My life is a constant game of balance: balance between being a mom and a professional.
In my professional life I am a part time teacher at a very prestigious Catholic school, which is very interesting because I am not Catholic. I am starting grad school for the summer and hopefully will be a graduate assistant. I drive an hour each way to work 3 times a week, make only enough money to survive, and feel like I will never finish paying off my student loans. But I love my job, and I love my kids, and the part time aspect allows me to spend more time with my son.
In my personal life I am a single mom of a toddler. I have has infinite support from not only my family and friends but also my son's father and their family. My son is the first grandchild on both sides of the family, so he is adequately spoiled. I am a new vegetarian who is learning how to eat and cook again. I am learning about meditation, and, though Buddhism doesn't quite seem right for me, mindfulness and seeking peaceful abiding has had a huge impact on my life.
I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to better organize the two poles of my life. I am constantly organizing and rearranging and trying new ways to manage my time. I am learning to cook new things and to purge old things and to simplify my life in general.
This balancing act isn't easy, which is why I call it a game: Because a game is a puzzle that is exciting to solve.