Last week, I began to take notice of how exhausted I have been feeling lately. With close to eight hours of sleep, I still found myself drained throughout the entire work day, ready to fall into bed the minute I got home.
Now this week in particular, I have started to become concerned. Perhaps I can attribute part of how drained I am to this being my first week back at a client since before my Fourth of July vacation. Especially with particularly earlier mornings and later nights than usual at work, I have found myself overwhelmed.
So, I have stepped back–why have I been feeling like this? Well, Janine, let’s see. I am working full time (and not a 9-5 job, at that), participating in CPY yoga teacher training, and training to PR for the AFC half marathon in August and the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in October. Additionally, I am rekindling old friendships, building new ones, and strengthening the ones that have never wavered. Even more importantly, I have been actively trying–or attempting to try–to make some significant changes in my life with regard to my dreams (more on that later!). Amidst this beautiful mess, I need to set aside time for myself as well–time to drink a glass of wine, to sleep, to read, to write, to meditate, to pray.
All of these on my list are high priorities, and I am still understanding how I can balance everything. Something to consider: I want it all, but maybe I cannot have it all–at least at the same time. Who knows. But if there is one thing I have learned the past couple of months, it is that you will make time for what is important to you. Everything I mentioned above is important to me. Though, finding the balance is key. For now, I pray for composure, clarity, and peace.
Tell me if you have any sage pieces of advice; how do you find balance?