one. Nothing will make you more efficient than juggling briefs and a baby.
Having Isabella the week before my Oral Argument was like hitting the ground running. Scratch that, it was like being cannoned out of a GIANT t-shirt gun into a race that you have to win or you'll die. Just being pregnant and juggling my class load, doctor appointments, and baby prep, had already taught me to balance down to the minute. So when my doctor came in and asked me to consider a c-section after 12 hours of labor, I vehemently declined and told him the recovery would clash with my classes, exams, and Oral Argument. I lost that battle 17 hours in when I was rushed into the OR and put under for an emergency C/S. I digress.
So babies and briefs. What does that mean? It means coordinating nursing between classes and having your husband bring you your baby so you can nurse in the car while you eat and read your outline. It means typing over your nursing-baby's lap or letting your baby highlight your book while you write notes in the margins. Fast forward to two kids and working from home, it doesn't look much different but the time-management becomes more challenging.
Quickly after I had Isabella and after my oral argument, I burnt out. There was NO time for a burn out but, it happened, and when it did I was reminded of a quote from Gordon B. Hinckley.
"Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured."
This made me view time differently. I still crunch the minutes but in the minutes I have, I am present, I enjoy and don't simply endure. I have a plan for every minute but, I take things one minute at a time as opposed to constantly living several minutes ahead and feeling behind. Time is less pushed, more natural, more casual, more savored, and I have become more durable and more efficient. Like the Jord watch.
It's natural, beautiful, and durable. The sapphire is pretty much impossible to scratch, which I know because I took mine for a spin to Disney, the beach, and I let Kate play with it. It's light, I barely felt like I was wearing a watch and somehow, the casualness of it helps me forget about tracking the time so intensely. It's breathable which makes it perfect for outdoor wear. Even if you do sweat on it, it's easily cleaned and maintained with a preserve cleaning oil pen.
I still count the minutes, I AM a crazy person. But we're VERY flexible. Mindful of the moments and living in time, not just looking at the time. If we need to push back dinner or bedtime, we do. If I need to postpone work, I do. Parenthood is all about rolling with the punches. Even though I don't have an hourly schedule, I still spend some time looking at my watch, counting down my time-windows to finish my last assignment, begin cooking, or to make it to the Post-Office on time. However, I enjoy my time more, I let the not-super-important things slip if it means I can sneak away to Disney or the beach, or simply play kitchen with the girls. The best way to manage time is by letting go of it a little.
Jord Watches are such pretty watches to look at but don't forget to look up and enjoy the time you have. Plan your time out but live in the moment. Time is the most priceless gift we can give our spouses, our children, our friends, and our family. A Jord watch is a gift you can give to anyone, male or female, and they'll be thrilled you did.
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