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Balance and the World of Womanhood

April 07, 2016

Balance and the World of Womanhood

According to Webster’s Dictionary balance is defined as an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember the last time I felt “steady” or “upright” after running with the kids and all their activities, grocery shopping, cooking dinner, doing dishes, laundry, and trying to maintain a clean home. I also aim to take a shower and wash my hair every night if I am lucky. I think the saga of being a woman and all the various things that we juggle never ends but instead is forever growing. Whether you are a hard working mother, wife or vibrantly single, a woman’s work never ends. I think James Brown got it right with his lyrics to “It’s a Man’s World” summed it up better than anything I have ever heard: 

"But it wouldn't be nothing 
Nothing without a woman or a girl”

I have come to the conclusion that I need to take time and determine what balance means for me and create concrete boundaries around that. Balance for every woman will be different but I believe it starts with identifying what is most important to you, and where your passions are. As a mother and a wife being present with them, their lives, and activities is very important to me. As a business owner being present at my store is not equally as important as my family, but is a passion of mine and needs my attention as well.

With that being said I want to share what I have adopted in my life to start working towards the feeling of being balanced and steady:

  1. I have started waking up 30 minutes earlier for my personal quiet time and meditation for my own sanity. By doing this I am able to prepare myself and have a quiet cup of coffee before waking up the crew
  2. Every morning I look at my calendar and see if there is anything that is not pressing that I can rearrange to make for a more productive day. I also look at the time of my last commitment for the day and make sure that I completely block anytime after that out for family or personal time
  3. I am more thoughtful when people request things of me, or to join them somewhere. I have found that sometimes I have more heart than I have time. I have started being at peace with saying “No” or “I’ll pass” without explanation. It’s nobody’s business why I can’t make it, but I offer solace with “I wish I could, maybe next time”
  4. Finally I have become realistic. As much as I have had to play the super hero role, I have now given up trying to be all things for all people. I am human and I cannot drain myself for the sake of others including my loved ones. You will be a much better mother, friend, wife, employer, employee, etc once you realize that and own it
I encourage each one of you to take some time today to reflect on your life and make a conscious effort to start taking the proper steps to feeling more balanced and steady. Remember what James said, this world wouldn’t be the same without women.

Take a peek into my hectic life on the Youtube channel on Famileague called Jennings Journey and how I try and remain balance and steady. 

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