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  • Writer's pictureAngela Harris

Balancing Our Lives

Balancing life and work can be tricky, now add some kids and things get a whole lot more complicated. If you can relate to trying to get out the door in the morning with kids,

then you know that things can get complicated really quick. This was life for us living in BC. Both Tim and I working full time and children who were in daycare and activities. When we decided to move to Colorado we knew that I wouldn't be able to work right away, so naturally I would stay home with the kids. This made sense both financially and emotionally. This was going to be a big transition and staying home with the kids was going to be the best choice for everyone. Our family balance with the kids, Tim's job and me was going pretty smoothly. Being home means that I get make sure dinners are prepared, laundry is done, our house is clean and the kids are getting the adventures that they need! I am so grateful for this time with them. They are changing so quickly as little humans and I get to see so much of it.

We are now 5 months into our adventure and I have taken some big leaps of my own. I have started my Yoga Teacher Training, I am growing my Doterra business and I started this blog/website. This means that my new schedule needs to be worked into our family one. We are not perfect but we are working hard on making sure that all of our schedules get worked together. The first thing we did was have the kids in care one day a week. This gives me the day to make sure that I can do the things I need to do on my own time. Initially I thought that this was luxury that we should not be indulging in but it is a great opportunity for the kids to have a day with other kids and for me to have some time. I realized it is okay to ask for help, you don't have to do it all. If this means you hire someone to clean your house or you have someone walk your dog, then so be it...we are not less of a human being if we ask for help. Know your strengths but also know your weaknesses and where you could use the help. This allows for you to be less stressed and have more time to do the things you love.

I try to spend my day following up with clients, working on promotions, reading and posting. If I can get my self set up to feel like I have met a list of goals for the day, then the rest of the week I can focus more on the needs of the kids. However, this isn't always the case so I am trying to work in some more time during the week. I knew that this would be in the evenings after the kids have gone to sleep. I try to spend those times reading or writing. For me evening is all about winding down so if I can do some Yoga reading or some personal development during that time I feel accomplished. I am trying to avoid social media in the evening....easier said than done! I want my time before bed to be positive and calm...not the latest buy and sell post or a terrible news story. This way I can fall asleep feeling accomplished for the day. Maybe the morning is your thing...if my kids slept in past 6 am it might be mine too... Ease your self into your day with some personal development reading or a gratitude journal or mediation. Over the next few months I am going to try and add this to my day...I guess that means getting up before 6 am 🙃 If it is going to allow me to start my day just for me, I know it means I will have more to give to my family and that is worth it.

Finding balance in your life is hard and takes effort each and every day. When you put the time in to focus on your main priorities everything else will fall in to place. If one day everything is out of balance, know that tomorrow is a new day and you can start fresh 💕

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