What is balance anyway?

Hello my lovelies, it’s been a minute since I’ve written because rather than take my own advice and slow down a little bit while I try to navigate this whole home schooling two kids, being a full time cleaner, cook and new found exercise lover – I thought why not totally revamp my business and website as well?! Replacing old habits of trying to be everything at once for living more consciously is a constant work in progress and today I was reminded that I still have a long way to go.

I wanted this time of quarantine to be filled with reflection and growth and not “just” a time where everything is on hold with stress building as we navigate all of this uncertainty. I have always struggled with the fact that I can’t control everything, of letting go. But time and time again I am reminded that we aren’t ever really in control and of the importance of slowing down, of reflection and of being quiet and still. I have never craved silence as much as I do right now. Time to think, time to just be, time to actually breath and be present. As mothers we are pulled in so many directions and it is so hard to press the stop button. Despite my efforts with boundaries and “me time”, somehow I find myself spread thin again.

Today’s post is a renewed commitment – it’s time to be less hurried as Dr. Alan Lightman writes in The Atlantic:

Habits of mind and lifestyle do not change easily. Without noticing, we slowly slip into the routines of our lives, like becoming so accustomed to living on a noisy street that we cannot remember our previous neighborhood and a time of silence. Some powerful force must strike to awaken us from our slumber. Now we have been struck. We have a chance to notice: We have been living too fast. We have sold our inner selves to the devil of speed, efficiency, money, hyper-connectivity, “progress.”

The Virus Is a Reminder of Something Lost Long Ago.

I’m a big believer in a good comeback story and tomorrow is a new day! If there is one learning I hope to take from these past few weeks it is that in addition to scheduling time for everything and everyone else in our lives, we should also make sure that we make appointments with the CEOs of our own lives because we deserve it!

Andrea xx

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