Never in my life have I been this busy. I work a full time job, run between 30-40 miles a week, eat 3 home cooked meals a day, singlehandedly manage my blog, and attempt to cook, grocery shop, and occasionally clean for my sister and her husband. I’m also becoming more involved in my church and do my best to keep up with my social life. It’s easy to word that so it sounds balanced and like I have it all together, but in reality, my balls are all up in the air.
Yep, I’m fully aware of how that sounded, but please bear with me as I think out loud. I think right now blogging is where a lot of my attention lies, and in it, I talk a lot about running and eating healthy, but I’m also a girl of many more interests. Blogging, eating healthy, and running are all good things, but before them should always be my faith, relationships, and a balance of other commitments such as my job and even things like cleaning my room.
My issue is that I’m a chronic fixater. Anyone else with me? My cousin says it’s because I’m dedicated and have a lot of drive, but I feel like I’m constantly juggling instead of finding balance because I’m always focussed on one thing over all of the others.
I have a lot of things on my plate, but honestly that’s the way I like it. I truly believe that I can balance all these things, but it’s going to be a work in progress. I’m starting to see that the difference between juggling and balancing is really all about your perspective. There are definitely days where I go to bed knowing that I spent my time wisely and those were the days that I spent less time worrying and more time enjoying.
Balance in Blogging
Sometimes I feel a stigma in the blogging world to try to act like you have it all together or at least I’ve been doing my best to abide wether it exists or not, but blogging is hard and time consuming and it takes a lot of work. It’s like having a baby or what I’ve heard about having a baby atleast. You love your baby and you’re so happy you have it and you wouldn’t go back and not have your baby, but if your friend asks if they should have a baby you’re like heck no! It changes your life, keeps you so busy, and don’t get any sleep. Just enjoy your freedom.
I also I need to apologize for assuming every blogger but me has a type A personality and to apologize even further for thinking that having those tendencies would make it any easier. I’ve always struggled with organization and attention to detail and think if I could just get better at those my life would slow down. Regardless of qualities and attributes, blogging ain’t easy for anyone. It’s a work that is never actually done. You could always do more so I think in it’s very nature it’s hard to find balance.
As of now, I’m not scaling back in any posts mainly because there’s just so many topics I want to write about each week and I don’t think I’d be able to pick. I know a lot of bloggers use their weekends to work especially when you have a full time job like me, but right now that’s really the only quality time I get to spend with my boy friend and friends. This means that I’m literally running around during the week trying to do it all, but moving forward I’m going to work on my planning and strategizing, which I’ve already improved on tremendously.
When I first started out I listened to each and every episode of the “How They Blog” podcast and still go back for little tricks and tips especially when it comes to blogging smarter instead of harder, but the biggest waste of time is constantly checking social media, stats, and email. I’ve started turning my phone on do not disturb for hours at a time during the work day. Not only does this help save me $ with data, but it’s amazing how much I can get done when I’m not giving myself the option of my phone. I end up forgetting about it within 5 or 10 minutes and even left it in the office the other afternoon by accident so I guess the “not caring as much” thing is working.
Balance in Running
Here’s one that I really think I’ve figured out. I ran and raced more in 2015 than maybe my entire 4 years of college combined and I nearly drove myself crazy. This year I still love doing it, but I’ve taken all the pressure off myself and I’ve learned to just enjoy it. I started running with friends more and got back to training with my group. So far I haven’t signed up for one race this year and I’m kind of weirdly proud of myself.
Balance in my Diet
I’ve talked here and here about how I’m very lucky to have never struggled with any unhealthy tendencies or disorders, but that doesn’t mean I’m always balanced when it comes to the mental aspects of food. When I have no boundaries, I tend to over eat and eat even when I’m not hungry. It’s really hard for me to stay balanced when my diet is a free for all, but I’ve also been known to take my parameters too seriously.
Last year when I was doing my first Whole30 I was entirely too obsessed. Looking back on that time, I was definitely juggling. It’s not that I had a million things going on that were all up in the air at one time, but it was more that I wasn’t grounded. I lost my cool every time I feared that the completion of my challenge was in jeopardy and it’s pretty much all I thought about even past the 30 days.
This time is 100% different. I’m still doing the Whole30, but it’s like I barely notice. I’ve actually been writing about the topic a lot less than I thought I was going to be when I started planning it in November. Last year it probably would’ve been all I talked about, but I’m much happier in the balance that I finally think I’ve found and I honestly just have a lot of other stuff I want to write on.
I’m also a lot more relaxed with the program rules, which has taught me so much, but that’ll have to be a blog post for a later day.
With that being said, “Life after Whole30” is quickly approaching and I’d also like to have a game plan of how I’m going to find balance in my eating somewhere in the middle. Like I did last time, my diet will still pretty much follow what most resembles “paleo,” but that doesn’t mean I can’t dine outside of that or that I’m going wear it as a label.
10 Balanced Health Tips for Myself
- Don’t deprive yourself
- Find the best alternatives
- Cook or prepare your own food often, but don’t be hesitant to eat out
- When you do eat out, just order the most ideal things on the menu as long as it sounds good
- Be prepared for emergencies because chances are, you’d prefer your food over what’s in a gas station anyway
- Choose what you eat and how you want to eat for yourself
- Be in a good place emotionally with food before any sort of restriction
- Make sure other aspects of your life are balanced
- Be assertive about what/how you want to eat and don’t care so much about other’s opinions
- Eat cupcakes on your friend’s birthdays, drink beer when you’re at a brewery, and drink all the wine as if you were at the Wedding at Cana
How do you stay balanced with life and blogging?
Where do you invest most of your time?
Whats one area of your life that you would like to take more priority this year?