art print by In a Pale Place
Balance in life - we are all looking for it. Those of us who have found it, work at keeping it. I'm beginning to realize and accept that routine and flexibility are key to balance.
By nature, I'm a type A, overachiever, stress inducer, non relaxing kind of person. This gets me into trouble as I take on too many things, worry about getting everything done, and then beat myself up for not doing it perfectly. It's a vicious cycle. Does this sound familiar to you? I've been trying to break the cycle for a long time.
This week, I purposely mixed up my typical routine to see what would happen. Although I was swimming in appointments, deadlines, and must-dos, I added exercise and creativity to my daily routine. The exercise part is important and necessary. It is the creativity part that was a surprise to me. Let me explain.
Clearly a big part of my work is sewing, jewelry making, designing, generally being creative. However a large part of my work, and often more consuming part, is typical office management work: bookkeeping, marketing, writing/blogging, planning, etc. Yesterday, as I was busy working on deadlines at the computer, I stopped what I was doing and sat at my sewing machine. I took 15 minutes and finished a few projects. I did this, not because I had to but because I wanted to. It felt great. It didn't feel like work (although technically it was). It felt like I was feeding my creativity. Doing something creative in my day makes me happy: new, old, starting or finishing a project. I need to do something creative every day.
OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, looking for these moments can promote balance in our lives.
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