Saturday, April 28, 2012

Balance and Living Life

Life has been very busy, and I have been struggling to feel “balanced.” I realize that there really is no such thing as true “balance,” but it’s easy to realize when things are way off balance. I’m determined to focus more on the things I know I need to do to stay healthy and happy, and that includes the following: 
  • enough sleep – I have not been getting enough sleep for about a month now, and it is starting to show. I’m determined to get more sleep. That probably means that the few TV shows I’m currently watching will have to go…
  • healthy, planned meals – investing a few hours on the weekend to plan and prep meals pays off every time. I’m going to spend some time in the kitchen this weekend. 
  • enough exercise – Some workouts didn’t happen because of meetings and other work obligations. I think it’s time to get back to early morning workouts. That way they will happen! 
  • some fun – It’s so important to have some fun every day. And often it’s simply a matter of perspective…
I haven’t documented our life in photos in a while (partly because my laptop is breaking down little by little and hasn’t let me download any pics from my camera). Here are a few photos I emailed to myself. It's a great reminder that there has been fun in our lives! :)


Questions: How do you make sure to stay “balanced” when life gets hectic? What fun things are you going to do today?

Be well,
Andrea

49 comments:

  1. I think you do a GREAT job of being balanced for all the things in your life (family, work, exercise, blogging, cooking, etc), but I understand the feeling of being out of whack. I hope your action plan helps you to feel more balanced :)
    Love the photos...I miss that CA sun!

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    1. Thanks, Lara! :) And, yes, I hope I'll feel more balanced soon... Wish we could hang out in the CA sun together!

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  2. Hey Andrea! Long time not....see? type? blog? haha, I don't know.
    I have actually decided to slow down my own life a bit by giving up blogging, so my last blog will be tomorrow (unless I decide to come back one day, which is a possibility). I found that my own life was getting too hectic, and the one thing that was in my life that wasn't really getting me anywhere was blogging. While I will still continue to read blogs, I am going to stop posting my own for a while. I sort of felt like you, in that my life was just getting a bit too crazy. When that happens, I look where I need to make adjustments, and I make those adjustments.
    I think your plan for getting your life back in balance sounds great. Sleep for me (and hopefully for most people) is the most important thing. I know my life will be out of balance when I don't get enough sleep.
    HAppy to see more pictures of the family having fun times :) Enjoy your weekend Andrea!

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    1. I'll miss your posts!!! But I totally understand where you are coming from! And maybe a little break is all you need...

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  3. Sleep sleep sleep. I need more of it. I'm struggling with a lot of self discipline issues right now and certainly need more balance. Today we are relaxing. Last week was so busy with field trips I need the rest.

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    1. Yes, sleep is so important... Hope you are getting all the rest you need! :)

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  4. So happy to see this post. I wondered what you were up to that was keeing you from blogging. We all get too busy once in a while but you seen to be one of the most balanced people I know. Thanks for sharing the family pics. I like the one of you and hubby at the winery.

    For fun today I am going to plan for my upcoming trip to Vancouver!

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    1. Thank you! :)

      Have fun planning your trip, and have a GREAT trip!!!

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  5. I've been in the same boat as far as being too busy. May doesn't look to be any better either. I need to follow your advice!

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    1. Hope we'll all find some sort of balance... :)

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  6. Main things that I've realized usually works for me: take a step back and look at the priorities, like family and health, and then dialogue with you.

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  7. Beautiful pictures! I myself have been out-of-balance and agree with you that it's easier to notice the absence of it than to identify what makes it balanced in the first place! Mine are similar to yours though - lots of sleep, alone time, consistent workouts, healthy eating and meal plans really just lots of family time. I HAVE to fuel my tank with downtime or I get abrupt, angry and feel taken advantage of and spread too thin if that makes sense!

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    1. Yes, makes perfect sense!!!

      Have a great week!

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  8. when life gets hectic is when I focus more on sleeping enough, enough healthy (real food) and exercise because I always feel more energized when I do these. I know with a kid life can get out of control, but I'm determined to put these three as high priority to keep my body and mind healthy. :)

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    1. Yes, it's so important to take care of ourselves, especially when we have kids! :)

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  9. Spending time with my family & friends, eating healthy, and taking care of myself.

    Great photos!

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    1. Thanks! :) And great list of things to stay balanced! :)

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  10. I just start cutting back on activities until things stabilize and I can add them back one by one. Looking back at pictures always make me happy.

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    1. Yes, cutting back on things is important as is adding them back in.

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  11. I just prioritize.
    and it's a challenge here, too.

    xo

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    1. I think you are doing a very good job prioritizing and in the process are inspiring others!

