Did that title grab your attention? It would've grabbed mine too. That's why I wrote it.
In 2011 I became a Health Coach and my motto to clients was to, "live a life in balance." I conducted sessions where we talked about how the client could bring more balance into his or her life. I told them that ultimate freedom is balance in life. Ya know what I say now? At age 30 and with 4 more years of experience? Balance does not exist. I mean, yes, you could do a little better in every category, but do you see your friends enough? I don't. Do you wish you worked less hours? I don't, but it's because I love what I do. Do you wish you made more money? Yes. Do you get quality time with your family? I do, but it's because family is number one to me. Do you cook enough meals at home? I cook a lot at home, but Whole Foods is a block away and I see their name on my credit card statements regularly. (damn you Whole Foods, why are you so healthy?)
I think that being "off" in a few categories means that you are living your life fully. And wouldn't you rather live fully than have half ass days where you fit in everything? How freakin' stressful and unfulfilling. I love the days where nothing is planned and I get to pick and choose what comes next. Like today. I taught Fit GIrl, came home, laid in bed and dragged myself into new workout clothes to sub for a friend's booty barre class. After that I came home, ate lunch and just played around. In about an hour, I will eat something else, make a playlist and head to my last class of the day. Tomorrow will be different. And I'm starting to really enjoy this unpredictable schedule. It makes it difficult for friends because I can't commit more than a day or two in advance. I will be able to in the future, but for now, my career is revving up and I am teaching a ton of classes! If you are an instructor, you know that you need down time, chillin' by yourself to refuel your mind, body and spirit, so you can give that next class all you got!
So, back to the title. When I said that balancing life is a total myth, I meant it. Or I guess, you create the life you want and give more energy to some areas than others, but it is not forever. It is for the time being. Isn't that awesome? Nothing ever stays the same. We evolve. Become different people. Different careers. Moves. Family grows.
I love this quote and think of it as I spend too much time on people magazine online, "We are what we repeatedly do."