One of my goals this month is to find balance in my days between work, play and rest. Did you see what my weeks look like now that I live in NC and actually have a life? Everything I am doing is fabulous and I wouldn’t trade it for anything… but I am struggling with the little things in between work and play and rest that seem to get neglected during the day.
For example, I am particularly struggling with three things: financial intensity, fitness & blogging.
1. Getting Intense with Finances
I admit my intensity for my finances is a little lax. I think that is because everything is pretty standard and automatic. I set up my bi-monthly paychecks so that all I need to do is monitor the transactions between checking, savings and bills, then use the rest wisely. The difference here is that I haven’t earned any extra income and don’t really have the time for babysitting or extra odd jobs. I would love to make extra money to help push my emergency savings and start new goals; just $50 a week babysitting in DC made such a difference! But then I look at my life now and my ability to save $600 a month and I think sometimes I get a little greedy. Perhaps right now I just need to chill and not worry about it.
We’ve already looked at my pathetic one-month 7-pound weight gain. Thank you so much to all for the comments on gyms! I have shopped around and made a decision to (dum dum duuum….) join a gym! But not yet. I’m not going to join a gym until I can commit to simply working out outside for a month or two.
The issue here for me isn’t having a place to work out (hello great big outdoors), but it’s a) finding the time, and b) actually doing it! If I cannot find the time or motivation to go running outside then how will I find the time to get out of bed and drive to a gym? I’m giving myself at least a month, maybe more, to get into a workout routine. After I’ve proven I can handle a routine, I’ll join a gym and reward myself with workout classes. I may even save $40 for each month I’m not at a gym towards something healthy. Hmm, oooor something pretty…!
Oooooh blogging. I want to give a great big I’m Sorry to all you bloggers out there whom I read and haven’t commented in so long. Some of you know who I am, others don’t. Perhaps I’ve done a decent job blogging since I moved here, but I have much less time than usual to blog and feel like my posts have been weak and vapid. I also would love to have more sponsors on the blog to help boost #1, but I suppose those take time and it would require more subscribers and such.
So here I am sitting on my bed thinking about the three things I want to improve on, and not really knowing where to start. I think for the first one, I’m going to let it go for now. It could do me some good to have a small budget to manage and not be tempted to use extra income for spending.
For fitness and blogging, I think I need to create a schedule. Nothing too structured that I set myself up for failure, but a routine for me to follow, at least in the beginning. So if it’s Monday at 6:00 am, I know that I have two miles to run in my neighborhood. Or if it’s Wednesday evening I have to do weigh training. Or if it’s Sunday evening I know it’s time to catch up on blogs and schedule posts for the week. I will let you guys know what kind of schedule I decide and some sort of plan to balance all of these things! Or perhaps I need to just take each day as it comes and do the best I can.
Does anyone have any advise for juggling and balancing life? Do you always workout at the same time each day? Do you have a scheduled time of day when you blog?