Juggling work, parenting, relationships, housework and socialising during a pandemic!!!

So our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced as of Monday (14th September 2020) group gatherings larger than 6 can no long gather in both indoor or outdoor settings in England. How does that make you feel? For me personally, I’m full of mixed emotions right now. Do I believe its the right thing to do? Yes, to kill this virus. Does it feel like its the right thing to do? No. How can I accept its right for grandparents to be forced away from their grandchildren again or for people who are alone in this world to feel any more lonely. I cannot accept that at all and if I could make the world a brighter place for everyone, I would do it in a heartbeat. But for now all I can do is follow government guidelines, stay active as a NHS volunteer to help combat loneliness and spread my positivity over on my YouTube channel.

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This year has made me realise how truly blessed I am to have my family and friend’s in my life.

Me and my fiancΓ©, Shawn have both always worked full time. We have been so lucky with childcare as my parents have always had the children when we’ve needed to work or when we wanted that odd night away. That all changed at lockdown though. My dad is classed as one of the vulnerable people and my priority is to protect him and the rest of my family. During the lockdown, childcare wasn’t an issue as me and Shawn where both furloughed. However, once we both returned back to work in June things had changed. We had NO childcare for the first time ever. I couldn’t face leaving my children with strangers as times have been unsettling enough for the boys. I couldn’t unsettle them anymore than I had too.

We where lucky enough to be able to change our shifts and work back to back to ensure childcare was not needed. However, it meant me and Shawn having no time together and when we were together the kids were obviously our priority as they always are. It was like a game of relay – I would go to work whilst Shawn was at home with the boy’s and then when I finished I would pass the baton (the car keys) to Shawn and off he went to work whilst I had the children! We where tired but we carried on as we know normal times will be back… eventually! The children have now gone back to school full time which means one day a week me and Shawn get to spend a few hours alone for the first time since March. However, the first week we was so tired that we just nipped out to browse at a few charity shops then came home and took a nap. By the time we woke, it was almost time to collect Jack, our youngest. The 2nd time alone a week later, I had to attend a meeting at work which ran into the afternoon. Nevertheless, we have high hopes on a quality day together next week – not as parents, not as housewives and househusbands. We are going to spend together as a couple and i cannot wait. We have deserved this!

A lot of people ask how do I keep up with it all and stay so positive. The easiest answer I can give is that although I love a busy lifestyle, I always make sure I make time for me. I believe self care is the best thing you can do to not only energise yourself but to give you the energy and positive thoughts to help others. I once heard a saying that has always stuck with me since and thats “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content” and it’s true. Sunday mornings are my time alone. I enjoy being awake with a cup of tea in my hand, pampering myself and planning my week with my planner. I ask myself what am I going to achieve this week in terms of personal life, my family, home, work and YouTube. Once I have a goal from each aspect I feel ready to tackle the week… right after I’ve washed off my facemask.

“A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content”

Published by Michelle Osgood

I'm a mum to 2 boys, Ashley and Jack. I have been with my fiancΓ©, Shawn for 17 years (7 of those engaged and yet to set a date to get married). I work full time and I run a small youtube channel under the name Michelle Osgood

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