I don’t believe in balance. It’s a bold statement, but it’s my truth.
I’ve been chasing it for years, trying desperately to grab it with both hands and hold it tight. But, after what has been a long chase, I’ve come to the conclusion that balance is just a loaded term we throw around—it doesn’t really exist, at least not in the way we think it should.
Every day cannot be balanced—life just doesn’t work that way. I do believe, however, that over the course of a few months we can find some form of balance between family life, our careers, and the many other projects we commit to.
But, in any given week, one of those aforementioned will demand us more heavily than another—and that’s okay.
For example, right now I’m on the home straight of writing the second book of the James Thomas series, and my life has no balance. Zero. For majority of the long weekend I’ve been sitting at my computer because the impending deadline has demanded it. But, once the novel is done and I’ve forwarded it to my editor, I’ll have time to catch up on everything that I’ve been pushing aside. I’ll have time to have a coffee with my girlfriends, and spend a Sunday afternoon reading a book (maybe!).
Rather than trying to achieve balance every day, my goal is now to achieve balance within a three-month period. And at just the thought of that, I already feel less stressed.
Have a great week! Bx