It’s Term Madness! I’m right smack in Term 2 of the school calendar, right in the midst of Madness Zone!
Yes Term 2 is the most fearsome period for us PE Teachers with numerous events happening at the same time. We need to conduct the NAPFA test for the whole school under the scorching hot summer sun. While recovering from the intense heat, we battle through meetings to organise college events, for I’m sure most schools will be conducting either a Sports Day or a Cross Country run during this term. And in the midst of it all, we have to push our athletes through the sports season, cheerleading them towards the glorious trophies. Seriously, I think we top the list for the job of one man with multiple roles.
Job aside, I just relinquished the service of my domestic helper last weekend. After numerous counselling sessions, with no improvement in working attitude and deteriorating work standards, we decided that we had enough! It might be easier to just handle the chores and work ourselves.
And surprisingly, we managed the first week without her pretty well. With a little bit of effort put in by each family member, some teamwork and re-activating the service of the twins’ 70 year-old Great Grandma, I must say we did really well! And I truly treasure the teamwork that emerged between the hubs and myself during the week of self-managing the household.
So yes, I have been quite behind time in completing my certification course; not quite up to date with all the annual reports as I should be; delayed the family photoshoot that I’m supposed to arrange since March hols …. I think I have done my best to still maintain my sanity and manage all the other aspects of this hectic life.
And to remind myself not to dwell on what’s missing, but on what was DONE WELL, these are the Top 5 things that I have accomplished and be happy about:
1. Organising a never-before running event for 1,700 students. Many obstacles along the way but I will keep reminding myself the ultimate objective and outcome of the experience, to persist and push forth. It’s gonna be worth it!
2. My mum seems happier now without the domestic helper. Although she needs to now manage the chores on top of the twins, she seems more relieved now without her. I’m happy when she is happy.
3. The twins are a little more independent in their walking now – which means we don’t need to constantly be at their sides, every single minute. That gives us some breathing space, to be able to go grab a glass of water, or do the simplest chores, while they mess around on their own from the corner of our eyes. Yep, we need to engineer them to be independent toddlers!
4. And I’m proud that I’m still sticking to my Lean Eating Fitness programme! Though not 100%, I’m happy that I have improved my level of adherence over the last few weeks and made sure I schedule my time efficiently to fit in workouts 5 times a week!
5. Lastly, that we managed a swimming and dinner date last week, amidst the ridiculous working hours. We decided that effort needs to be put into “us time”, and what better way to spend the time, than be engaged in healthy activities at the same time. It’s really fortunate both of us have the same attitude towards fitness, which allows us to marry fitness with dates. Our upcoming project for year is participating in the Lovers’ Challenge at the NTU X-Physique in May.
Penning my thoughts down helps me slow things down and reflect on all that’s going on. And there ARE many things going on at the same time! I do wonder at times, if I can get any busier than I already am.
Motherhood should not be a limiting factor in what you can achieve. In fact, I think motherhood has driven me to look at and accomplish even more things than before.