Finding Balance

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How often do you feel like you just can't balance everything that's put on your plate? Or maybe you do manage to balance it all, but you feel stretched to the limits? I've felt this way quite often lately, and sometimes it makes me feel like something just has to give. The problem? There's nothing that I want to give up.

I want to spend time with Justin, call and catch up with my family and friends, go to barre, make wedding and honeymoon plans, maintain and create new friendships with people in Boston, blog, and cook dinner every night among other things. I want to ensure that our apartment is clean, the dishes are done, and that we have clean clothes to wear.  Looking at this list, you'd probably say that I should give up barre or blogging. And this is where I say no. These are the things that I do for me, and isn't it important that we do the the things that make us happy? I'm a firm believer that if I'm happy, there's a much better chance that I will bring joy to those around me. 

The sad truth is that my life really isn't all that stressful and I don't have that much going on compared to a lot of people. And I know that this issue will only get worse as we add some mini Morgan's and Justin's to our family in the future. For now, though, I need to learn how to balance and not tip the scale so heavily in one direction or another as I feel that I'm sometimes doing. So, I turn to you. What do you do to maintain some sort of balance in your life? How do you prioritize?


Alissa Kelly said...

I have all the same things going on - along with writing for DC On Heels every Thursday. And with my blog, life has really been making me feel like I'm wearing myself thin. I know exactly how you feel girl!!! The only thing that saves me is planning my posts, cleaning up right after dinner, and making lists. Lots of lists! I think you definitely need to keep doing things for yourself.. you time is important!!


Jodi said...

I've been struggling w/ this a lot lately too. I just never seem to have enough time. Then I don't get enough sleep. Ugh! But like you I don't want to give up the few things that are for "me." I would gladly give up work if someone wanted to pay me for doing nothing! :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

What is 'go to barre'? I have no clue. We all make time for the things we really enjoy and need to do on a daily basis, even if it means staying up past bedtime. :)

Georgina said...

Finding a balance definitely takes a concentrated effort and all of us struggle with it. Don't downplay your business (you have a LOT going on!)
Have a wonderful weekend Morgan xo

Stesha Jordan said...

oh girl, I hear ya! I am a single lady not living in a new place as I feel the same. You know what I say.... you will always be ale to balance!! Just have faith & keep being your fabulous self!

xxS said...

I think this is something I constantly struggle and finding time for everything. I am starting to learn to forgive myself if I can't balance it all. In no way am I perfect and everything the balance will be different. You aren't the only one think about these things friend :)


elizabeth shay said...

I constantly struggle with this! There is simply not enough time in the day! I don't know if this will ever go away. Sometimes you just need to hit pause, deal with it all tomorrow and plant yourself on the couch with some wine, tv and magazines.
It's really reassuring to know I'm not the only one who struggles with this :)

Little Miss Runshine said...

I also struggle with this! It's so hard when you are a "yes" woman and want to do everything! Sometimes I have to dial back.

Though-like you, I will never NOT workout or blog. These are the time for me to keep me happy. I think it's important for people to have their hobbies and time that they can use to reflect.

I am a slave to my google calendar-helps me keep things organized! If it's not there, I don't get it done!

Hope to see you in class soon. Once the challenge is done, maybe we can grab a drink or food! :)

Jacqueline O said...

I completely agree!! I just keep adding things to my plate. I have a full time job, but now I've added wedding planning and starting a photography business in the mix. And I have to make room for blogging, making plans with friends, and researching meals. It's a crazy life and I wonder what its going to be like with kids running around too. (Maybe chasing kids will take the place of going to the gym??) :)

Heather Marie said...

yeah it is so hard to determine what things get our time. and it is hard to squeeze everything in. i always just make some lists, and then decide how i am going to make the most of my time and what makes me happy. it seems to work well :)

Susan said...

I feel the same way! On mornings when I know I have a lot on my plate, I write down the most important ones that I need to get done/need to do for me and the rest can wait until tomorrow. There's always tomorrow right? Always a balancing act!

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xo, elle from Living in Color. said...

as much as I want to blog (both write and read/comment) i have no time and my priority right now is finishing grad school!! so for now i have to take blogging out to balance my life..i'm not liking it but somethings have to take a back seat to the more important things every so often. said...

This rings very true to my heart as well. It would be so easy to knock off the "non-essentials" like blogging or dance, but you're so right- that would affect my happiness! I find balance by turning down a number of blogging + fashion event invitations... as they all tend to take place on my one night off from rehearsal. As much as I'd like to attend, I need that night to catch up on things at home, spend time with my boyfriend or call long-distance friends, etc. :)

Amy Green @ Sweet Home Amy said...

I've been struggling with this lately also! I even blogged about time management last Monday. I rely on my planner and my Blackberry calendar to keep me on track. I also have to make sure I set aside time every night for blogging, and time to sit on the couch with my boyfriend.

Good luck! xoxo

s said...

balancing is def key! you're gonna be amazing! xO!

Crissy@ABerrySweetLife said...

Oh man! I feel like I could have written this blog post! This is exactly how I've been feeling lately. It's actually so good to hear I'm not alone! I've been feeling very discouraged lately. Hopefully I'll get out of this funk soon. I hope you find your balance soon as well :o)

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