“The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.”
Balance? What’s that? I don’t know about you but this little life of mine is so non-stop. I cannot even remember the last time I stayed home and was still. Every millisecond of my day is jammed packed with something. Now I can’t complain, I have prayed some pretty big prayers and all this hustle and bustle comes with the territory. But I need balance. I can feel it in my entire being. I am so lasered focused on my goals that I am not leaving room for other things in my life, like rest, fun, adventure and most importantly stillness. Every spare second that I have is dedicated to this blog + business. And as much as I love it, I need to chillax or I am going to break all the way down! So this month my goal is all about creating balance or at least trying to.
How do I plan on doing that?
SCHEDULING STILLNESS: my goal this month is to schedule some moments in my day to get quiet and still. Even if it’s just for ten minutes. I want to be able to step away from all the noise of social media, the business, and Trump’s latest antics and take some moments to get quiet. I consume entirely too much information, so much so that my own thoughts, creativity, and opinions get clouded by the thousands of people I follow, articles I read or images I see. So it’s important for me to press pause on all the hoopla and go within. I recently downloaded The Mindfulness Bell app and I schedule it to chime 3 times a day. When it goes off, I put my phone down, close my computer, turn off the tv and I get quiet. I’ll go for a walk, or make some tea and sit down and thank God for all His many blessings. I also use it to put myself in check. When I hear that bell go off I stop and ask myself; “Is what I’m doing right now helping me achieve my goals?”. I’ve only been doing this since the middle of October but I have noticed a shift. I am more focused on the important things. When that chime goes off and I’m wasting time on social media, I am reminded of my purpose and I get back to doing the meaningful work. If that bell goes off and I’ve been working to the bone it reminds me to take care of the whole of me + not just the business, so I get up and stretch for like 5 minutes or go for a walk. The point is to unplug throughout the day so that I get back in sync with me + my purpose.
SCHEDULING FUN: Don’t let my Instagram Stories fool you– my life is pretty dull boots. For the most part, I am up by 4:30 in the morning quietly working on the blog. If I have a gig for the day I go to work and then I’m back at the crib working on the biz. See, I told you. My life isn’t all that glamorous. I do that same routine, for the most part, every single day. Don’t get me wrong I love the work I do but after awhile I start to feel lonely and bored out of my mind. So my goal this month is to schedule something fun to do once a week. Whether it’s trying a new restaurant, going to an art exhibit or taking a cooking class– I want to invite more fun and adventure into my life. I’m trying to teach myself that it’s ok to be focused but there has to be some balance. I’m so strict with myself and I grind until there’s no grind left. I usually feel guilty if I’m not working on the business. Not cool right?– I have to trust that all of my hard work won’t crumble if I step away for a sec and have a little fun.
GOING TO BED: You know when a baby is exhausted but they’re too wound up to go to sleep so they get super cranky and cry? Yep, that’s me! I’m that big old baby that just refuses to go to sleep even though my body begs me to. And yes oftentimes, I cry. Lol. I’m trying to get all the things done all the time. I am trying to fight past burn out and exhaustion and it’s just not working for me. I need to rest. So this month I am making myself stick to a bedtime to make sure I get adequate sleep. I can’t be of any good to anybody being a tired hot mess so to bed I must go.
Life is all about balance. You don’t have to always be getting things done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back and do nothing. – Lori Deschene
What are some of your goals for November? Let me know in the comment section!
This post was written by me– Jessica Lauren, the blogger behind #NRJ. I live in Chicago and I am super passionate about encouraging women to become Dreamers + Doers. Have any questions, want to say hi or interested in a brand sponsorship? Shoot me an email over at Hello@NoRealJewelry.Com
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