PEACEFUL OVER PERFECT
I've had the topic of "balance" on my list for a while now. Waiting for the day I had it all together so I could unleash my new found secret to a happy and well-balanced life. Where no one was disappointed, I was never late and could handle everything on my plate perfectly, with all the pieces of my life in tip-top shape. Well, that day...never came! Nope. Not even close y'all. What did come is better, and way more realistic; a shift in perspective. One that helped me find balance in peace instead of perfection.
I spent far too long comparing, perfecting, and neglecting. Creating my own little cycle of chaos and disappointment by chasing emptiness and neglecting purpose. When I toss myself into a scramble, it's always because I give my time and resources perfecting nonsense while the important pieces of my life get pushed aside. You'd think I'd catch on quicker! Well, I've been praying for wisdom, discernment, and guidance and slowly but surely the world is getting less pushy. My priorities are getting clearer, my "list" is getting smaller, and peace is taking over!
I find peace. in knowing I don't have it all together, and that is OK. I have room to hold what matters and if I have to let everything else go, I'll be just fine. There's only so much time in the day. Things come up, plans change, disaster strikes, wonderful surprises come along...life is crazy! I think a perfectly balanced life sounds a little boring and far-fetched. I do, however, appreciate the deep sigh of satisfaction when my heart is a peace with purpose. That is my balance.
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4 TIPS FOR FINDING BALANCE
PICK YOUR PRIORITIES
I tell myself all the time I know what my priorities are. It seems obvious right? My faith, family, and relationships, serving you all well. Got it! Well, I've learned I'm pretty darn good at justifying the urgent and ultimately unnecessary "to-do's" and ideals that slip into my day. As I let those suckers in, my big picture priorities get lower on the list and less of my attention. It seems like no big deal because those guys are big and will be there later. While this scenario/opportunity is only here right now, so I've just got to do it....right?
My advice—to myself everyday—give your attention now to what you'll care about later. My marriage, my finances, my relationships, my health, and my goals. If this urgent thing is a temporary win, is it really worth taking the place of a long-term investment? Currently thinking of all the times I messed this up.....even today! But really knowing my priorities—which change with each season of life—make it easier not to stretch myself too thin.
Know what your priorities are and start each day serving them first. It's like a big peace bomb for your heart!
Food and exercise are my fuel. The food I put in my body and the sweet release of breaking a sweat pretty much effect everything! How I feel, how I sleep, how I talk and interact with people. It gives me the energy, clear mind and motivation I need to tackle my priorities with joy. Exercise is not about getting the perfect body but taking care of myself so I can enjoy life and thrive with health and energy.
I just summed up my Summer Workout Routine too if you want a peek at how I've been staying active the past few months. You don't need to dedicate an hour to the gym every day just a little time to do something that betters your body and mind when you have the chance. I personally like to squeeze in little stretch session, 20 min runs with Leroy, and face masks throughout the week. A little bit goes a long way and I feel the peacefulness of balance when my health is a priority and I can give each day all I've got.
You do you. I've gotten off course countless times trying to keep up.... and it's just exhausting. Celebrate the success of others, applaud their opportunities but don't change a darn thing about yourself because of them. Live and grow in action mode instead of reaction mode (reacting to what other people do). This world is constantly changing and we won't get far if we are too.
Staying rooted in truth instead of taken by trends is my biggest weapon for balance. The world is always pushing and demanding my attention, time, and recourses. I can't blame them, we all want to be valuable, right? Well, we totally are with our without the trends, trips and new greatest thing. My morning quiet time (that I share in Instagram tories if you follow along) is like a fresh lens to look through all day. It gives me more comfort and confidence to feel less pull and more peace in my day.
So, go and unleash some peace in your life too!
Have a wonderful week everyone and thanks for reading. Y'all are the BEST!
PHOTOS BY ALI STONE