Note: This article was previously published on another blog platform and has been updated to reflect a few (wonderful) life changes
Between work, school, the gym, dinners with friends, birthdays, holidays, laundry, family time and anything else you may be juggling it’s easy to overbook yourself. With the constant pressure to be able to do it all despite only having 24 hours in a day what starts as an easy to manage schedule can quickly become a nightmare. I know from experience.
Right now I am juggling a lot. I have a full-time job in marketing, work at Lululemon on the weekends, I run my own blog and Instagram, am training for the 2018 Chicago Marathon and just got a puppy. Not to mention I have a wide social circle and a boyfriend all who need my love and attention, boyfriend especially! Just writing all of this out feels like a headache, and I’m just writing down a list, not actually doing anything (well, okay technically I’m blogging right now).
My friends, family and coworkers are constantly asking me how I’m not banging my head into a wall, stressed out of my mind, functioning like a zombie, and trying to quit half of my responsibilities. And while some days I think they’re right and that it would be easier to just give something up, the reality is all of these things bring value and joy to my life and I don’t want to have to say goodbye to any of them. So instead, I’ve spent the last few months (well, years really) figuring out how to stay afloat when I should be drowning.
It may be self-proclaimed, but according to everyone I know who watches my balancing act I’ve become an expert at staying sane when, from the outside, it really looks like you shouldn’t be. But how do I do it? I’m glad you asked.