Here’s my truth: When you’re chasing the dream, a paycheck, a toddler, the piles of laundry and dishes from taking over your house–there’s no such thing as the concept formerly known as balance.
In the pursuit of the dream, combined with the realities of my life, trying to obtain this mystical idea of balance had me in a constant state of “failure”. Why failure? Because every day I set off to achieve balance. If somehow I could just write a blog post, get to work on time, make dinner, spend time with the hubs and kids, and finish some client work–everyday–I would be balanced. I would split my time equally between every thing I had to do and life would be smooth and happy. Well my reality is, it never happens that way. Because there’s more to this blog than just writing posts, there’s more to my 9-5 than just getting there on time, every evening my family needs something different, and building a business takes more than finishing client projects. There’s more to this life than checking off boxes, doing a bunch of things ok, and not doing anything really well.
I’m the kind of person who internalizes things so setting this imaginary goal of balance and not being successful at it started to take a toll me. I’m just trying to be successful in my business and present for my loved ones. But the demand of my to do list and this faux balance wouldn’t let me be great. Changes had to come if I was going to make it through any of this.
Eventually I realized that balance as the world and Pinterest quotes like to tell you, is less about things being equal and really about prioritizing. Doing the things that need to be done, being okay with the things that don’t, and feeling content and confident that each day you are making progress. That’s balance for me. Every day, every thing isn’t going to get my equal attention. It shouldn’t and that’s okay.
What does balance look like to you? Do you achieve it daily or have any tips on making it all work?
Stay Blessed Beautiful!