I recently read a really great post by one of my favorite bloggers, Emily A. Clark, that highlighted the value of balance. She is a busy mother of 5, a wife, and a blogger for BHG among other things.
She compares the life of most women as walking on an impossible balance beam. In other words, there is no such thing as perfect balance at any one time in our lives. As Jen <Hatmaker> says, it’s a mythical unicorn that we’ve crazily bought in to. – EAC
Emily talks about what is currently on and off her beam and the value of saying no to some things in certain seasons. It really prompted me to think about what is currently on my own balance beam and what needs to go. I believe a good regular assessment of your commitments (especially when you are feeling pulled in 10,000 directions) always helps to center myself and my priorities.
Here is what is currently on (& OFF!) my beam:
Currently ON THE BEAM:
- My 9-5 Monday through Friday job in a new role. I love it! It is a job I have wanted for many years and it is a top priority. I have worked an irregular schedule as a nurse for 8 years and for the first time I have a set regular schedule. My tired nightshift self and my family are very grateful.
- Blogging for myself. I love sharing my love of organizing with others, when it fits into my schedule.
- Working Out. In January, I bought a discounted package to some barre classes in my neighborhood and have made it a priority to attend twice a week. No more. No less.
- Morning quiet times. This has stayed on my beam for years and I treasure this time to wake up, drink coffee, and spend time with God. I guard it with my life. (No early morning coffee with friends for me!)
- Spending time with friends. The last year has been a whirlwind with a crazy nightshift schedule, the purchase of a rental property, and our own current home projects. We made little (and had little) time to give. In this new season, I am loving impromptu dinners with friends, weekend trips to visit them, and the ability to say yes to parties.
OFF the Beam
- Professional Organizing. When it came down to it, I was not ready to walk away from my nursing career in order to pursue organizing full time. It was such a tough decision, but I am thankful for this blogging place where I can share my love for organizing and interior styling with all of you.
- Garage Sales, Craigslist and Thrifting. There are seasons where trying to get the best deal on every item is helpful (and sometimes essential) to being able to make our house a home. In this season, the time and effort to host a garage sale, go purchase a Craigslist item or thrift for just the right thing just doesn’t match the money saved. In another season, this won’t be true. I am thankful that I know how to flex my frugal muscles when necessary. I am also very thankful for online ordering, coupon codes, and free returns.
- Scheduling everything. I am loving impromptu dinners with friends and not knowing what the weekend holds. Being scheduled to the 9s doesn’t allow for me to breathe and God to work. I am really enjoying holding the time away from work more loosely than in seasons past.
- An always CLEAN house. We have been through a season with a maid, a season I let it all go, and seasons where I straightened up everyday. Today I am landing somewhere in the middle and making my peace with a home that is sometimes clean, sometimes picked up and sometimes has it all together (and sometimes is a total wreck!)
When it comes to organizing, balance is key.
What’s on or off your balance beam this season? I would love to hear from you! And, if you haven’t read Jenn Hatmaker’s book For the Love its a great read!
-Many thanks to Emily A. Clark for prompting this post-
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