When I was travelling to clients in their home I always felt like my life was my own. I could book appointments when I felt like and work as much or as little as my dreams for life required. It was a lovely thing to have that kind of freedom. The kind you don't realize you had until it is gone.
Don't get me wrong, things are still pretty great in life these days, but being tied to one location and the goals of a Team, rather than travelling and answering only to yourself and a client, can feel a little confining at times.
As the warm weather and bright blue skies arrived this year I found myself craving more time outdoors. Time in my garden. Time to fuss over wonderful meals for my family. Time to relax in the sun with a good book and soak in the warmth. Because last summer I felt like I missed out. Like I was always wishing my days away to get back to the weekend so I could once again enjoy MY life.
Instead of going through that experience again this summer I decided to do something about it. To move towards a work-life balance that really did work for me and the Team I am on. And a surprising thing happened ... I got what I asked for!
This lesson has been two fold for me:
1. When I take a step back and figure out what I want it is much easier to go after it in a clear and convincing way. I could have spent the next 3 months in a foul mood because I felt like I was missing out; building up resentment that might affect my performance .... Or I could simply decide what I need to be happy and ask for it. Now on a reduced work week for the summer, I get to enjoy all of things I was day dreaming about - later wake ups, leisurely dog walks in the morning, good wholesome food, an open day to focus on my family and home, and time for me to feel the warmth of summer in my bones!
2. When life is balanced in a way that makes my heart sing a little each morning I am WAY more productive, happy, willing to lend a hand, open to suggestions and able to think creatively about problems to find ideal solutions. And I bet that is true for all of you as well. Because the truth is happy, less stressed people are just plain better people. They aren't as hurried. They have the time, space and energy to give to those around them and contribute to the world at large. Whether that is letting the rushed person go ahead in line at the grocery store. Or pausing in traffic to help someone make a left turn. Holding a door for someone. Or just offering a smile. In small ways this helps lift the dark isolated veil a little and bring more light into the world!
I encourage all of you to take a few minutes right now to jot down what it would take to create more balance in your life. Go ahead, put pen to paper and make your list .... I'll wait .............................. Good now, look at your list. What change could you make in the next 24 hours to get closer to that balance? Let me know what you are committing to in the comments section and let's move into balance together this summer.
Hugs ... J
Fitness expert. Student of nutrition. Beautiful space creator. Wellness Coach. Tea maven.