Balance plays a major role in our everyday lives. We begin to learn how to balance at a very young age by learning how to walk. Balance seemed so simplistic when we were that young and determined to make those small steps. As we grow older, those steps become bigger and balance takes on different roles in our lives that are both physical and mental.
I have been rediscovering my own balance recently in my life from being a mom, wife, worker, blogger, and an athlete. Each role has been throwing me off my equilibrium lately and it’s time to regain balance in life. Everything feels so much better when balance is in our lives and it’s important to take a step back and figure out how to regain control.
Finding my balance as a:
My toddler is growing each day by becoming more curious about the world around her. Doing simple chores around the house has been quite the adventure. I will turn my back for one second and she will be either on top of my bed, on the couch, or on our kitchen chairs! For awhile, I felt that nothing was getting done in the house because I kept having to stop to redirect her attention and just ignored the task at hand. Even when exercising, my toddler was getting into things she shouldn’t be and again, I had to stop and start over several times.
I’ve found balance in being a mom by allowing her to help with chores and moving my exercising time to the evening when she is in bed.
My husband and I do not see each other as much as normal couples would. He works alternating shifts, overtime, and has trainings to go to for his career. Also, I work evenings when he is not working and after he works the day shift. It’s normal for us for him to come home eat dinner, then it’s time for me to go to work. As much as I’d like to not continue this yo-yo scheduling, it’s just the way things have to be for a few more years. In the meantime, we have been proactive by making most of the time we do spend together. If my parents stay for a weekend, we try to have a mini date when our schedules permit us too. We save our favorite tv shows to watch together when we have time together and watch them On Demand. Recently, we have been completing the book, Our Q&A a Day: 3-year Journal by Potter Style each night before bed. It has been a lot of fun completing with each other and it has become a nice bedtime routine for us.
I’d say being creative on how we spend time together with just the two of us is how we try to find our balance as husband and wife. We are always thinking of different ways and when to spend the small amount of time that we have together.
Recently, I have become so unhappy with my part-time job. I let one person get the best of me and have become a total Debbie downer. I am so FAR from being a negative person and I need to rediscover my balance of emotions when it comes to others bringing me down or others bringing negative vibes. I am a total sunshine and need to let this dark cloud pass over me so I shine brightly again.
To regain my balance, I am going to stay true to myself by being positive and redirecting others to more positive thinking. I mean, it takes the same amount of energy so why not? Negative vibes are way too draining and it’s time to bring on the sunshine again!
I have been a total slacker recently as a blogger. I truly love writing and love to express myself through words. I am going to rediscover my balance as a blogger by giving myself time to write freely each day. Even if it’s just some brainstorming. Writing is so therapeutic to me and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t make time for something that I love. I have been thinking of doing a weekly update about my life each week. This is just an idea for me to write about so that I can look back and see how far I’ve come, how I’ve changed, or reminisce about things that have happened in my life. It’s great that I have the capability to freely write and share it with all of you.
Rediscovering my balance as a blogger is to not put pressure on myself and allow myself to be creative in my own time.
I recently thought about the term “athlete” from various ladies talking about what defines one. And, I do consider myself an athlete. –Perhaps, a future topic on a post?– I have been exercising at least 3-5 days a week for almost a year straight! That is true dedication and commitment. As most of you have seen from my Instagram, I have been having pain in my right knee. It is feeling a lot better than it did a week ago but I had to make the difficult decision of allowing myself to rest. You may be thinking that I am crazy for thinking that it’s a difficult decision and should be a no brainer! But, I am a creature of habit and I LOVE exercising! Resting is truly what my body needs and I had a hard time at first accepting the truth. I was beating myself up emotionally because I couldn’t workout. Instead, I am going to stop throwing myself a pity party and wake up to reality. Since, I gave myself a week of actual rest, I will be doing yoga as my exercise until the pain in my knee goes away. Then, I will resume doing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide.
With an injury, I certainly have to rediscover a balance between rest, recovery, and training. I am going to continue while being mindful by listening to my body and stay focused on being actively smart.
We all have different roles and lives. We find our own balance within those roles and our lives everyday. That’s the beauty about life. It throws us off balance to challenge us to become a stronger person inside and out.