When my grandparents reminisced about my toddler years and mentioned how ‘time flies’, seeing that I’m older now, they weren’t kidding. Time flies at lightening speed. I feel like I just brought J-Man home from the hospital and that was almost 4 years ago. It feels like we just opened the Edge Gallery and that was a year ago. It feels like my two and a half month winter break (gallery is closed for the winter) just started and in reality my break is over in thirteen days. Ack!
I wrote a to-do list back in November of things that I wanted and NEEDED to accomplish during my break. What did I check off of that list? Nothing. Not a darn thing. Sicknesses happened. Laziness happened. More sicknesses happened. Lack of motivation happened. And now…I only have 13 days left to get my life organized before the long hours at the gallery start, the juggling act of being a mom, wife, house keeper, gallery owner, daughter, sister, friend and dog owner begin and the task of fitting in ‘me time’ to take care of my health, my sanity and my passions.
With that said I have mapped out a plan to try and fit this ALL in.
I’ve stared doing yoga in the morning and boy does it make me feel good. I crave it like a crave a run. It’s good for me mentally and physically. On the days I can’t get a run in I’m going to get up early, 6am (ugh), and bust out a yoga session with a mighty fine fella named Bob Harper. Are you familiar with Bob? If not, he’s one of the trainers on the Biggest Loser TV show. I adore him. Bob and I will have a yoga session together to get the day started or I will go for a run. This is my ‘me time’ where I will focus on taking care of myself. If I don’t do something to relieve stress and to be healthy I will lose my mind. For sure.
J-Man and I will hit the park after I pick him up from school or we will take a little hike before heading to the gallery. Getting outside is important and it will give us some one on one time together.
photo courtesy of Bret Edge Photography
I haven’t figured out the housekeeping and dinners situation yet. Working from 9am-8pm weekdays and 9am-10pm on weekends (Wednesdays off) gives me very little time to do much of anything. Bedge will relieve me some of the time but his schedule is crazy busy, too. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
One of the biggest changes I have mapped out that will help lower my stress level has to do with Adventure Tykes. I have been so use to getting a post up on almost a daily basis. If you have a blog of your own you know all too well how much stress and tension that can cause. I have decided that I am going to go with the flow when it comes to Adventure Tykes. I am not going to stress about getting a post up daily. If I have the time to write I certainly will, but I can’t stay up until midnight or 1am with my future schedule. I did it last year and I think that’s why I got so burnt out. I want to write quality enjoyable posts but I don’t seem to be able to when I’m stressed about it. Does this all make sense? I hope so. I’m not going to go days or weeks without writing a post. I’ll probably have one up 3 times a week, maybe 4, but not having the pressure of writing 5 posts, one every single day, has already relieved some stress. Hopefully, I don’t lose readers over my limited activity but life is a balancing act and this is my way of staying balanced.
Do you struggle to keep your life balanced or do you have a pretty good balancing act going on? Any tips or tricks?