I have received plenty of good advice in my life. I have been so blessed with so many great people that have spoken into my life and have had a hand in shaping who I am today. The best advice that has resonated with me in so many ways in all of life’s transitions came from my dad. Before leaving for college, I remember him telling me, “Stay balanced.” I think I gave him a typical teenage eye roll and brushed it off. In the months to come, I remember him inquiring repeatedly on how I was doing in “staying balanced.” Honesty, with every passing question, I think I gave him the same response and became more and more annoyed.
Fast forward to today. I am a Christian, Wife, Teacher, Friend. I try to get involved in my church the best that I can and maintain relationships from all walks of life. I struggle daily to carve out time for God, and time for me in the most unselfish and healthy ways that I can think of. Sometimes I feel like my life is planner and date driven. My days feel as though I am running around from one responsibility to another, I go to bed and repeat the same thing the next day! Nobody ever told me that being a grown-up was so exhausting!
It was in a very busy season that I began to understand the importance of maintaining a balanced life. Living a balanced life has been a journey. I have learned that when I do not carve out time to read, reflect, work out, budget, and eat healthy I feel exhausted, frazzled and stressed. When I do prioritize my life and make time for me, I am happy and I know I am a much more positive influence in my day to day life. I used to believe that carving out time for me was selfish. I now know that I was wrong in thinking this way. I know that not only am I not being selfish, but making this balanced life a priority is necessary for me to be truly self-less and live in a way that God is calling me to live. The changes I made were not instant by any means, but they were necessary. Overall, I have learned in the last few years that in order to be what God is calling me to be as a Christian, Wife, Teacher, and Friend; I have to be the healthiest ME that I can be: mind, body and soul.