This week was great but exceptionally busy as it involved quite a bit of travel. I was fortunate enough to spend the majority of the week with Holistic Pharmacist Sherry Torkos in a west coast tour sharing the biggest trends in natural health for this summer on behalf of the Canadian Health Food Association.
I feel extremely grateful I have a career that I love so much, especially after working in various jobs that I did not enjoy. I truly appreciate how important it is to love what you do. I feel very lucky that I look forward to going to work every day and that I get to work with such amazing and talented people.
Before I became a holistic nutritionist I was not in such a great spot. Working in a job that did not align with my values and beliefs was very difficult. Now that I’m pregnant I often worry about the struggles of juggling a career and family. When the baby arrives I’m not planning on taking an extended mat leave which is something I have stopped sharing with a lot of friends. Especially those with babies, because the “you’re crazy” look and comments stress me out too much.
With trying to balance such a busy week it really made me think about what will happen when the baby arrives. I have found it becomes very easy to stress myself out looking at how some of my closest friends and family have managed and some of the choices they have made.
As women, many of us have somehow been programmed with a mindset that adequacy is awful and as a result we are always striving for the next thing, to be better, to do more. Many of us want the successful career and family but with this balancing act comes tremendous pressure.
So can we have our cake and eat it to? I will keep you posted on how it goes once the baby arrives, I do think the answer is yes, but in order to do it we need to learn to let go. For many of us that want the best for ourselves and our families letting go is hard. But with practice comes perfection and practicing these simple rules will help you efficiently and effectively manage and prioritize your time.
- Avoid comparisons – the grass is usually as not as green as it appears, especially if you are using someone’s weekly Facebook posts to judge.
- Know when good enough will do – having the courage and acceptance to say this will do is sometimes more difficult than continuing to dwell or trying to change something that is good enough or out of your control.
- Know when to say NO – sometimes the most underused word in a women’s vocabulary, learning to use it and accept that we can’t be everything to everyone all the time is one of the greatest gifts and biggest challenges we often face.
It’s a struggle for me every day and I think many of us are constantly walking a fine line trying to balance a long list of priorities. What helps you to bring the most balance in your life? What do you do to manage your time? How are you able to get the most out of your week? Please share your thoughts and ideas below.