Monday, February 07, 2011

"You can have it all, just not all at the same time"

This has been an interesting 30 days. Work, school, gym, husband (I'm afraid sometimes they are in that order). Sometimes I feel like I'm rocking it, sometimes I feel like I'm drowning. But these two people have helped me find some perspective. The first is a blog post from a new favorite Giver's Log. My favorite part of her post about finding balance:
"The only problem about the words 'finding balance' is that they make balance sound like a lost pair of keys. Something you uncover once and then you're set. But from everything I've heard or lived, I'm pretty certain that is not how it works."

The second is from a new found obsession of TED talks. These are conferences where super smart people get together and give talks about their life work in 18 minutes. They are fab. I subscribe to their youtube channel and they are the perfect length for a study break to get me pumped up to read for another two hours. Nigel Marsh speaks about finding balance by giving ourselves more than a day to get everything done, but less than "before I retire". His push is for giving tiny amounts of important time to the most important things at somewhat regular intervals. It doesn't have to be everyday, it doesn't need to be every week. This is my pitfall. I feel like in order for me to really accomplish my goals I need to be working on them everyday or every week, and then I fail. This talk helped me gain some perspective. Even if I only talk to one old friend in the entire month of February I have met my goal of catching up with friends. Let me know how you find your balance.