Well it's a new month and I have new goals as well as many of the same goals that I always have. One of those is my continued quest to find balance and stability in my life and work. I am inching closer to this ongoing goal. My day job is one place where I feel I am succeeding. I have a normal Monday-Friday schedule that is letting me structure my week and days in a way that allows for more writing and art time. I go to work, do my job, then go home. No one calls me at home, I can leave work at work and that is such a relief. This structure is starting to carry over into my writing life. I am writing every day after work, or working on writing related work like my website or marketing. Surprisingly having consistency is what I think I was missing. I am writing more now that I have actual hours blocked out for writing. I am still not where I would like to be in my writing work/production, but I am moving in the right direction. I am treating my writing like part of my job, something that I have time to do each and every day. I am feeling more professional in my approach at last and am going to continue learn and grow in my writing career and in my life. I want to put out not only more work, but better work. I have not found the balance that I seek yet, but changes in the day job situation was a major step in getting there. Making scary and sometimes hard decisions is the best way to grow and change your life sometimes.
Now back to writing for it is NaNoWriMo and I am hoping to actually write 50,000 words this month! That's more than I have written in the last 4-5 month combined, but I am optimistic that I now have the schedule that I need to write like mad once more.
I know that I have talked about finding balance in life before on my blog, but it is an ongoing challenge to actually find said balance. I am often overwhelmed with many aspects of my life, but am still always striving to take better care of myself and my family in this crazy world.
Recently my health has been causing some problems again, forcing me to reconsider some things in my life and pull back from certain areas. For one I am seeking less hours from my day job. While for the most part I like my job, as much as you can like a job, I just feel that I need some more time off to rest and take care of my body and mind. I am still going to hopefully be working 20-25 hours a week, which will be good for bills and my psyche I think. But it will also allow me to rest more, maybe take some yoga classes, make time for doctor appointments.
I also need to get better at making time for my writing and art. I feel like I have fallen behind in these pursuits lately and I need to bring both back into my life each and every day. I feel better when I write and make art, so I need to stop letting my depression or outside commitments from getting in the way. It's just with the fatigue that I have been feeling I find it hard to do anything after I get home from work. Still, I know I will feel better after artistic pursuits, so I will make a better effort. Same goes for exercise and meditation.
Luckily my husband now has two days off a week, so he can help some with the cleaning at home. However he and I work different schedules, so now we need to figure out a balance for our relationship time. It is a work in progress that is for sure. I am a work in progress.
How do you find balance in your life? Any tips that you are willing to share?
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