Look who made a special appearance! This little guy is the love of my life and he actually inspired today's post. Thanks Kiko. :) I took him to the park, which I don't do nearly as often as I should, and it just really got me thinking. I struggle with creating the right balance in my life, but don't we all? I find myself getting so consumed with literally everything around me that I sometimes tend to neglect what really matters the most. It's so easy to lose sight of things without even realizing that it's happening. Lately I have been so focused on work and a few personal goals that I have forgotten to just take some time for myself AND for family & friends. I find that sometimes even though I am "there" I am not fully present. There's a huge difference. I'm always on my phone and my mind never stops going through a million thoughts all at once. It's like I don't know how to turn it off. I swear if you ever have a conversation with me in person, you will see how many times I can change topics within 10 minutes. I am pretty sure that reflects in my writing at times too. It's crazy how I can be so focused and unfocused at the same time. It's a work in progress, even in my 30s.
Awhile back I had mentioned in a few posts that I can be extremely hard on myself. This is actually something that I have improved on, but I definitely catch myself doing it still. I always want to be better and I always want to do better, so I have high expectations. I have so many dreams. I want it all and I want to do it all. As fas as I know, I have always been this way. I definitely took after my father in that area. I realize though that the more I push myself, the more it takes me away from all of the other aspects in my life. I am learning that just because I have these dreams and these goals it does not mean that other areas in my life have to suffer. I catch myself always telling people, "I've been so busy." I am actually trying to take the word busy out of my daily vocabulary. We all have our own things going on and of course at times, it gets very overwhelming. But, we have to make time for what is most important to us and I am doing my best to make more time and to create a better balance between focusing on what I want and being present with others.
In last week's "life chats" post, I mentioned how I write down personal goals for myself. Lately, I have been also been giving myself little challenges. It can be as simple as "Do not go on your phone for an entire hour." Or "Do something for yourself today that has nothing to do with work." Or "Call one of your friends that you haven't talked to lately to catch up." It may seem crazy to have to consider these things to be challenges, but it's just a way to get me back on track and to help me divide my time a bit better with everything that I have going on. I don't ever want to be that person who is too consumed in their own little world that they forget about everyone and everything else around them. It's easy to fall into that trap, so I am doing what I can to be more of aware of it.
It's the little things in life, like going to the park with your pup, that serve as the best daily reminders to BREATHE, take a step back, and be in the moment. Sometimes we just need those reality checks to snap us out of it and I definitely got mine this past week. What are some things that you do to create a better balance in your life?
Thanks so much for reading today's post and as always, I hope that you were able to relate to it in someway! Have a great weekend. <3