I have a great and full life. I am grateful (greatfull).
But often, I am overwhelmed. How do I make time for family, work, fun, chores, exercise, “me time,” and rest? How do I find balance?
“The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.”
Um, I think I’ve lost it. It’s fine time I lower some of those pesky high expectations.
Some days I’ll work long hours and kick ass at work. Then my mothering skills fall behind. And I feel guilty.
Some days, I’ll spend amazing time with my children, then my work projects fall behind. And I work late at night to catch up.
Some days, I prioritize working out then I have no time to cook. And we make scrambled eggs for dinner. We go through a lot of eggs.
Some days, I’ll spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking then I run out of time to exercise. And no one likes to be around me when I don’t get my run in.
Some days, I’ll put everything on hold in order to play for the afternoon. And work projects hit the fan.
Some days, I’ll get so many chores done. And then I resent that I spent my precious time doing chores.
Balance is certainly not about perfection and high expectations. Nor is about having everything in balance. (I picture a teeter totter.) Balance is about acceptance. Accepting that things will be askew and being OK with that. Accepting that unbalance is OK. Accepting that everything is in flux. And to be OK with that. Accepting that sometimes good enough, is good enough.
“I must remember to forgive myself. Because there is a lot of grey to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.”
-Libba Bray, author
“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”
-Alain de Botton, philospher
And my favorite quote about trying to meet high expectations:
“Let that shit go.” #letthatshitgo
-hundreds of people on Instagram