Find Balance In Life
I don’t have a typical blog post today but not because I have nothing to share or write about. Actually, it’s precisely the opposite, I have plenty to share.
In fact, I have so much to do, I am feeling a wee bit overwhelmed….which brings me to the point of this short and sweet post; life is about balance.
Between the start of marathon training, strength training, blogging, child rearing (aka being a mom), house keeping, being a wife, a daughter, a sister (aka matron of honor in my sister’s upcoming wedding), I just have way too much on my plate.
That’s not to say I can’t handle my blog or all that I’ve signed up for, because I can. What I’m trying to say is that some days it requires me to prioritize, making choices and following through on them.
Run 12 miles or fold the laundry? Sorry, but running wins. I’ve committed to running a marathon and I plan to be prepared.
Finish my blog post or do the dishes? Blog. Dishes take 5 minutes and can wait a hot second.
Workout or sleep? Workout, you can sleep when you’re dead. Unless, of course, I can fit it in with my kids later in the day. I sweat and set an example. They watch learn and play along….win-win!
Respond to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook? All, eventually…hopefully by the end of the day.
Day with my kids or work on a planned post? Day with my kids. They come first, always will.
While I have always struggled with it, I have been reminding myself lately that in order to feel accomplished in all aspects of my life at the end of the day, I need to find the right balance.
Did I follow through on important blog responsibilities?
Was I present both emotionally and physically for my kids?
Did I at least accomplish one housework chore? Putting dishes in the dishwasher counts, right?
This whole concept of balance really connected with me once I had Carla and Roni’s book #wycwyc (What You Can, When You Can) in my hand. The title alone was enough to make me think. Then, skimming through the pages I realized this mindset was something I really needed to adapt to.
Sadly, I haven’t even gotten through the entire book yet and I’ve had it for 8 weeks. Why? I haven’t quite found that balance yet…incorporating leisure reading + blog writing/reading + working out + running + life.
Doesn’t that say something? I need to find a middle of the road….a happy medium so that I can address all these aspects and go to bed feeling like I’ve accomplished something at the end of the day.
What does that mean? Maybe posts only 3 days a week….quality should always trump quantity. Or maybe that means I pick an hour to read a new book over dishes and blogging. Or it could just mean that I need to work smarter, not harder….please let me know if you have any tips.
One thing I do know is that any kind of extreme isn’t sustainable. Life is about balance, about finding that path in the middle road where we aren’t going so fast in one direction or another that we lose sight of what’s going on around us.
How do you find balance?
What tricks do you have to juggling running/blogging/life in general?