Time for a reality check. Recently, I’ve felt like I’ve been struggling to keep my head above water. Without fail, the end of April and beginning of May are always busy…sometimes relentlessly so. Work, family parties, just everyday day-to-day stuff. For some reason, it just seems to balloon when the weather gets nice. There are nights I sit lounge on my couch after giving Baby D a bath while my husband puts him to bed and I feel as though I’m a hamster in its wheel. I’m working so hard but achieving nothing. Is Baby D growing and thriving? Yes. Are we incredibly happy as a family of three? Most definitely. And they are the most important things. But as I lay there, all I think about are the things I could or should be doing. It’s still daylight; I should go for a quick run. (That half marathon will be here before I know it.) It’s only 7:30; I should write. (That second book isn’t going to write itself.)
On a long run this past Saturday, I had a realization. Life is a balancing act. Yes, I did know that before now, but I realized that while I have goals for this year, and I have this grand plan about how I should go about achieving them, sometimes, life gets busy. That’s just a fact of life – especially with a little one. So if I don’t have a chance to go for that run or if I don’t open my laptop up for a couple nights in a row, it’s okay. Part of balancing is compensating and readjusting; it’s not just being able to tackle everything all at once.
I know life will continue to get busier as the onset of summer is quickly arriving. (Who else is excited for Memorial Day Weekend?!) I hope to work on my outlook and share my journey about life – work – writing balance with you along the way!
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