Finding Balance

Today I have something to celebrate.

After what seemed to be months of yucky, dingy, sticky icky-ness, I am celebrating that fact that I feel like I am finally moving towards finding balance in my life. And, as a result, I am feeling better. I feel less anxiety and stress. After evaluating the last few months, I think I have found some clarity in a lot of things. 

For the longest time, the state of my house alone would send me into literal anxiety tailspin. I ignored the kitchen all together so I didn’t have to look at the dishes in the sink. Between that and helping my son with preschool projects, scheduling voice and piano lessons, running to the grocery store, doing the laundry, paying the bills, etc., I felt like I was drowning. 

And if I didn’t do all of those things with precision, in a timely manner, and all at once, I was somehow failing.

I am sure many of you out there can relate. 

I kept asking myself, “Why do I feel so empty?” Then, I noticed that on my list, there was absolutely no time set aside for myself. I wasn’t writing, meditating, going for a walk or just taking a break! 

I felt like I was drowning and failing because I had no balance. I had no outlet to release stress. I wasn’t doing anything to honor myself. I wasn’t really present for my family. And I wasn’t allowing myself to be ok if something didn’t get done. 

This has been a struggle my whole life. But in this whole process, I came to realize just how hard I’ve been on myself, and how badly I needed a break, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Over the past month or so, I have set an intention to make a daily list. On that list are the things I want to accomplish for the day and one thing I want to do for myself. Today it was a Starbucks coffee. Yesterday, it was reading a book. The day before was making up some quotes and adding then to my Pinterest.

And I have also set and intention to try to continually check in with myself, asking:

“Am I stressed out and why?”

“Am I letting little things bother me or am I going with the flow?”

“Am I trying to be perfect at everything?” 

Now, I am by no means without stress and anxiety, because, well… life. But whose life do you know that is perfect? 

Finding balance does not mean we have to be perfect. 

If something doesn’t get done, we aren’t failing. 

Finding balance means being ok with where you are. Finding balance means making time for yourself. Finding Balance means allowing something to not get done. Finding balance means celebrating you every day. Finding balance means filling your plate with the things you want to fill it with, but not overfilling it. 

(And I am really good at overfilling my plate.)

And yes, of course, there will always be things we HAVE to do. But, what if we could change the word “HAVE?” to “I WANT to do that” or “I am HONORED to do that.” Or just say “THANK YOU!” to the universe. 

For example:

“I WANT to exercise because I know it will help me to be healthy.”

“I am HONORED to have my job because I know that it blesses me with

“THANK YOU! I made a wrong turn and I was able to enjoy a beautiful,
scenic road.”

I go into more detail about this in a podcast episode from The Butterfly Kinection called Just Say Thank You! 

By changing the words we use, we shift our mindset and perspective. 

By learning to celebrate ourselves every day, we can achieve balance in our lives. 

So ask yourself:

What are you celebrating today?

Are you celebrating today?

Are you celebrating every day?

What are you doing for yourself every day to feed your soul in order to add balance to your life?

Perfection is a myth. The key to finding balance is a celebrated soul.

Thanks so much for reading.

Blessings to you.

With love from above,
Sara Marie

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