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Welcome, June!

A little life update and recap to kick off the month.

I recently heard someone say that May is another December for parents with school-aged kids.

And no truer words have been spoken.

Christmas is my favorite holiday. And as the mom of girls, who is just a tiny bit Type A, Christmas is my show. But the weeks leading up to it are the death of me.

So while my husband is truly a 50/50 partner in almost everything, he knows the best thing he can do in December to help me is stay out of my way, say yes to everything, and don’t ask how much I’m spending.

But May, May is a team sport.

And after this month, I would argue that May is more bananas than December because you get two exhausted and burned-out parents by the end, who would do it all over again for the memories, but are hanging on by a thread.

We have three girls in three different schools, one in high school, one in middle school, and one in Pre-K.

That means three different schedules in three different places, often simultaneously. And every parent knows that the end of the school year is wild.

I can’t tell you how many times, my husband and I would look at each other and marvel at what is asked of parents during the day, as if no one works.

From a 10 am Special Person Tea to a 2:30 middle school softball game to an 8 pm pickup at the boat house, IN ONE DAY, so many hours were spent transporting kids places or waiting in the car until they were done, squeezing in work in the weirdest, most uncomfortable places.

And that was just during the week, weekends often started on a Friday night and ended late on Sunday with the girls at their respective sport.

Travel parents know you depend on rain outs for a little break. But this season was nothing but blue skies, and even when something did get rained out – we were already there. So it doesn’t really count.

We keep telling ourselves we will miss these days. We know that. I already do.

And we know how lucky we are to work from home and have flexibility.

But the intensity of being hands-on parents and running a business also kicked our asses.

I’ve had to give myself a lot of grace this month and be grateful that I could keep up with our publishing schedule, and I had to readjust some goals to keep my head above water, which was frustrating in the moment.

Even as I write this, though, it’s hard not to be grateful.

We had fantastic moments, from the incredible Taylor Swift Concert and weekends on the sidelines with friends, to long car rides coming home from games just talking with the girls.

It’s worth it.

We’re exhausted, but it’s worth it.

Happily it’s June, because, just like December, this is party is not sustainable.

Two of our three girls finished their school year; one is done on the 15th – which is excruciating, she hates all of us as she leaves for the bus in the morning.

But the crew season is over, and a fresh, slightly more manageable schedule starts with less chaotic mornings and a little more help.

I’m so tired, but I couldn’t be happier to end the school year and start the summer with joyful, thriving kids.

And I’m thrilled to get back to my regular work schedule. We have a lot of exciting projects in the works that I can’t yet talk about, but so many things are happening behind the scenes.

So stay tuned for a June full of summer outfit ideas, fashion finds, tips and tricks and a lot more.

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Friday 2nd of June 2023

Oh gosh!!! I remember those days of kids activities. I couldn’t wait till the end of the school year and then of course the summer activities started but it always felt so much easier in the summer!

Kim Wilson

Thursday 1st of June 2023

May is commonly known as May-cember in these parts. I wish I could say it gets better as they get older, but the crazy continues with college prep and graduation activities. Just grin, try to enjoy the variable weather and appreciate the once in a lifetime (over and over again) moments. Someday we will miss this.


Thursday 1st of June 2023

I get this but sadly, It's all behind me now. I was a swim and baseball parent for over a decade and now my youngest will graduate high school on the 15th. I have some FOMO for my friends who still spend weekends on pool decks and on the field.

Tammy Stokan

Thursday 1st of June 2023

Megan you are not alone! I also had a year where we had three kids in three schools in three different places.

Now one is away at college and two are in High School but involved in Marching Band, Baseball, Karate and Competitive Robotics. We live in our cars and work in our cars LOL!

As a working mom I totally get this post. We will look back and miss these times, but right now, I too am so grateful for Summer. If only because it offers a small reprieve to allow us to recharge our batteries!

Cheers! Tammy


Thursday 1st of June 2023

Hello Megan,

I have enjoyed your postings for years. In 2014 I used Kristal Closets to cull my closet and ready me for a move to take on an executive position. I ended up donating most of my clothes and bought new wardrobe staples that have been with me for the last 9 years. I am ever so grateful. I am now retired and need a new style and wardrobe culling. Any suggestions on who I should work with? Ann


Thursday 1st of June 2023

Congrats on "almost" being done, and condolences to your daughter who is still in school! My junior year in high school, I missed a day of finals due to strep throat, and for some funky reason the school wouldn't let me make up my exams until the very end of June, so I was still studying while all my friends were at the shore. It was MISERABLE!

I felt guilty when my kids all left for college and I did NOT miss that stage of someone with (at that time) undiagnosed ADHD, I struggled to keep up and was constantly dropping the ball. I miss my kids, who are all grown and living 10-12 hours away, but I don't miss the crazy. Luckily, I still get the great conversations and the game nights, now they just mostly happen by phone, FaceTime and zoom :) But isn't it fun to watch our kids grow up and become really fun, kind, interesting people? I love that my kids are now adults with whom I'd want to be friends even if they weren't my kids!


Thursday 1st of June 2023

Hang in there! I had a large age spread with my three; the first day of kindergarten for the little guy was also the first day of college for my oldest, and my daughter was in between. Now that I look back on it, although hectic, those were the best of times! Thanks for sharing!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 1st of June 2023

Yes! This will be us! It's the best - just need to survive it to miss it lol.