Hello friends and a warm welcome into 2016!
I hope everyone’s year is off to a happy and healthy start. We’re excited to mark our 20th week of pregnancy tomorrow (this means we are half way to meeting our first bundle of joy, you should hear Drew’s rendition of Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer). I’m so thankful and happy to report that I’m still feeling extremely well, a huge thanks for the continued well wishes and thoughts.
Today, I wanted to talk about BALANCE.
I started this blog with a simple mission: to share my passion for health + fitness. I set out to empower individuals to make healthier choices + live a balanced lifestyle.
I came across a quote that made my pause yesterday: balance is a choice. Sometimes just a simple and straightforward thought can cause self-reflection that then turns into a blog 😉
To each of us balance probably means something different. For me, it means that I’m prioritizing the most important components of my life. It’s a feeling of being in control of my health, stress levels, attitude, and schedule (schedule outside of work, because we know a nurse doesn’t have control of her schedule at work…at least not this one).
In this fast-paced and “busy” world, here are ways to find better balance:
- Prioritize. Do you really need to watch another episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, or could your time be better spent on something else? I’m a bookworm at heart, but I go through droughts where I’m not reading as much or at all (aka not growing). Admittedly, I’m in one of those droughts and I could directly correlate it to my non-productive time going up. Today, I spent all of my afternoon reading this eBook that I would highly recommend. Leave Better Than Found is written by a fellow Pewaukee High School alum that I have the pleasure of knowing. Taylor Jannsen adjusted my mindset with his words and breathed positivity into me. As I read, I took immediate action with some of his suggestions…pausing to write two thank you cards to two very important people. When I’m blogging I hope to inspire, but how can I if I’m not taking the time to find inspiration myself? Side note: I’m excited and honored that Taylor agreed to do an interview for the blog– we’re just two fellow Pewaukee High School alums trying to make the world a more positive and healthy place 🙂 Can’t wait for you guys to hear more from this great guy.
- Unplug to SAVE time and SAVOR time. Alas, the grip social media has on our generation is strong– and even that of our parents! I see you on your Facebook mom 😉 Truth be told, this can be another huge time suck for us. We’re running around feeling “so busy”, but we find the time to scroll down Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook 20x a day. This blogger can certainly improve in this category. I’ll take a page from my husband’s book and carve out blocks of time for personal computer/phone catching up. One thing Drew and I are good at is not having our phones at dinner or date night, so we can really enjoy and savor the time we have together.
- Learn to say NO. Being a good friend, daughter, sister, co-worker, wife…doesn’t mean you have to say yes to everything. I would challenge that you might even be better in those roles if you aren’t stressed and exhausted from over-committing yourself. Don’t be afraid to pass up a happy hour or dinner out if your mind and body would be better served doing something else.
- Find a healthy way to reduce stress. I’m a huge proponent of reducing stress with exercise. Sometimes I can physically feel myself becoming stressed about work or other commitments and I know my best play is to go to the gym to clear my mind and reset. 9.75/10 I will leave the gym with a more clear head and a more positive outlook, I love those feel good endorphins. For you, it might be a midday walk, a yoga session, or even just 10 deep breaths. Just make an effort to find what works best to harness your stress and strike better balance.
I love self-reflecting and reading Taylor’s book gave me a great opportunity to do so today. Seek opportunities to push your own reset button my friends 🙂 -Ames