Work life balance.... What does work life balance even mean? To me it means equal amounts of giving of myself and taking for myself. Let me tell you, that is not an easy thing to realize and put into action.
My personality is such that I help others and put myself last and why wouldn't I. I am a wife to an adoring husband (truely the love of my life!!), mother of 4 active children, and I run a successful customer service-based business. Don’t get me wrong, if given a choice I would never change any of that, but there is a time in everyone's life when you look in the mirror and just simply don't like what you are seeing. That moment happened to me a few months ago and I knew I had to make some changes.
So, fast forward to the present and here are some of the things I’ve realized, implemented and now have achieved.
For me the most important thing is if it’s not in my calendar then it’s not getting done! So that means I have to say NO sometimes (Yuck!). Every week I sit down with my to do list and start scheduleing. First all the tiny people's events, basketball, soccer, running, birthday party’s – whatever go into the calendar. Second is my time (I've moved this up from the bottom of the list!!), I commit to when I’m going to go to the gym (remember I took up boxing a few months ago!) and when I’m going for all 3 of my weekly runs. Then I determine if I’m going to treat myself to a nail appointment or get my hair cut and add that, from there I add all my business appointments - showings with my happy buyers, market evaluations for my soon to be home sellers, lunch and coffee dates with past, present, and future clients and interview new vendors (lawyer's, notary's, home inspectors, contractors, the list goes on!)
The result of being able to sustain this balance has truly enriched my life. My personal and professional lives are happier, healthier, and overall better!
"We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” ―First Lady Michelle Obama