In the first ten weeks of this year, I have worked hard to acquire new clients, successfully complete work for clients, write here, work towards greater visibility and membership for Studio30 Plus, and have taught a lot of classes. In that same period of time, Sean temporarily moved in with us, and we have focused on successfully blending our family of five kids. And I have been training for a half marathon. It has been a lot in a short period of time.
Through it all, I have been focused on trying to keep a balance with work, family, and life. Until recently, I have felt successful.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton
Discovering proper balance again came in the form of a pediatrician’s appointment. Yesterday I was not able to work a full day because Monkey had a doctor’s appointment. It resulted in a nice lunch out with him, having his company as we ran a few errands, and attending his appointment. What I realized was I needed more time with the kids–I have missed them these last few days I have maintained an intense work schedule. As a result, we had a family movie night last night. And today I am running regardless of my “to do” list. This is what I needed this week to feel a bit more in balance again.
It’s difficult as a working parent to find balance. I struggle with it each week, feeling I didn’t give enough on the work side or on the family side; there’s always guilt and a tug in one direction or the other. What I am learning, though, is to be aware and adjust in the moment, if possible. If there’s a big deadline looming, schedule the family (or running) time as soon as possible. Staying ever mindful seems to be the key.
How do you juggle all of your life responsibilities?
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