Putting the whole “Finding a Balance” thing to the test.

As the title of this post suggests, I feel like I’m about to be put to the test. And here is why:

  • The busy season at work is in full swing and likely won’t slow down until mid-October.
  • I started my part time job on Sunday and it left me absolutely exhausted by the end of the day. I think I’m too old to have two jobs (and as Carly put it, one that’s so physical!)
  • I plan to buy a new car this fall so need to start researching and test driving cars!
  • I just finished week 2 of marathon training and this week speed work gets incorporated into my training plan.
  • I started working with a personal trainer a couple of weeks ago and will be meeting with her on a weekly basis.
  • I signed up for my own personal training certification test which is scheduled for November 22. Need to fit in study time somehow…
  • We’ve been talking about starting our kitchen remodel project (completely gutting and re-doing the kitchen) in a couple of months.
  • I’m the captain of our Ragnar team and there’s still a lot to do before the race! Oh and I got roped into captaining the team at work, too….
  • Although my friends and family have been AMAZING and I’m about 75% of the way to my fundraising goal, I will still need to do some work to hit that $1,000 mark for Girls on the Run Twin Cities.

How I plan to find and keep a balance:

Learn to say no/ hold my “me time” sacred. I have a tendency to feel guilty when I have “white space” on my personal calendar and feel like if someone wants to make plans, I should just fill up that time. I’m going to work on spacing things out and not being afraid to say no when I need to.

Take care of myself: eating healthy, getting as much sleep as possible, etc. Meal planning and prepping will be crucial to make sure I don’t just opt for convenience food or make unhealthy choices. Getting a decent amount of sleep might be tricky but I’ve been doing a good job so far of getting around 7 hours of sleep a night, even with getting up earlier. I’m also still getting regular massages, which has been fantastic.

Continue seeing my therapist: sometimes you just need the help of a professional

Enjoy and savor the relaxing time at the cabin I have coming up in a few days!ย Our cabin is one of my favorite places on earth to be. I plan to be lazy and catch up on some reading I’ve been meaning to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

Keep my eye on the prize(s): I find it’s good to keep perspective when things get tough. Eg. why am I working a part time job? I want to buy a nice brand new car in the fall. Also, I always think about the things I have to look forward to:

  • The Basilica Block Party with Mandy!
  • Chicago weekend with Andrea (and Hillary!)
  • Um, hello Minnesota State Fair?! I hear there’s some pretty sweet new foods debuting this year.
  • The marathon!
  • I feel like the cabin deserves another mention ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s a lot ofย  “me” talk going on (which normally would make me uncomfortable) but if I’ve learned anything recently, it’s that I have to give myself permission to put myself first sometimes so that I can be the best employee/wife/friend/pup and cat mom I can be.

How do you maintain balance in your life?

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19 thoughts on “Putting the whole “Finding a Balance” thing to the test.

  1. You’re a rockstar. Seriously. How are you going to celebrate when you’re done with all this? I think maybe a drink with me! Keep up your “me” focus. You deserve it.

  2. That’s a lot of stuff! It does look like a lot of it involves exercise (good stress!) and shiny new things which is always fun. Hope you have a wonderful weekend at the cabin!

  3. i’m proud of your for setting these goals for balance ahead of time, before life gets so busy that you end up in a panic and super stressed. so key! the therapist and the me time especially help me.

    1. Thank you! Yes — I feel like I’m *finally* learning my lesson when it comes to these things. I’ve burned out/imploded a few too many times ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow, sounds really amazing and it’s quite the list. Wishing you all the best and I hope you accomplish all your goals. Also, can’t wait to hear about the personal training certification test and the ragnar race.

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, Shawn! I’m so excited for Ragnar — it’s a really good time. And yes, I’m already so nervous for that test (I’m not great at taking tests) so I can’t wait for it to be over with!

  5. Wow, you sure do have a heck of a lot on your plate, but it sounds like you have a good plan to tackle it all. I was super busy about two years ago, working two jobs, a president of one club, a vice president of another, club and a co-chair of a third organization. I was slammed, but somehow made it work. This year, I am trying to cut back on my leadership roles and just be involved in organizations, but somehow I’ve found myself taking on new leadership roles of different organizations that I’m currently passionate about, so the cycle continues, but it makes the “white space” (I like how you called it that) more valuable and precious!

    1. I can totally see myself staying in this sort of cycle like you’re talking about, since I seem to have been in it for a few years now, but I think your perspective is spot on — that it makes the white space more valuable and precious ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You may very well be the busiest person I know: you’re normal schedule sounds like mine when I’m home for a visit and everyone wants to get together, meaning I have coffee with one person, lunch with others, and dinner with family. With that said, there are certain things you want that you have to work really hard for. I find that having one full day of doing nothing, no plans, no outings, just staying at home, works wonders. Our rest day is a Sunday, and I love them. You’d be surprised at how much longer an entire weekend of no plans feels; it’s almost double the time! Good luck with all your endeavours, I hope you find time to get lots of sleep and let your mind be still.

    1. I like this idea! I think it’s definitely do-able. I’m sure we’ll still be working on things around the house, running errands, etc…but I think having no real “plans” will feel really nice!

  7. One of Danielle LaPorte’s recent #truthbombs was “no makes way for yes.” Saying no to things you don’t want to do or that are energy sucks makes more room for the yes things โ€“ marathon training, cabin time, etc. I love your positive perspective, friend! Me time is so important, and don’t ever feel guilty about it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during ironman training, it’s that. Fantastic post!

    1. AWW! Thanks, friend ๐Ÿ™‚ And this is so true — gotta make room for the things I love to do! And I think you do a great job of it too ๐Ÿ™‚

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