When I started my blog nearly four (!) years ago, I felt I needed a space where I could escape my law office environment and explore things that really mattered to me like fitness, life and family. Now today I no longer work in an office all day long and I’m a mom of a very active one and half year old. My idea of balance is very different than it was when I started blogging.
Some of my friends don’t believe in the concept of balance. There is no such thing as a balanced life and you can’t be everything to everyone all the time. I completely agree that doing everything and everything all the time is impossible, but I still believe in balance. There are some days when I feel like an excellent mom. I spend the entire day with Cooper, we do fun things like go to the park or go swimming, we eat meals together and I’m completely engaged with him all day. Ironically, those are the days I often feel like I get nothing done!
Other times I feel like I’m on top of my fitness game. I’m doing things to improve my online and in-studio workouts, I’m filming videos and I’m creating newsletters. I’m writing my blog, photographing and planning out posts on these days. But on those days I feel like I don’t spend as much time with Cooper.
Then there are days where I manage to squeeze a little of everything in and feel confident that I got things done and spent time with my family. I also feel a little underwhelmed with what I accomplished! You see there is no perfect balance for me, only an attempt to try and do the things that make me the most happy most of the time. I wouldn’t want to spend all day every day doing kids things and I wouldn’t want to spend all day everyday working out. I try to find a medium.
Is this easy? No way! I often feel like I can’t do it all or didn’t focus on one area enough. I told my husband the other day that I have so many business ideas and I just want someone to do it all for me. Make it happen! Well, I don’t and it doesn’t. But that’s ok. I still spent the afternoon hanging out with the little man rather than pushing forward.
It’s funny, but when I started this blog I felt like I needed to impose balance into my life since so much of my life was dictated by working long hours. Now I’m completely in control of my time yet I still find that I need to implement balance in my life. I can’t say I always do it and I can’t say this blog makes me have more balance in life anymore, but I can say that I try! And that’s all I can ask for!
Readers, do you think you live a balanced life? Do you believe in balance? What makes you happy?
Balance is part of every animal, vegetable & mineral-on every planet of every star. Balance keeps all things good & wonderful flowing. Balance keeps all the unsavory & undesirable from overwhelming. Balance keeps the past current in ways not readily apparent. Balance ensures the future will carry us along for triumphs & defeats. Balance will never elude you so learn to recognize & respect it.
Preach girl, balance is hard to achieve but it’s so important to strive for! I’m sure that with being a mom, it’s such a big struggle. Hell, I feel like I have a hard time fitting everything in with my multiple jobs, blogging, being a wife, homeowner and dog mom… but I try my best, and that’s all I can do! 🙂