A Balancing Act, Work and Life

I’m sadly in the same place Annie mentioned on Sunday in her “balanced week” post in which I quite frankly have no idea how unbalanced my life is until I’m faced with a moment that kindly reminds me. Just yesterday evening I was catching up with a friend and when asked what was new, I honestly couldn’t list a thing. In my mind I’m thinking about a large project at work and how busy it has kept me, or how messy my house is because I’m so exhausted after work, or that I have 5 unfinished projects awaiting my attention. In the end, all I could say was, “I got nothin’,” all while my mind is instantly racing to think about what life will be like with an additional, breathing human being. [insert chosen explicit phrase here]

With that being said I like to think I have a good head on my shoulders, and when I feel like things are getting out of balance I go back to a simple list of 4 important things in my life, what I call my list of priorities in order from most important to least important:

  1. My Mental & Physical Health
  2. Family & {close} Friends
  3. Home
  4. Work

Then I think about the above list and what its current state is:

  1. Work
  2. Family & {close} Friends
  3. Home
  4. My Mental & Physical Health

When I think of my priorities in this fashion it suddenly makes the solution manageable: I simply stop the presses and attempt re-organization. This past weekend I brought my laptop home with the intention of working all day Saturday. Instead, I got a massage, pedicure, and took a nice long nap. I saved the work until Sunday night and called it a weekend. Will there always be a tangible solution? No, but one hurdle down … many more balancing acts to come. Continue reading

Have a strong week.

Happy Sunday! Next Sunday will bring a new week, a new month, a fresh slate (as well as a new season). February, being the short month that it is, flew by so quickly. I look back and feel I could have accomplished more, worked out more, ate healthier, cleaned more, called or emailed my friends more frequently, put in a little more effort at work. I often have to pep-talk myself, “Crystal, remember, there are only 24 hours in a day, you are human. You can do better next month.”

One item of major interest I’ve been thinking about lately is being stronger, both physically and mentally. As I think about building a strong and healthy family I really can’t grasp what that looks like while feeling like I haven’t reached my own personal strength potential. This past month my favorite Zumba class got canceled (read Have a fit week). Not only was I bummed, but I was disappointed in myself for not being as quick on my feet to replace that activity with another. Continue reading