Why juggling with no balls?

Juggling with no balls is a metaphor to describe my life. I am trying to juggle – or balance, if you prefer that verb – several things at once.

I’m a university communications and marketing director. If you know anything about marketing and communications, you know it’s an incredibly challenging, ever-changing field, particularly in light of all the new and innovative ways we can market and communicate. 

I’m also a graduate student, working on a master of science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University. So, I’m juggling a challenging job and a challenging graduate program.

I’m also juggling family life, as many people do. I’ve been married to the same man for 22 years. Any of you who have been married for any length of time knows that marriage is a challenge as well.

I also have a 20-year-old son who occasionally needs me, and a 9-year-old Lab who needs me even more. Add to that various other miscellaneous things that many of us juggle: a three-story house to clean, which, thanks to the aforementioned Lab, needs to be vacuumed more than I have time for; and early-morning trips to the gym, which keep me physically healthy and mentally balanced … usually. 

So, you see, I’m juggling a lot and none of it has balls. Ergo, juggling with no balls.


3 responses

19 05 2011
Janet Renda

Love the metaphor! There are many of us in the same position. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

6 06 2011

Janet, honey,
I am not in the same position as you. You, my dear, are juggling way more than I with those four lovely children of yours.

I’m no longer giving baths, tucking in, reading stories, tying shoes, kissing boo-boos, etc. (though I really do miss that time) as you are.

I miss you. Give your darlings a kiss for me.

19 05 2011
Richard J. Marcott

Or–You are managing to juggle, but are scared every day! I kind of like that. There are many of us.

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