Truly? What is balance in life?
It’s so easy to be hard on ourselves, I should do this, why am I not doing this, get that, be like her, if only I had money for… why doesn’t my body look like that?
This is when we are most disconnected to our self and our soul is literally feeling lost. Feeling like we are putting pressure on ourselves which then feeds stress, overwhelm, confusion, uncertainty, and while affecting our mental health, will eventually begin to drag down our physical health too.
Balance is individual, just like each of us. As an introvert I am “recharged” by spending time alone, in silence, journaling, reading, getting outside with my camera or processing photos on my computer, walking in nature. Balance between work and home life as well as work time and personal time. Balance of exposing myself to the external world – think social media and how much our brain must take in when we spend time in that space. Think of how many lives we all have a glimpse into. Is it real? Is it “balanced”? Is the external world more important than your internal balance? Balance with time and the “to-do list”, which I prefer to flip to “I get to do!”, it just feels less like “work” and honestly time, depending on what is needed, will either feel like there is an abundance of time or will go quickly! The more I disconnect from “what time is it” and just BE in the moment, the more at peace I am, the more grounded I am and quite honestly the more productive I am.
One thing that brings me the most balance is my passion – photography. In the winter I do not get to enjoy my photography as much as I do in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Although some mornings, mother nature delivers a true gift.
It was COLD! Well the coldest its been this winter… about -16! As I saw the sky warming and brightening in our back yard, I threw on my housecoat and big boots, grabbed the dog (who would only come out the 2nd time as it was so cold) and captured the early winter morning beauty!
As the sun is easing up into the winter sky.
Without a doubt when I start my day fueling ME and what lights me up, my passion. Sure I may not be able to get out everyday with my camera and process the images then, however, even just the art of taking a photo – regardless of whether its with my big or small camera or even my cell phone.
How can you bring balance to your life today?
What lights you up and fuels your soul?
We are nicely into the month of January… challenge yourself to go deeper within YOU!