For someone who thoroughly enjoys sitting on the couch and watching Netflix, I have somehow packed so much into 2019, giving myself very little lounging time. I’ve had plenty of people ask me how I am managing everything I’m doing, and I honestly don’t have a great answer, but I can tell you it all has to do with balance. I am working a full time job (that currently has a project that requires me to be working over 40 hours a week), taking two classes for graduate school (I took three last semester and dialed it back so that I only have to spend 20 hours on school work this semester), trying to keep a fashion blog going, training for the 2019 Chicago marathon, traveling a ton and on top of all that just trying to have a fun social life. Okay, just writing all that out was exhausting… what am I doing!? So, for those of you that want to do more in life but are trying to figure out how to do it all I can tell you is that you must learn to manage your time and have balance. Below I have outlined how I balance everything I’m doing, I’m an overachiever so it’s not easy, but I have accepted this is the only way I can make things work:
I love my job. I love everything I do, the company I work for, the people I work with and my daily duties. A few months ago, I was put onto a big project. This was something completely new to me, so it was a big learning curve. It started out slow and exciting, but recently it has gone into overdrive and I’m on meetings from 6am to 7pm some days (and yes, I do take those from bed whenever I can). I am easily the lowest level employee on this project, which has taught me so much and allowed me to get to know my executive staff very well. However, when I am working such long hours, it doesn’t leave much time for anything else. I used to stress about trying to get everything done for the project as well as my daily duties and would stay up until everything was done. But that was just not feasible and as I stated above, it’s all about balance. I had to realize that it was okay to call it quits sometimes and just relax for the rest of the night. Now, I try to take calls when I’m on the train or even on a run so that I can maximize my time, but not multitask in a way that prevents me from paying close attention to the things I need to. It’s not easy, but I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and eventually my work life will go back to a 9-5 job.
Scaling back to two classes this semester was the best idea I’ve had in a while! Last semester I took three and it was essentially like working two full time jobs, which I absolutely don’t have time for anymore. Now I should only have to spend 20 hours a week on school work and that seems much more reasonable when working a full-time job. Thankfully, I love my graduate classes. They are so relevant to everything I do on a day to day basis and I enjoy that I can use the new skills I learn in real time. Once again, balance has everything to do with the decision I made to take one less class. It was frustrating because I wanted to finish my program more quickly, but I’m certain I would have burned out this semester had I stuck with my old ways. This ensures that I won’t be rushing through assignments just to get them done, but actually paying attention to the content and taking everything in.
This blog is a lot of work. Coming up with content and photographing outfits constantly takes a lot of time, but I love it, so I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I work on this blog in the free time I have, whether that’s during lunch at work or while eating dinner. It takes time to set up the blog to go up for the next day and pick which photos I do and don’t want to use, and which one will go up on my Instagram. I don’t use my creative side very much, so the time I spend on the blog is always a fun activity for me. I don’t see it as work, but as a break from all the serious things I do.
Oh man, this one is really kicking my butt. I have never been great at working out, but this isn’t exactly an option anymore. For those of you looking to get in shape, this is the way to do it! You can’t not train for a marathon… So, it ensures that you get into shape! There’re no skipping days because you feel like it or half-assing it (excuse my language). You can choose not to go to the gym and it won’t kill you, if you choose not to train for a marathon you risk serious injury. I am so sore from the one week of training I’ve done so far and boy do I regret putting my name in the lottery at this moment, but I do know that it is going to make me a better, healthier and happier person in the long run so I am ultimately at peace with my decision to do this.
If you missed my blog on all the travel I am doing this year you can find it here. I think about my 2019 travel as a reward for everything I am doing throughout the year, I deserve a break!
I love spending time with my friends and family and it is very important to me, so I plan doing all that I can to make this happen throughout the year. Thankfully, a lot of my travel is centered around that so I have plenty of definite dates that I will see people. But since the theme of this post is Balance, I will ensure to make time for my friends and family every week! I know that everyone has a lot going on, but it’s good for your mental health to just take some time for yourself and hang out with the people that make you oh so happy.
If you are striving for a lot this year just remember to balance everything. It's great to be busy, but don't burn yourself out. If you are an over acheiver like I am, take a step back and ask yourself if you really need to take that extra class or work those extra hours? Don't forget to take some time for yourself and enjoy the little things in life. Have some quiet time, eat lunch alone, meditate, reflect after work. These are all things that I need to work on and I challenge you to do it too. Good luck!
Outfit details are below!
I love lounging clothes. They're so comfy and honestly I wear them out of the house probably more often than I should, but that is okay! My cardigan is from Athleta, it was a Christmas present from Trevor and it's incredibly warm (it's on sale now!). My white T is from Gap and I like that it is more on the loose side so I can wear it to relax in. Mine is a size Medium, so you can get it smaller to be more fitted and it comes in plenty of colors! I am wearing my favorite Lululemon leggings; I have two pairs of the same ones, that's how much I like them! My fuzzy socks were a Christmas present from my roommate and they're the best! So warm and perfect to wear around the house or with a shorter pair of boots.