Simply Thought{FULL}…Finding Balance.

balance {Beautiful photo by Hannah Mayo Photography on etsy}

So as my craft business has begun to grow a bit I’ve started to feel like other parts of my life are getting a wee bit neglected. I won’t even begin to tell you about the pile of laundry that keeps threatening to fold itself {oh how I wish you would}.

Please don't misunderstand me. I am not complaining. I work very hard at growing my business and I’m happy to see some small successes. Yet, I sometimes wonder how I will be able to handle it all.

Lately my thoughts have been about my life, and my work. I have come to a point in my business where I am at a crossroad and am just not sure which direction to go in. In trying to figure out the path to take, I've been really focusing on what success means and looks like to me. I tell myself that I want my business to grow but there is a bit of fear that I feel even as I write those words. My belief is that what you put your attention to is what manifests itself in your life. Am I putting out thoughts of growth or fear? I want to maintain a sustainable business. One that allows me to be fully present in all aspects of my business that truly make me happy. With all that being said, I don't think I am afraid of sucess but rather what success might bring and the idea of BALANCING it all.

My priority is my son, and my partner.  With growth come changes. Growing pains seem inevitable and not necessarily a bad thing. Yet I can't help wondering will I be able to be there for my family the way I want to be? Aside from anyone else, will I be able to take care of myself the way I know I should? Heck, if I'm not able to take good care of myself then taking care of anyone else including a business is out of the question. So many questions lately.

Ask almost any woman I know what the most difficult part of their day is and the typical answer is finding enough time to get IT all done. That “it” is different for all of us but the eternal quest for BALANCE seems almost universal. Between taking care of home, family, your work in whatever form that takes, and numerous other responsibilities, life can get a bit hectic.

Through my own experience I’ve come to the conclusion that we can’t have it all or do it all, at least not all at the same time. Now some folks might disagree with me. But for the average working woman with a child/ren some things just have to give from time to time or else that thing that gives just might be your sanity.

Which brings me back to the point of trying to find BALANCE. For a long time balance to me was something to attain. It was a state of being that I strived for because it meant that finally I would somehow magically be able to do it all and do it all effortlessly. I've realized in my search for balance that I was just adding one more thing to my already too long to-do list and setting myself up for failure.

Balance now represents something different to me. Balance doesn’t mean trying to do it all but rather knowing when to take away a little here and there. This not only applies to my personal life but also my business life. Being a one woman show, I have learned that I have to choose wisely which parts of my business to focus on.  I'm learning that all parts of my business will not get equal "quality time" everyday and that's ok. 

Today, that meant that the pile of laundry did not get folded. That awesome blog post did not get written. And guess what...the world did not end just because it didn’t get done.

I’ve also come to realize that balance doesn’t always look nice and neat. It is inevitable that at certain times in your life some areas, such as work, might carry a heavier weight. But eventually you will be able to shift some of that weight and attention back to other areas in your life. This process of shifting, moving and “balancing” will probably continue as you move through your life because that is life and that is just fine.

So I was curious how you all go about “balancing” your life? Any thoughts on what “balance” means to you? I’d love to hear some of your ideas and feedback in the comments. Thanks! :)