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Finding Balance in a World of Hustle

 This is for my people who live their life on a tightrope. One centimeter to the left or right and their world crashes to the ground. Sorry, I don't mean to sound morbid but you get the metaphor.

 Are you one of those people flying by the seat of your pants? One foot out the door while you're brewing your K-Cup coffee (because who has the time to brew fresh coffee anymore) and shoving peanut butter toast down your throat because you read somewhere that breakfast is important? Are you one of those people rushing to an appointment and cursing every red light because you squeezed in a work out and a trip to the grocery store because all you have left in your fridge is sour cream and hot sauce? Are you someone who often has to choose between work and family? Do I see some hands?

 Well I am one of those people. I have always been a person who burns the candle at both ends because if I'm not busy, I tell myself I am lazy. And being lazy is equal to doing nothing and if I do nothing, I won't be successful, and if I am not successful, I am a loser. This is what I tell myself anyway. I always feel guilty if I take a day off of working on music. As if a once in a lifetime opportunity will fly by if I choose to watch T.V instead of picking up my guitar.

 Why is it so challenging to find balance in our lives? Why are we filling every minute of every day with crap? Where and to what is our time being invested in? Are you working toward your goals or are you too busy for what you love? These are important questions to ask ourselves because guess what? Not even the richest person in the world can buy time so we may as well use it wisely.

 I want to start using my time wisely and with purpose. I don't want to be that person that is always running on E. I'm not saying I am going to quit my job and find an island to live on with no responsibilities, although that is tempting. I'm saying, the time I have outside of my obligatory, adult duties will be spent investing in my passions and needs. For example, I am a creative, so outside of my 9-5 I would like to be creating more music and nurturing my needs. My needs vary day to day. Some days I need to veg out and binge watch Game of Thrones. Some days I need to surround myself with laughter and friends. Some days I need to sing a song at the top of my lungs in my car. Some days I need to sleep in. What are your passions and needs?

 I understand there are deadlines and things that require attention in real life. There are some people reading this that probably think keeping busy is a choice, or thinking they couldn't possibly find the time to do anything else but what they need to do to survive. I get that. But how do we quiet the voice in our head that is constantly pressuring us to do more? Recently I took an entire weekend off to slow down and reset. It did me WONDERS. After the weekend I felt clear-headed, happier, and more energized. And guess what? The world didn't end!

 If you are in a position to relax once in a while and take some time for yourself, I highly recommend it. Even if you are someone that has three children, a spouse, a mortgage, a foster pet, and a run-down vehicle, just do it. You will be more useful to yourself and the world if you are rested. Rest brings energy, which brings happiness, which brings productivity. Make time to do the things you enjoy doing. Go book that trip to Italy you've always wanted to take! Wake up a little earlier and brew your pot of coffee and drink it out of a real mug. Take that 60 minute yoga class while your husband watches the baby. It doesn't have to be grand or glamourous. It could be as simple as staying in your pajamas on a Tuesday. Whatever it is, do it.

 Reset, refresh, and renew your spirit. You'll thank yourself later.