Welcome to The Scoop on Balance–and a Giveaway!
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If you would like to be entered to receive a $25 Target gift card, please subscribe in the little box at the top of the blog AND leave me a comment telling me you subscribed (new subscribers only, please!) Winners to be announced Friday.
I’ve been thinking about you.
Since the idea popped into my mind over a year ago to start a new blog, I’ve pictured YOU in my mind. I’ve seen you taking care of your family. I’ve seen you working. I’ve seen you struggle. I’ve seen you trying hard to be a good spouse/parent/child/follower of God. And I’ve prayed for you.
I’ve tried to anticipate what you might need (at least as far as blogs go.) I’ve tried to picture you moving about your caring/working/struggling/try-hard life, and pausing to read a post written by me.
And I’ve asked myself, “How do I want them to feel after they’ve spent a few minutes with me—a few very precious minutes between a hundred other tasks?”
These words came to mind:
I want The Scoop on Balance to be your virtual breath of fresh air.
Maybe that’s a lofty goal. But it’s worth a shot.
So, let’s all stop.
Take a long, deep breath. (go ahead, I’m doing it with you)
Now, s-l-o-w-l-y e-x-h-a-l-e…………
Feel better? Yeah, me too.
You’ve probably figured out by now that we are going to spend some time discussing balance on this blog. Not every post. Maybe not even every week. But when we do discuss balance, I want to make sure we are on the same page. So, let’s define our one and only term, shall we? (You will notice that this definition is also tucked safely away in that navigation bar up top, under the heading, “What is Balance?” That way, we can refer to it, as needed.)
What is Balance, Anyway?
Or maybe best to start with what balance is NOT:
- Balance is NOT finding creative ways to squeeze every minute from your already energy-depleted life. That, my friend, is called “highway to a nervous breakdown” (or “normal” if you live in the United States)
- Balance is NOT the absence of stress. I can’t do anything about mean people or rush-hour traffic. Your kids will tell you they need poster board at 9 pm and your spouse will hurt your feelings and you will have to wait all day for the cable guy to show up. Turns out, you can live a well-balanced life and still feel stress now and then.
- Balance is NOT perfection. The only perfection is God, and you ain’t Him. So, cut yourself some slack and stop striving for the impossible.
- Balance is NOT a myth. I suppose if your definition of balance is getting it all done, getting it done perfectly and never wigging out over the laundry—then, yes, balance is a myth. But I choose to measure my success in this area by a different standard.
Standards for Living a Healthy, Well-Balanced Life
- Balance is wisdom: You focus your energies where you thrive rather than where you struggle.
- Balance is freedom: You don’t have to say yes to everything.
- Balance is neglectful: Sometimes you say no to good things so you can have better things.
- Balance is dynamic: To maintain balance, you must remain flexible.
- Balance is unique: You don’t compare. What works for me may not work for you.
- Balance is growth: You can’t be perfect, but you should progress and improve.
- Balance is seasonal: What works today may not work tomorrow.
- Balance is perspective: Some things matter and some things don’t.
- Balance is peace: You know you are exactly where God wants you to be, and you plant yourself there until you hear otherwise.
I’ve walked around your new place and it looks great. I even learned some stuff I did not know. I wish you well on your new blog here. I look forward to reading all you and your readers have to say.
By the way I thought Asylum was incredibly tough. Do not plan on doing that one again!
Yeah–Asylum. I did the fitness test, which I loved. But it’s been so nice outside and I’ve been so busy with this blog, I’ve not done it since. Just lots of running/walking, along with a ton of pushups and squats. I’ll get back into it once I can put this blog on auto-pilot.
Your new blog looks great, Sandy!
I just subscribed. ‘Looking forward to your posts.
How do you get your picture to show up here?
Mark, I think you have to register?? And then add a picture. After that, it will show up every time. I think. Holy moly…I’m trying to figure all this out, too.
Your new site screams “energy”… the design, the colors, and that fabulous photo of you!
Now… what area of my life is well-balanced? I balance my awake and sleep time well. I never seem to over sleep or under sleep… I know when I need to sleep. 🙂 (Hope you are smiling, if not laughing.) The rest of my life is so unbalanced as I can get caught up in nothing.
Thank you for coming back!!
PS I want to win but I’ve been on your subscription list. Will you be doing anything for your faithful friends?
You are so cute, Donna! Your comments always make me smile. Yes–later in the week, you’ll have a chance to win another gift card if you follow me all over the world (FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc).
Hmm, I might be suceeding in the myth category of what balance is not. I need some major balance chiropracting and putting things back into alignment cause this girl here is all out of whack.
Oh, good..you’ve come to the right place.
I subscribed, but im not new….and we dont have Target in Canada….yet….soon but not yet. But im excited about the new blog 🙂 and I shared with my FB friends 🙂
Can we have a moment of silence for Kelly??–no Target in Canada. I am so sorry. I have no words.
Canada and the poor state of Vermont are without a Target. Can we have a moment of silence for the lost masses of Vermont.
Target is coming!!!! We had 2 discount department store powerhouses in this country. Walmart, and Zellers (canadian company). I loved Zellers. But Zellers is closing. And Target will be replacing several Zellers across Canada….including the one in my local mall. So I will soon be able to shop at Target and see what all the fuss is about. Im not sure it will live up to the hype 😛
Welcome back! I’ve missed you a lot.
I’ve missed you, too!!!
Um, hello, of course I subscribed! Duh!
So glad you’re back!!!!
Girlie, Love this new site!! You’ve inspired me to get moving in the online world. 🙂 You should totally send me that giftcard because ironically, I am teaching the What’s in the Bible series at my new job!!! lol