One of the things that I make a conscious effort to maintain in my life is balance. I've noticed that most people never just step back to take a breather or spend quality time with themselves.
You always hear people say, "I don't have time" or "I'm too busy." It's sad that people spend too much time working and running themselves dry and not enough time living and taking a few minutes every day to just enjoy the simple things.
I'm all about the simple things. I know people are busy and I know people get wrapped up. But I think everyone deserves to escape from that every now and then, even if it's for a few minutes.
My daily routine pretty much goes as follows: After I wake up, get dressed, give my dogs fresh water, and all that jazz, I get on my laptop and do my online lesson for the day if I have one. Then I do my chores, which include dishes, laundry, and sometimes, cleaning. Then after that, I might check my Twitter account or watch a little TV. Then I write for 2-3 hours, whether I'm working on a new project, researching publications, or just writing for fun or practice. By that time, it's usually three or four in the afternoon and I spend the rest of my day doing whatever my little heart desires. I don't watch much TV, but sometimes I'll do that. Or read. Or play with my dogs. Or take a walk. Or bake cookies. Or watch YouTube videos. Or visit my favorite blogs.
And then I go to bed feeling balanced and content because I worked AND played.
(Get to the point, Madison.)
Okay, okay. So I wrote an article for http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/ about maintaining balance. I would assume that most people are typically busier than I am, given my description of my daily routine, but you can still make time for others and yourself at the end of the day. It is a choice. No one is THAT busy. You have to enjoy life and nurture yourself too, you know.
So my article is about ten ways that you can find balance and serenity after a productive day. Everyone needs daily "me time." So if you're a crazed work-a-holic who doesn't know how to sit still, maybe you can give some of my simple ideas a try. Thanks for reading!
My article: http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2011/11/22/find-balance-and-serenity-after-a-productive-day/
And thank you to Donald Latumahina for featuring me on his site! :-)