Wow! It has been a MINUTE since my last post. I hope no one was holding their breath! Life has been keeping me so incredibly busy that it has been hard to even find time to write. The majority of our culture sees "being busy" as a badge of honor yet do any of us really even enjoy it? I know that sometimes I prefer to be "busy" but most of the time it is out of necessity.
I continually try to keep a good balance between school, teaching, work, friends, family, and ME time. Although, lets be honest, self-care is usually the last one to be tended to.
We all lead busy lives filled with work, creating connections, cultivating our passions, and growing personally. The question is, how do we (and can we) do it ALL?
Here are a few of my tried and true tips for creating (and sustaining) a balance!
I am a freak about planning so naturally a Google calendar is a MUST. I store my entire schedule on the app and love being able to share my schedule with friends and family. It can be tedious organizing and updating your calendar but trust me, its worth remembering that happy hour you have with your cutie.
2. Physical Self Care
It seems obvious that you should take care of yourself physically, right? Right. However, the majority of us don't get enough sleep or drink enough water. Even if I have an incredibly busy day I always make it a point to drink more water and try be in bed by 10pm. When I am not working nights, of course! Now, you don't need to take a huge leap here and "promise" yourself to work out 6 days a week or anything. Small, sustainable steps are the easiest to maintain and build confidence so maaaybe you'll spend 30 minutes on that treadmill, tomorrow of course.
3. Stay Connected
It is so incredibly easy to just tell a friend "sorry, I am busy tonight". Anyone else guilty of that line? Of course sometimes it is impossible to get together every time a friend asks but be respectful and offer another time/date instead! No need to burn bridges over that ridiculous assignment at work, right? One rule I try to abide by is texting someone right back. I had a pretty bad habit of looking at a text message and then saying to myself "oh I will get back to them later" and then COMPLETELY FORGET. Yikes. Never a good look! Turning on my read receipts and responding right away helps me stay connected to all my lovelies.
4. Delete some Apps
Yes, you read that right. Delete. your. apps. I recently deactivated my Facebook account for many reasons but mostly to stay focused on other things in my life. Even deleting one social media app can help with freeing up your time and lets be honest, saves some brain cells. So, delete an app and spend that time of mindless scrolling with a friend or getting some house work done! You can do it!
5. Get out there!
You have time. Trust me. If it is one night a week that you dedicate to getting out with friends, a partner, or even seeing your parents, do it. Be social. Go on a date. Meet up with your girlfriends for a cookbook release event (can't wait, btw)! You deserve time to spend time on what makes you, you! I am also 100% sure your friends would love to see your beautiful face too.