Last week I invited a new friend to my weekly Gal’s movie night. She said she’d love to join in soon, but is traveling for work a lot right now. Then added, “I really need more balance in my life!”
She sparked something that I’m sure we can all relate to: feeling bad and stressing ourselves out while striving for balance.
Doesn’t that kind of pressure defeat the purpose? We’ve all done it. But, now is the time to ask yourself; is all the energy you spend, thinking about what you need to do less — or more of — constructive and helpful? Or is it draining and harmful?
No doubt, most would agree that working – for example – day in and day out, week upon month upon year is not a healthy lifestyle. But, then who’s to say what’s right for another?
Everyone has their own rhythm and their own energy level that not only varies from others, but also varies within themselves at different times. That means YOU!
You might like having a weekday off and work the weekend. You might like late nights better than early mornings. And when a new season rolls around you might feel all together different.
I find it’s how you frame your choices that can make or break the joy you have in your life and the good you can do.
Letting go of old ideas that no longer fit, or shedding someone else’s opinion of what “balance” is, can open the door to more happiness, more productivity, and a life of YOUR OWN making.
Need help with this? A good place to start is the contemporary classic 4‑Hour Work Week.
If you’ve already read it, I encourage you to select the audio version and give yourself a refresher. If you haven’t read it yet, RUN, don’t walk to your nearest bookseller, or click this link and treat yourself to a fresh perspective.
Not only is it a fun read, it’s so much more than a book about trying to work less. In fact it’s really not about that at all, but rather about framing your life and raising the level of your choices to the point that everyday is an adventure of YOUR making.
The author, Tim Ferris – by his own example – gave me permission to let go of the lie “if I don’t labor over it, it doesn’t have value.”
I challenge and encourage you to open the door to having a life you enjoy everyday; not just on the weekends, and not just on vacation, but 24/7/365.
Oh, and my friend Chelsea? She’s missing movie night this week for a very good reason…busy with her amazing line of handcrafted, absolutely gorgeous rosaries and jewelry. Be sure to take a peek at Seraphym Designs.
I look forward to hearing your comments about what balance looks like in your life, and especially the changes you make that uncover the joy that is already all around you.
Remember, your life doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s!
As always, I’m in your corner…
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Oh Thais. I loved your perspective. Thank you. It made me feel like I’m okay doing what I love 🙂 By the way, I’m leading Thu and Fri night Rosary prayer now...so Thu night movies are out for the moment, but how about dinner? Blessings to you. Keep writing. You are great at it! I should mention, I posted your blog on my FB 😉
Blessings to you.
Hi Chelsea, I am so pleased that you found this article encouraging...You ARE okay doing what you LOVE;)
The only thing worse than my old ideas are adopting other people’s ideas of what I need to be.
I’m so happy we’re on this path together...we can help each other remember who we REALLY are! And, I think it’s WONDERFUL that you shared this post...I appreciate the support! Love and blessings, xoxo Thais
Thanks for this post, Thais! This is such a good reminder and so true. As entrepreneurs, we often start our businesses to have “more freedom” but what ends up happening is that we’re constantly strapped to our laptops and iphones, which defeats the purpose we started our business to begin with...
Thanks so much for your comment, Andreea! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one;) That’s what makes this whole process so grand for me...we get to remind each other and hold one another up when needed. I’m so pleased we’re walking this path together. Thanks again for your kind words...I’m so glad it resonated with you!