Isn’t balance always such a struggle? I think in my dream life I’d effortlessly balance work and play, solitude and company, relaxation and housekeeping, client time and desk time, knitting and everything else. And I’d do it with ease and grace. In my current reality, I’m feeling torn in several directions most of the time.
I’ve been fortunate to be very busy in my business lately. I worked many hours in June and July is already booked up. That’s great for my bank account. But there’s non-client work I need to do to keep my business going. There’s a house that constantly needs to be decluttered—or at least stuff put away. There are dogs that appreciate long walks and play dates. A husband to spend time with. I know my struggle for balance is not unique to me!
Today I leave for five days to work with a client in another state. We’ll be working long hours together on a big project. It’s a grubby, exhausting project. But there are a couple of great things about it for me. The first is the tremendous impact my help will have on the client’s well-being. The other is that I won’t have to think about balance. I’ll be away from home, completely focused on my client. When I’m not working, I’ll be in my hotel trying to rest. My husband will handle everything at home. I’ll have two obligations: helping my client and taking care of physical well-being.
Ignoring the need for balance certainly isn’t as healthy as actually achieving balance. But at this point, I’ll take what I can get.