What is balance?
Who is at liberty to define it?
Is it an idle concept, or ever-changing?
How do we decide where we devote our time into each category of our lives to “achieve” balance?
You may have found yourself asking variations of these very questions, wondering how in the world you can possibly create a healthy routine in your own life.
As I scroll through this app, I almost daily stumble upon a “balance-shaming” post, or those projecting how the mere concept of “balance” is unhealthy. Broad claims like this sadden me, at the very least, because I believe everyone has the authority to define what balance means to them. Balance doesn’t have to be unattainable. It doesn’t even have to be consistent! If the term makes you uneasy, may I suggest looking inward and reflecting on what the word balance, at its very root, means to you. You are FREE to choose what it means to you! ✨
For most of my life, I have struggled with being caught up in a realm of extremes. I tend to jump from hot to cold, melancholy to elated, often feeling like a dandelion weed getting jostled about in the wind. My emotions do their absolute best to stay in the driver’s seat, and this is a battle I still fight to this very day (enneagram 4, anyone?)🙋🏼♀️ This is why balance to me means CENTERED. 🧡Its escaping the here-and-there of my emotions, letting go of the obsessive concern to hit every macro-nutrient precisely, being OK when I don’t have time to complete my full scheduled workout, and choosing to speak life and positivity over myself even when I fall short of my goals. It is knowing that no routine will be perfectly ideal, and accepting that I am not nearly as in control of my journey as I might like to think I am. What I AM in control of, is how I respond to the journey. Now that is something I can camp on for a minute. 🙌🏼 So friends, what does balance mean to you? I hope you find freedom in exploring the concept, or perhaps re-framing your mindset when you hear the word. I would love to hear your thoughts! 🙏🏼👇🏼