This weekend was half work and half play. I spent my Saturday at Create & Cultivate listening to several panels made up of talented, driven and successful women. There was a wide variety of career paths and roads to success, but surprisingly enough, the biggest take away for me had far less to do with growing my business, but more to do with living a balanced life everyday.
As entrepreneurs and working women living in such a busy and crazy world, I think we can all agree that getting everything checked off our list is impossible. Right? I always beat myself up about not finishing everything. Do you ever do that? I hate that I put the pressure on myself. I know it’s not healthy and I’m working on letting go a bit.
During the first panel, Jodie Patterson, founder of DooBop and mother of five shared my favorite take away from the weekend. She said that she has 6 touch points that she has to ‘touch’ everyday to make sure she’s living a balanced life. She also shared that there’s plenty of days where she doesn’t get everything done, but if she’s touched those things, she feels accomplished. How life-changing is that?! A few of her touch points included her kids, her man and spirituality.
I absolutely love this idea and have since been thinking about my own touch points. What are the things that I want to focus on each day? What things make me feel the happiest and most fulfilled? A few I landed on were spending quality time with Rob, my relationships with friends and family, my spirituality, my business, my blog, and exercise (though this one is harder for me to squeeze in everyday). Have you ever thought about how you can add more intention and balance to your everyday?
The rest of the day was pretty long, so I purposefully wore something I knew I’d be comfortable in all day and a loose chambray tank and boyfriend chinos fit that bill. These basic pumps are actually more comfortable than you’d imagine. My feet were hurting a bit by the end of the day, but that’s bound to happen with any pair of heels after wearing them for twelve hours.
Yesterday was the complete opposite of Saturday. We slept in late (after going to bed at 10:45 the night before — #gettingold), made a big brunch, went to the beach and watched the air and water show before coming home and cooking our typical Sunday night meal at home.
What are the things that are most important to you? How do you prioritize them and make time for them all?
photos by Shaheen Khan