The Elusive Work/Life Balance


photo-1429051781835-9f2c0a9df6e4 I am an ambitious person by nature.  A go-getter.  Someone who has big dreams and never stops trying to reach them.  I'm constantly moving, multi-tasking, with my mind running a million miles a minute.  While some may say this is ideal, it can also be a heavy burden.  This means that I always want more, I am always doing and trying new things, and I rarely rest and am satisfied with where I am in life.  (Go ahead, it's okay to feel sorry for B.)

Along with this motivation comes the fact that I don't usually know how to "turn it off" and just be.  I don't know how to have that elusive work/life balance and sometimes I fear I never will. I work really hard all hours of the day- being a mom, being a wife, being a marketing employee, running this blog, and also, starting up my magazine.  When people ask me how I relax, I usually just laugh, because I don't quite know what that means.

But I'm trying.  I am trying to learn to shut it all off and be with my family.  I'm trying to take time for myself.  I'm trying to learn that it's okay if I don't answer emails right away, or if I don't have a blog post up every day of the week.

When I get home from work, Henry usually takes an after daycare nap.  I use this time to work on the blog, work on my magazine, or if I'm feeling extra motivated, I do yoga in the basement.  And then once he's up, I'm trying my hardest to put the phone down and just be.  I don't want to miss one minute of him growing up.  I want to enjoy this time as a family of three.  Even if this means that I'm then up until 11 doing work once both of my boys are in bed.

Is this a perfect solution?  Of course not.  But until they somehow invent more hours in the day, or until I'm able to make the blog/magazine my full-time job, I will continue to juggle and continue to struggle trying to find work/life balance.

Here's some other bloggers to check out who might be doing this whole work/life balance thing better than me:

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[ezcol_1half_end] Jacque Of All Trades Business Betties Girl for Granted Alicia Tenise The Yuppie Flies It's Droolworthy Something Good Blog Elana Lyn Forth Chicago Emilie Lima Burke Manifest Yourself Fit for a Bride Blog A Little Leopard Coral and Cognacs Little Wild Heart It's Julien Boys and Bombshell Meg Biram Victoria McGinley