Friday, October 24, 2008

Balance

Usually I'm a daily blogger.

Sometimes a few a day.

I usually have a lot to say.

I have been exhausted this week. Seems like I have so much going on.

Between working full-time (and putting in more after-school hours then I care to admit), meetings, and tutoring ... I find I have very little time or energy left for myself.

It's interesting that I continue to take care of everyone else before I take care of myself.

I use up all my energy and time and then I get home and crash. I haven't walked/shuffled on my treadmill at all this week and I can't tell you the last time I saw one of my girlfriends.

Yesterday I came home from work and slept for 3 hours.

THREE hours people! AND slept solid for the rest of the night.

When I'm busy with work and meetings, it seems the most important things get pushed to the side.

Me.

My friends and family.

I really struggle with this balance.

My mom is so wonderful with reminding me of my balance. She explains it like this:
"Lisa, imagine you had a daughter. Would you tell your daughter to _____ if she was feeling sick? Would you let your daughter do ____ if she was tired?"

And so I often ask myself, "What would I tell my daughter?" And my answer is always "Less. Do less. Take care of yourself first."

And so that is what I've been trying to do this week.

Fighting a cold, working long days, attending many meetings, tutoring, etc.

All while trying to find balance.

1 comment:

Crystal said...

Hi Lisa,
I love your blog. I have to admit that I found it through blog-stalking : ) I read Kristen Armstrong's blog in Runner's World Online on occasion. Jodie Howerton is one of the people who leave nice comments on her blog. So I went to Jodie's blog and looked at some of the blogs on her site.
Anyway, I'm a speech therapist in the school system in Texas. I can relate to what you wrote. Yesterday I took a nap at 5:00-planning to go to an exercise class at 6:30. I woke up at 7:40 and checked my cell phone to see if it was 7:40am or pm-I was panicked that I would be late for work!
I don't know what the answer is except to say that the kids will be better off if we take care of ourselves. Easier said than done I know.
Take care,
Crystal