I couldn’t believe Monday morning when my social media feeds were suddenly chock full of first day of school photos. Adorable, I just didn’t expect to see them so soon.
Lucky me, I still have a couple of weeks left. While we’ve had a wonderful time—a lovely beach trip, time to see extended family, great weather—it hasn’t been the total re-charge, de-stress I’d hoped. And most of that is probably my fault.
Balance is a tough goal and, it seems, an especially tough one to master for women. Throw in personalities attracted to “helping” professions and you have an upward battle (or downward slide into burnout).
Since I do have a few weeks left, and I would like to avoid last year’s feeling of just barely staying afloat, I’ll be exploring some organization, de-stressing and self-befriending ideas for the next few weeks.
Who’s with me?
Every few days I’ll be posting a challenge on Instagram. Feel free to follow me there (or search #SLPtimeforme) and participate as you’d like.
In the meantime, let me know the biggest challenge you have in maintaining balance.
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My difficulty is remembering to take time to do the things I enjoy and need to do. I always get my work done at the cost of all else and then have nothing left for exercise, hobbies, and home. That is going to change!
Good for you!
Dear Annie, and All,
You took the words right out of my brain! Obviously I am not alone. I worked the regular year and extended school year and am not yet ready in mind, body or soul to return in a few weeks time. As for you – Activity Tailor Lady, you are a marvel to me – family, work AND a side business with awesome ideas and prepared materials to share with thousands! I’m just trying to figure out how to do my job and love it, and keep sane at home, too. I don’t have the time or energy for side anything. But that is not exactly true – I do have time but I find it hard to focus on keeping at the things that will bring balance to my life. I’m excited to partake in this journey with y’all.
Dawn, I can’t tell you how much your comment touched me. Thanks for reading and taking the time to respond. I’ll be rooting for you to have a very fulfilling and sustainable year! Kim
Summer is easy for me to balance my work and pleasure. I don’t need to set my alarm or have many deadlines. I have time to read on the deck or clean out that closet. I’ve learned to let go of my guilt do what I should be doing to hmm what do I feel like doing. Now that all shifts once I’m back at school but I’m not counting the days yet!
Yet another reason to admire, Cindy Meester! Enjoy your the next few weeks! Kim
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