Doing it all?

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Katie writes me an email today and says:

I have to tell you – i am way impressed by you. I don’t really understand how you have the time for everything you do, and also, you’re so organized, with your meal planning and all of that… I still find it nearly impossible to cook more than about 3-4 nights a week, I rarely clean, I blog very sporadically, I’m always wiped out…. how do you do it all? You amaze me.


Oh Katie…. PLEASE don’t be impressed. I don’t have my act together. This blog may make it seem so, but in many, many ways, this space is an online white board for me to jot my random ideas and a cyber file cabinet to store those links I don’t want to lose.

That said – I have learned a lot about organization this past year. Living abroad, in the life we’re in, requires that I make the most of the time I’ve been given. It also has forced me to find simpler, more time-effective ways to do the most basic of tasks around the home. I’m growing in this realm daily, and I hope this blog will only further that. And possibly share a wealth of information among other moms as well.

Yes, I have a lot on my plate, and it may seem like I’m juggling it all seamlessly. Not by a long stretch. My organized nature loves seeing those things crossed off my to-do list, but it’s a big deal if they’re all crossed off. Very, very rarely does that happen.

And on that note, I’m off to start dinner. And comfort the crying baby. And take the toddler to the bathroom. And put the laundry in the dryer.

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