I think balance in life is important. My mom’s famous last words regarding a big bowl of ice cream were always, “It’s all about balance.” Agreed.
As much as I always wish that I could give each part of my life equal care and attention, it just isn’t always possible. I wish that I could work for 10+ hours a day, come home and exercise, cook myself a healthy meal, blog, read, sew, paint, and than sleep for 8 hours a night. Let’s be real though, it just isn’t going to happen. There are so only so many hours in each day, and it is up to me to decide how I spend them.
I had to reconsider my busy schedule this past weekend after I caught myself in a bad mood. After talking, okay crying, to John, I realized that even though I wish I could do it all, I just can’t. It made me think about what my priorities really are, versus what I could possibly eliminate for the time being.
If I am being honest, the biggest stress-or in my life right now is work. It just leaves me tired in more way than one, and it is really beginning to drain me. Even though it would be great to eliminate that from my life, right now it just isn’t an option. I don’t mean that to sound negative, because I believe being happy and fulfilled is extremely important. I just recognize that a change is needed. I am working on creating a more fulfilling future, but at least for the time being, I am staying put.
Once I accepted that my job is not changing in the near future, I gave myself one day to really feel the discontent in my heart; and then, I moved on. It sounds easy but of course it’s not. It is a choice to be a happy person, and everyday I get to make that choice. It feels good for a while to stew in frustration, anger, and despair, but then it’s just time to move on so I can be in a better place to figure out how I can make myself happier; how I can find fulfillment and purpose.
Accepting my job for what it is allowed me to accept other areas of my life. One main area I have been struggling with is exercise and eating healthy. Even though I could squeeze in time to exercise, I just don’t have the energy. As much as I want to cook healthy meals everyday, I just don’t have the time. I had to accept that my physical job is enough exercise, and healthy frozen and pre-made meals are more realistic.
Once I realized what I could let go of, I determined what is really important at this point in my life:
1. Regularly blogging and growing My Crafted Life.
2. Opening an Etsy shop.
3. Working to save money for John’s and my future.
4. Cultivating my the artistic and creative parts of me.
Check, check, check, and check.
There are a lot of things to appreciate about our lives today, so I dare you to focus on them and let all the other stuff go. Happy Tuesday:)