I am an all or nothing kind of girl. When I decide to do something, I go all in and get it done. There is no half assing anything around here. For the most part, this is a good thing. However, this type of thinking can also lead me to put a lot of pressure on myself. This pressure can lead to stress and anxiety very easily. I am at a point where I want to achieve greater balance in my life and maybe not take things so seriously all the time. “Creating Balance” seems like the perfect intention for 2018. I have found my word of the year.
Last week while I was trying to balance on my Stand Up Paddle board, I had this lightbulb moment. To keep myself from falling, I would need to intentionally create balance. Balance was not something to find. I needed to actively create it. I had to relax certain muscles while tightening others. I needed to ground myself to the SUP board instead of thinking it would happen on it’s own.
So how will I Create Balance in my life?
-I hope to balance my body’s need for more rest and recovery with my passion for doing “all the things”. I have a hard time not adding in that extra workout or class if someone asks me to go. Serious FOMO issues!
-I hope to learn how to balance my changing roles as a mom and a wife. As my husband and I will become empty nesters this fall, I will need to adapt to new roles and new phases in my life.
-I hope to balance my running and triathlon goals a little better this year. I intend to set and work towards realistic goals for each race without letting my performance dictate my self worth. This does not come easy for me. Much more to come on this topic later.
-I hope to do a better job and balancing expectations and realizing that sometimes they need to be modified. Perhaps finding more time for yoga and meditation will help me with this aspect.
Now that I have set out some intentions for the year ahead, I am excited to work on creating the balance I crave right now. Tell me: How do you create balance in your life?