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  12. Ah the million dollar question. I find it's usually a function of scheduling for me. I like having a "full" day or week but when I'm not sleeping and feeling behind or things get sloppy I have to scale back and catch up. I think it's a matter of continuing to asking yourself "is this working?" or "does this feel right". Considering I went to bed at 1030 and was up at 5 not sure I have the answer but thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Yes, "Is this working?" and "Does this feel right?" are such important questions that we have to keep asking ourselves. Unfortunately, it's easy to just get "lost" in what we are doing sometimes without questioning it...

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  13. It's amazing how sleep can effect us!

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  14. Love your photo collage! Sorry to hear you've been struggling to achieve balance in life lately. Like Lauren says, this is truly the million dollar question! Last week was just crazy for me, and my exercise fell by the wayside {not good as it helps so much with my stress level}, so this week I'm scheduling it in. One day down...one workout done :-) For me, ultimately, it's my family that comes first, so if I feel everything is good in that department, I try not to worry too much about everything else. Hope you find the balance you're looking for!

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    1. Thanks! And good job on the sticking to your schedule yesterday! :)

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  15. It can get difficult to balance things in your life. I agree that I need to spend more time prepping meals on the weekend. I have been slacking a bit and during the week my meals aren't as exciting..therefore not as appetizing.

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    1. Yes, prepping makes for much better meals!

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  16. I try to tell myself to deliberately balance! Sometimes, in the midst of stress, is the best time to see a movie or take a bath. The relief of stress almost always makes me function more efficiently.

    But too often I just give into the stress. I'm working on this right now.

    Love the pictures of your son!!!

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes, stress relief is so important!

      And thanks! :)

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  17. Great photo's Andrea.

    Now that I'm older I find I don't need as much sleep as I used to which is perfect. I need 7 hours a night but no more than 8 because if I sleep longer I'm tired all day. I do make sure I get the 7 hours every night as much as possible. Especially since I (like you) workout first thing in the morning.

    To keep everything in balance I plan a lot: meals, workouts, housekeeping and I try to stick to it as much as possible. I hardly ever have stress because I plan so much. Every Saturday I sit down and look at my schedule for the next week and plan everything around it and also make a meal plan for the next week.

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  18. Cute photos! I'm struggling with a lack of sleep as well... really need to do something about that!

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    1. Thanks! :) And, yes, sleep is important..

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  19. Nice pics! Your list is perfect but the sleep thing is hard-I fear it's an age thing. I used to be the perfect sleeper but being in my late 40s, it's not so easy anymore. I just wake up at 3am. And, then sometimes there is a snoring husband and 8yo in my bed at once, lol!

    To be balanced I try to eat lots of vegetables and make exercise my "me time" so I do it everyday day. I got a dog (at the kids request but knew he would be mine), which gives me an additional 2hr of walking. But, he also takes at least 3 hrs out of my day that I could be doing other things.

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    1. Yes, sleep is definitely becoming harder as I'm getting older. I, too, often wake up around 3...

      And, yes, exercise is my "me time," too. That's why it affects me so negatively when it doesn't happen... We have been talking about getting a dog, but I'm not sure I'm ready...

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    2. Dogs are great but they are a lot of work. Your son is still pretty young. My youngest was 7 when I got the dog, which I think was a great age.

      I also get upset when I can't exercise but I've had to come to terms a bit with that since I broke my foot 8 weeks ago. I was finally going to start up again this week but now I have a cold! Next week is another week...

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  20. Love the photos Andrea. I am 100% sure you will find the balance for you and your family and this is just a little hiccup. (hope so anyway!!!) Take care of yourself.

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  21. Nice post Andrea...and it is always good to remind ourselves of these points...love the pictures!
    Again, thanks for the reminder and hope you are having a wonderful week :)

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  22. balance is super tricky! i usually try to think of things that make me happy and try to do more of those things, while cutting back on the things i find stressful. exercise is such a key thing, too. it makes me calmer and more able to handle stressful situations.

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    1. Doing things you love is so important especially when life gets busy. Unfortunately, it's also often the first thing we stop doing...

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  23. What a great post as we all struggle with this at different times. I find that I cope best when I am well rested and get my daily walks in.

    I am a list maker so if I can write down everything that needs to be done and plan it all out on paper it helps me to cope with getting it all done.

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  24. Your little man is getting so big! Hope your May is treating you and your family well. :D

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    1. Thanks, Biz! May has been crazy busy so far, and I can't wait for things to slow down a bit... :) Hope things are going well!

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