Finding Comfort in the Daily Juggle

There was a time where I didn’t write things down on a calendar. I distinctly remember writing important dates on a post-it and taping it to my big, bulky, computer monitor in my uptown New Orleans apartment.

A time where my step-dad worked for an airline and I’d check the flight availability to anywhere in the USA and Europe and had the courage to fly standby on a whim.

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That was all, of course, before kids, before launching a company (or two), and before working full time and traveling a lot. Things are different now, in a very good way. I’ve become very diligent with my time, as it’s the one thing I can never get back.

I’m often asked how I juggle homeschooling my children, working and traveling for work, and all the other activities that come with having kids and running a household. The truth is that I’m on my feet a lot (I even have a standing desk) and we are the type of family that is often going places. So I schedule everything, share calendars, and then take off running -well, ok, walking in comfortable shoes like my Rockports.

Now that I work outside the home a few hours a day during the week, I have a reason to get dressed (most days) and wear fabulous shoes. At 36, I cannot wear a pair of shoes that will wear me out. I have to be comfortable without sacrificing style, and I’m happy to have found a few pairs in the Total Motion Collection from Rockport.

I’ve been (mildly) obsessed with their shoes since I first put my feet in a pair at a conference a few months ago and didn’t take them off for fourteen hours straight! It turns out that my “famous” blue shoes came with built-in comfort technology, so they feel like wearing sneakers except in a fantastic looking shoe. A shoe that I can wear to work or on set during long shoot days.

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But of course, I’m not all work and no play. One of the biggest lessons from creating a schedule for our homeschooled kids and my workdays is that there is always time for playtime; and even that, must be scheduled into our calendar or the day moves on without going anywhere.

Homeschooled kids need socialization outside of hanging out with their family members, and one of my favorite things to do on any given day is to take my kids to the park. The park is not only fun because of other kids that might be around, but I also get to connect with my children. The simple act of getting in the sandbox with my four-year-old is fun to me and it’s a place where I get to experience a lot of his fun personality.

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When the weather is nice, we also love to play at the water stations in the park. Sand and water play leads to every kid (and me!) needing to be bathed at the end of the day, and everything worn going straight to the wash. Even my Rockport walking shoes are thrown in there because sand always finds a way to get into the little spaces between my toes.

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Most days, however, you’ll find me toting my kids around our small town in the afternoons to their various activities like karate, art lessons, gymnastics, and the grocery store. Afternoons are, in fact, the busiest time of the day for most of us and we still have a lot of our day ahead of us!

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While some days I feel like I’m running a marathon of sorts, at least I’m comfortable, and my feet are happy. There is nothing worst than running errands, driving the kids around, getting home to make dinner, and having an achy back and tired feet. With my scoliosis the way it is there are two things I take seriously, one is quality sleep, and the other is the foundation my day runs on.

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As an active parent both at home and on-the-go with the kids and at work, I’m happy to have a few pairs of Rockports in my arsenal to help tackle all of the elements of my daily adventure.

What’s your daily adventure like?

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184 thoughts on “Finding Comfort in the Daily Juggle”

  1. Amy says:

    washable shoes, any style, I’m IN!! 🙂

  2. Esmeralda Gonzalez says:

    I don’t own a pair of Rockports but if they’re as comfy as you say, I might just go try on a pair. I’m n my 3-4 inch heels from before 6am until after I get home from work, picking up my son and running errands, which is around 5:30pm, sometimes later. Sometimes I even come home and go straight into the kitchen to start dinner and guess what, I’m still wearing my heels! My husband often asks, “how are you still in heels?!” Lol.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I know this scenario too well!! I’m not kidding when I tell you that I’ve had 14h days on my feet with my Rockports (the same style as the pink ones I have in several colors) and my feet didn’t want to kill me. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

  3. Becky B. says:

    I like the Lanea quarter strap. It looks as if it would be a great sandal to take on my European vacation.

  4. Kellie L Folkerts says:

    I would love to try the: Tristina Stitch Tall Boot!! Thank you 🙂

  5. Cristina says:

    The Weekend Casuals Laneas Cross Slide are my favorite. They are so cute and would benefit me by maintaining comfort while running some casual errands and also allow me to relax and enjoy the summer. Can’t get anywhere fast with an open heel!

  6. Maria C. says:

    Never owned a pair of Rockports but your recommendation makes me yearn to update my professional and home shoe. After 3 kids it’s been hard to find stylish comfortable shoes that fit my wide feet. I’ve liked to try the ballet flats and the low heel pumps.

  7. Maria says:

    Never owned a pair of Rockports before but your recommendation makes me yearn to update my professional and home shoes. After three kids it’s been hard to find stylish comfortable shoes that will fit my wide feet. To keep up with the kids and work I would like to try the ballet flats and the low heel pumps.

  8. Kiley says:

    Love the “Total Motion Curvy Thong.”
    I can tell they can be dressed down or up!

  9. Karen says:

    Wow! I’ve been looking for something comfy that doesn’t scream fuddy-duddy. I’m going back to work (teaching school) after being home raising my kids and need something that can support a full day of activity! It’s hard to chose a favorite, but the garden court sandals are calling my name! Thanks!

  10. Beth goforth says:

    Weird post partum side effect for me was all kinds of foot issues where i have a really hard time finding good shoes that don’t leave me limping at the end of the day. I would love to try out the truWALKzero III bungies to replace my worn out 10+ year old tennies I can’t get rid of!

  11. Dawn S says:

    I adore the Weekend Lanea Fringe Quarter Strap sandals! So cute to dress up or down & and be comfortable everywhere!

  12. Denise says:

    I suffer from pain anytime I wear heals so I’ve gotten rid of a lot of shoes and am in need of flats. I really like the Total Motion Hidden Wedge Tied Ballet. I bet they feel AMAZING!!!!

  13. Beverly Smith says:

    Love the pink rockport sneakers you are wearing in the pics. I would love to have a pair of those .

  14. Jessica says:

    Those tennis shoes are adorable and would be perfect for chasing my daughter around the park! I also love the t-strap sandals for summer everyday wear and the Total Motion Hidden Wedge Crescent Cap Toes for an everyday nicer looking shoe!

  15. Anastasia says:

    The 7 to 7 pumps look great. I’ve been looking for something comfortable that will keep my long skirts off the floor- but that I can easily stand in for an hour or so.

  16. Andrea says:

    While juggling a busy family and career I am on my feet constantly. I love the look of heals but my feet crave the comfort of a sneaker. The 7 to seven pump looks great!

  17. Cindy says:

    Just ordered myself a pair! Thanks so much for letting me try on yours at the office.

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