On Taking It a Day at a Time

by jessicaturner on October 28, 2014


You might have noticed things haven’t been totally normal here on The Mom Creative.

I missed Project Life Tuesday all together this month.

Posting hasn’t been its usual consistency.

I’ve just been a bit quiet.

You see things are a bit hectic for our family right now.

Here’s a snapshot:

We launched God Made Light last week. (Have you bought your copy?)

I went to Allume last weekend. (The keynotes are available for free- you MUST watch Shauna Niequist’s talk on hospitality. PHENOMENAL.)

Matthew is in Italy this week for work – lucky guy! (Check out his pictures on Instagram.)

I am at Disney World this week for an incredible social media conference. (I love my day job!)

My mom is at home keeping things running smoothly with the kids. (And doing a million projects that have been on my to do list forever. SO grateful.)

Matthew leaves next week for nearly 2 weeks in the Philippines with World Vision. (I will be single parenting the whole time, and it will be the longest the kids and I will have been separated from Matthew.)

Then there’s the day in, day out stuff – working full-time, parenting, kids at two different schools, grocery shopping, preparing for The Fringe Hours release (less than 4 months away) and being pregnant on top of it all.

Needless to say, I have needed to embrace the life lesson of taking things a day at a time and ultimately letting things go. This has been a year of receiving that lesson over and over and over, and I think I am finally getting the hang of it.

Book writing = letting go of other things to focus on writing

Incredible pregnancy sickness = taking things a day at at time.

Project deadlines = one by one

My inconsistency simply means I’m taking things a day at a time. I’m doing my best to steward life’s blessings well, while keeping my head above water and trying to stay sane.

Sometimes that looks like not blogging daily.

Sometimes that means picking up a book and reading, knowing that I still need to make time for self-care and my passions.

Sometimes that means ignoring chores to spend quality time with the kids and/or Matthew.

I’m not always great at this, but I’m getting better. I’m learning that things work out and the overwhelming becomes less so. The long days fade to memories. And we survive, usually a little wiser and a little stronger.

Thank you for joining me in this journey. Thank you for your notes, for continuing to visit here, for grace. I am so thankful.

What do you do when you are overwhelmed? Have you learned how to take things a day at a time?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan Cohn October 28, 2014 at 6:26 am

I love this! I actually just wrote my post for the day on slowing down. Slowing down to enjoy life and the things around us!! It’s so easy for our schedules to fill up and then we blink our eyes and the year has passed. Thanks again for a great post! Have a blessed day!


jessicaturner October 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

Thank you for your encouragement. Appreciate you!


Jo-Lynne Shane October 28, 2014 at 6:29 am

You have A LOT on your plate, for sure. When I’m overwhelmed, I often shut down. I love how you get even MORE efficient. :-)

Today I am actually taking the day OFF. It’s crazy, but I almost NEVER do that anymore. And I realized, I do not make enough money or do anything important enough to never take a day off. So. I’m doing it. I think I will feel SO much better afterwards.


jessicaturner October 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

YES for a day off!! I know you will feel better. Good for you for recognizing this.


Laura Vanderkam October 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Busy time – congrats on the book launch! When I am in crunch mode, I try to find stuff to cancel or push off. Then for everything that has to happen, I try to give it a specific time. Somehow knowing that a certain article will be written during 6-7 a.m., or a piece will get edited on the train ride tomorrow makes me feel more calm about it.


Mandy October 28, 2014 at 10:22 pm

remember when we talked a few months ago for your book? You asked what I did to keep my head above water and how often I made time for myself…I know I left that conversation reflecting on how awful my answer must’ve sounded. I also realize that the problem never was my husband…it was ME. While I don’t think he’d be up for me taking a girls night EVERY week, he IS totally fine with giving me time each evening when he gets home, or letting me get a run in, or letting me sleep in on Saturdays. I just didn’t THINK he was okay with that because he himself never asks for that time to himself.

Kudos to you friend, for doing what it takes to “just keep swimming” :-) your blog will be here, your readers here, your awesome new books still here(just read it to our kids tonight before bed!!), when you take the time to navigate this busy season! One of the things I’ve learned from this awesome online world is that people have a lot of grace :-) this is real life after all :-)

When a busy season hits my life, like the one you’re in, I am most successful when I allow time for myself and allow for grace when I feel like I’m falling short. Because ultimately it’s the pressure we put on ourselves that often has us curled up in the fetal position eating a tub of icecream 😉

Enjoy your trip! Good luck on the 2 weeks…my hubs is off to Spain for 2 weeks on Saturday for work and I’ll be right there in the single parenting trenches with you!


Mackenzie October 29, 2014 at 6:22 am

Love you Jessica! Thanks for being real!


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