Sunday, 15 October 2017

Finding Balance…Finding Yourself

There was a time in my life when balance was my most used word. I desperately wanted to achieve it…despite working a full-time job and juggling eight freelance writing jobs. Back then, I couldn’t figure out why it was so hard for me to live a balanced life. (Though it was painfully obvious.) Then something clicked.

I was in the midst of planning my wedding, packing up my belongings, and juggling all of my many jobs. I nearly had a breakdown trying to get it all done. It was in that moment that I decided to make a change. I didn’t want to live like that anymore. I wanted time to get situated in my new home, to spend time with my significant other, and to connect to my true self.

It was only after I made that decision that balance became a possibility for me. I was living such an overwhelmed life that I had unwittingly taken the concept of happiness and balance of the table…. yet kept chasing that illusive concept. Now? I actually do have a sense of balance in my life. I cut back my writing jobs and kept on only passion projects and tasks that I loved. That kept my schedule busy (sometimes still a little too busy) but manageable. I was no longer having mini-breakdowns every other day. What a concept!

Be honest. Have you been struggling with achieving or maintaining balance in your own life? Don’t wait for a major event (or breakdown) take place. Start now. Spend some time taking stock of your life and current responsibilities. Is there anything that can be cut down or eliminated? Try it out, even for a short period of time, just to see how you feel. Balance may be as easy as making a few simple but effective changes.

How do you achieve balance?

- Shannon

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