“It’s all about balance.”

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard –or said–that very phrase. I’m always striving to bring my life into balance, so that my energy is concentrated in equal amounts on work, friends, play, creativity, love, etc.

We’re always going out of balance, but the idea is to keep redirecting our course of energy.

When I was taking a goal-setting class for artists at Capes Coaching, we spent some time focusing on life balance. For me, the first step was to visualize and write down what my life would look like if everything was in balance. The second was then to ask myself a series of questions, such as, “Do I feel satisfied with my work?” or “Are there any friends I need to see?” or “Are my finances in order?” Based on these answers I then knew where I needed to focus my energy. What this meant was that week to week was never equally balanced. One week I realized I needed to spend more time and energy cooking meals and making my home cozy, and the next week I needed to focus more on social outings and adventure.

As I sit here and write this, what I’ve realized is that life is happening and running and things are getting done that need to get done. It’s the element of self-awareness and reflection that I believe helps the most, whatever system you might use. While I don’t adhere so strictly to my question and answer system as I once did, I learned that figuring out just one step to make towards greater balance is enough to let a little air in.

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