I debated coming up with a word of the year but decided against it initially. Last year my word was “simplify”. In some ways I felt I
failed miserably did poorly at that, but then again, I did make changes. I tried cutting things out of my life that were lower on the priority list to help free up my time. I purged a lot of unnecessary “stuff” (here and here) from our home. I simplified Faith’s birthday party for the sake of time and my sanity. I downsized my wardrobe. All in the name of simplifying. I was still busy and still have a lot going on, but having “simplify” in my mind did affect my actions through the year and has impacted my attitude now.
This year, if I have to choose a word, it would be “balance”. I am striving to find that delicate balance in life. I am trying to continue pursuing my dreams and goals without feeling like I’m sacrificing family time or anything else that is important to me, and all the while making time for rest and enjoyment so I don’t burn out trying to do it all. Like any change, it’s a process, but I feel like I’m getting there.
One of the biggest ways I’ve been finding balance is by putting less pressure on myself with the blog and it’s been soooooo helpful. Occasionally (like today) I get a twinge of guilt that I haven’t posted in a few days, but I’m overall much more relaxed about it and just keep doing things as I can. Some nights I feel like totally vegging in front of the tv, and after an 11-hour daycare day that usually includes laundry, cooking, and multiple dishwasher and handwashed loads of dishes, possibly teaching a Jazzercise class and housework, I have been allowing myself that. Having a little of that “I can do this tomorrow” attitude is also making me a better mother, and I’m finding it easier to let stuff go so that Faith can have some of my time to read books or play games.
I’m also stepping back on the DIY. After seeing some cute Valentine’s mantles on Hometalk this morning I was tempted to redo mine, but I decided recently that it’s kind of silly (and wasteful and time consuming and somewhat expensive) to continue making new every year for every holiday, especially just for the sake of having something to post on the blog. So my mantle this year pretty much looks identical to last year, and that’s. just. fine. I mean, really, who cares??
Right now my priorities are spending time with my husband and daughter, organizing the house one area at a time (which is happening, slowly but surely…posts coming soon!), and studying for my certification as a professional organizer. I need to spend my time where it matters most with regards to achieving my goals, so that’s what I’m trying to do. I have to say, it feels really good!
Do you have any great tips for finding balance? Please share!