Life Without Pants – and With Different Priorities.

by Nicole Branigan on June 16, 2011 · 1 comment

Blackbird Can Write | Writing and BalanceA look at what makes us think – and those beautiful events that make us stop thinking.

I am inspired by my good pal, Matt Cheuvront and his recent post, “Getting that (Balanced) Swagger Back.” In his post, Matt talks about his very much needed vacation to Washington, and how it allowed him to unplug, refocus, and reconnect with things that matter. Matt discusses the work/life balance in saying:

The kind of balance that says it’s okay to not answer emails after 5pm. The kind of balance that says I don’t need to take on every single client that comes my way, even if it means a smaller paycheck next month. The kind of balance that says I need to get away and recharge more often.

Around the same time Matt was taking his much deserved vacation, I was learning about balance myself. I was having a baby. This crazy, beautiful, eye opening event has taught me so many things, and has also left me with many questions. How can I make my son’s life the best possible life? How can I fulfill my needs and the needs of my family? How can I work and be the best mother I can be?

One of the most important things I’ve learned over the past (almost) four weeks is that it’s okay to not have all the answers, and in some instances, learning as you go is the best way to live. It’s also okay to stop thinking and just live. Over the past few weeks I’ve learned that it’s okay to stop thinking, realize that in the current moment I am okay, and to simply stare at my beautiful son.

Finding balance is about finding flexibility. Baby trumps job. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love what I do. I’m going to work to find a balance between what I love to do, and who I love. One of the keys to that is realizing:

I can’t do it all.

I don’t have to do it all.

So here’s to finding a balance, and to finding flexibility. How do you find balance in your work/life ratio?

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Auntie Gale June 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm

excellent! you are a very wise woman Nicole!!

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