I have realized recently that my blog is helping me to find balance, but it probably isn't helping you to do so. I have been considering a blogging "schedule" to add some structure to my posts and to guide you along, but I often don't know what is going to inspire me in any given week. Then, I started thinking about my natural writing inclinations and realized I tend to re-evaluate my past week and plan my next on Fridays. It is the day on which my pent up dreams and desires come out. It's when I pay more attention to my family and friends. I think Friday is when I naturally re-balance myself. So, each Friday I will offer a tip or thought about balance.
My balance thought for today is this -
What is the intrinsic value of what you spend most of your time doing?
This is a difficult for me, because what I am drawn to do may not be the most valuable thing in my life. I am a task-oriented introvert, which means I love reading, thinking, and doing projects BY MYSELF. But God has given me 2 little people to take care of (3 if you include my husband). So, I have to constantly balance what feeds me (time alone) with what feeds them (time together).
I can often justify what I am doing as - "I need time by myself". But I have to push myself to determine whether it is valuable time by myself. Am I making a dress, because I need to create and grow or because I need a pat on the back? Am I spending hours reading blogs for inspiration or to "escape"? Is watching this TV show helping me or should I really be sleeping?
Now, I'm going to post this and get off the computer, because reading a book to my daughter is intrinsically more valuable than checking my email one more time. (And Mondays will be about Fashion, because I don't want to be serious too many days in a row.)