Striking a Balance

Today’s post is about finding balance in life. I have so many things that I want to accomplish in this moment in time that I’m having trouble figuring out how to do it all. I want to get fitter, improve my yoga and rock climbing, lap swim four days a week, keep up with my improv class, take a photography class, get back into learning Spanish, write more, hike (as usual), get better at cooking and on top of all that, go on some great trips, spend time with my friends and do well at my job. I’ve also been thinking about brushing up on SCUBA diving and learning how to mountaineer. I truly want to do all of these things and want to find the time to do so, but I’m struggling with how to do so.

I’ve been doing a pretty good job keeping up with my yoga, swimming and rock climbing, but if there’s anything out of the ordinary going on (for example, last weekend I had to go home for my mom’s birthday and future sister-in-law’s bridal shower), then it falls apart. Last week, I only swam twice and went to yoga twice. I haven’t been rock climbing in almost two weeks (and I’m itching to get back to it!). I know working out four times a week is enough, but I truly want to improve my fitness and improve my yoga and rock climbing abilities, so it’s tough when I don’t have the time to invest in them. I have always loved fitness and being super active. The two years when I was constantly in extreme back pain, I could really only swim and walk, which was difficult for me. I think I’m making up for it now, and I seriously feel more mentally healthy and stable again since I got injured. I’m so, so grateful for that. The only problem is, I find that I can’t both remain as active as I want to be and still have the time and energy for intellectual activities like writing and learning a language. I want those things too, but I can’t prioritize them right now. But if not now, when?

So, my friends, I am looking for some tips here. I’m pretty good with time management, so I don’t necessarily think that’s the problem. My only time struggle is that I cannot get up early. Otherwise, I could swim in the mornings, do yoga after work and be home by 7:30 p.m. I’ve repeatedly tried to get up to do so, but I just can’t make myself do it. I know it probably sounds silly. I’m an adult, I should be able to get myself out of bed! But I seriously just can’t. I’m wondering then, how do you all find the time to do all the things that you want to do? Or is it not possible to do it all at once? Do I have to wait until I’m perhaps less invested in my fitness and career to find the time to write and learn and form/ keep up friendships? Do I have to wait until the middle of summer when the long daylight hours provide me with enough energy to stay up later and get up earlier? And how am I ever going to find the time to date?!

I think I know the answer, and I think it’s “you can’t do it all!” But I want to, so I’m asking the question anyway. How can I find better balance?

Speaking of balance, I have some exciting news! Although it was only for about a second, I held a crow pose in yoga for the first time today! Woo hoo – progress!! If you don’t know what that is, look it up! It’s harder than it looks, I swear.

P.S.Sorry for the lack of photos in this post, but I haven’t taken many lately! Here’s a picture of me harassing Shamrock to make up for it.



Published by Audrey

Hi! My name is Audrey, otherwise known as Glowstick on trail. I've always been into hiking, adventuring, and the outdoors, but these things took a backseat as I worked on my career in public relations for several years in Washington, D.C. In 2018, I decided that I was discontent with city life. Instead of working on my career, I needed to work on my happiness. So, I reprioritized. I quit my (amazing) job at World Wildlife Fund, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, and relocated to beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where I work in climate communications and climb mountains every chance that I get.

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