Balance. If there is one thing in my life that I am constantly striving for, its balance. Balance between home and work, blogging and coaching, friends and family. I just want to be able to have some balance in my life.
As a life coach, I know that the first question to ask myself is “what does balance mean to me?” because before I can achieve balance in my life, I need to know what it is. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and although my idea of perfect balance may change over time, right now I feel like balance is working on a little bit of each part of my life every day. I know that I feel most fulfilled when I am spending quality time on all of my passions in life, not just one or the other.
Last week, I had no balance. You might have noticed some things took a backseat (or really no seat) as I didn’t get a chance to blog at all. My coaching practice wasn’t at 100% where I want it to be, and my only exercise came from walking to/from the coffee machine. I was Christine the Worker Bee. And while I take my job very seriously, I know that I have so many more things that make me who I am. And perhaps most importantly, I have so many other things that truly make me happy. I am Christine the Blogger, Christine the Coach, Christine the Friend, Christine the Amateur Crocheter, Christine the Wife, and the list goes on and on.
Last week I was unbalanced. I didn’t work out a single day. I fell asleep at 8pm every night from pure exhaustion. I didn’t do laundry, cook a decent dinner, respond to personal emails, or spend quality time with my bird. I woke up in panics from dreaming about excel spreadsheets and missing my commuter train.
How do I find balance? Well I haven’t fully figured that out yet, but I’m working on it. I’m happy I made time to write this blog post. I felt really good on my last coaching call. And I’ve signed up for just-for-fun sailing lessons in July, which I am wickedly excited about starting.
I am realizing that life is like that spinning top. Around and around and around it goes, spinning smoothly and evenly. But eventually it starts to wobble, and then inevitably it falls over. The most important part is what happens to the top next. You pick it up and start spinning it again.