Balancing Life

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BY: COLLEEN LINDBERG 

Have you ever felt like you have so much going on that it’s hard for you to be able to balance it all?  In realistic terms, I don’t really even think that we can create a balanced life but there is an availability for us to be more conscious of balancing certain things in our space or honouring certain times that we’re going to need. 

A lot of us have kids, spouses, businesses or careers that take up a lot of time, and sometimes we forget that honouring ourselves and taking some time for us is actually equally as important as spending time with our loved ones. And it could even be one of the lowest on our totem pole. 

So today, I am driving over to a girlfriend’s place, she called and asked “Do you want to come by, hang out by the pool, we’ll have a barbeque,” and my first instinct is like “I have work to do” but then I said “No, you are going. Go chill out, take the time and just go.” So, I did and it was great to take that break, honour that for myself and then I came home and worked.

I also have a client that I was with on Monday this week and I said to her, “You need to take a few hours a week for yourself. Outside of kids, your husband, your work, outside of everything and all of your other duties.”  And she said, “I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do that.”  I said “You’ll figure it out, you always do for everyone else.  You’re drained, you’re running on low fumes, you’re not doing the things that you want to be doing and it’s draining your energy.  How can you give to anybody else without first giving to yourself, it’s impossible.” She took the time.

Take a look inside of your life today, and take a look at the things that are dominating your time. Is it personal stuff?  Are you honouring time for yourself?  Whether it’s that dance class you’ve been wanting to take, that yoga class, or martial arts class.  It could be any of the above, it could be you just working on your car that you’ve wanted to be working on or rebuilding for yourself. 

We all have something in our lives that we strive for and we strive to make better.  So, I ask you today, how are you, on a weekly basis, making sure you are taking some time for yourself, to recharge, refuel, and realign for you?  And, if you’re not, how are you going to be moving forward in order to make sure that you have a little bit of that time for you?

So, honour it, take it, enjoy it!  I’m headed now to the pool so hope you’re having a great week and I can’t wait to chat again soon.

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