Positive Thursday: Living a Dream Life in Balance

Positive Thursday: Living a dream life in balance

Happy Positive Thursday!

Funny how the sunshine makes it always a little easier to stay positive? Either way, I’ll take it.

I hope you had a purposeful week and lived every day to the absolute fullest. That’s what life is all about. In last weeks post, Positive Thursday: Dream Big Live Bigger I shared with you why my new mantra is “Dream big, Live bigger” and this week, I’ve been consciously trying to embrace that mindset and lifestyle.

I was created to shine, to soak up all that life has to offer and appreciate every single day. So were you.

This week, I want to chat briefly about balance.

Balance — that thing you never think about when you are working overtime, or up until 2 am cramming for an exam.

Balance — that lofty idea you never think you struggle with. Living life in balance is much easier said than done.

Many of us are wired to try to be everywhere at once, to be all things to all people, but sooner than later, we are left feeling weary and drained.

I want to encourage you to s-l-o-w down and take time for yourself. Yes, it’s okay to spend time with friends. Yes, it’s okay to volunteer. Yes, it’s okay to have an all-nighter every now and then. But remember, it’s just essential to recognize when you aren’t giving yourself and your body the balance it deserves.

For me, I’ve found that I’m actually a healthier and happier person when I do slow down a little. When I do take breaks from the job applications and interviews. When I do just hang out with myself for a night to break up my chaotic week.

When I do feed my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing equally.

When we are juggling different priorities, tasks and people and doing too many things at once, we don’t have time to breathe and actually enjoy life. If we are spending ALL of our time doing one thing, we are missing out on other areas. We are robbing ourselves of potential joy we could be having!

This week, I encourage you to remain balanced. Continue pursuing your dreams–like I will be researching ways to be certified to become a life coach and applying for jobs–but don’t let that rule your life.

Keep your tasks, jobs and activities in proportion and allow yourself to take time to just BE and relax.

Keep on chasing your dreams, but also keep living a life full of peace and enjoyment!

Until next Thursday

XO —Andi

Andrea TaggertAndrea’s dream is to graduate college from Ohio University in spring 2011, to find a job that allows her to utilize her public relations education and skills; to launch her own personal website www.polish-my-crown.com; and to become a certified life coach and motivational speaker.

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  • Hey Andi your advice is of great advice and encouraging. I relally felt as if a load from my mind has dropped down, and would suggetst everyone to read your article. Thanks a lot.

  • Lisa

    Andie, this is so beautiful: “I was created to shine, to soak up all that life has to offer and appreciate every single day. So were you.”

    Amen girlfriend! Here’s to that!

    I absolutely agree BTW and am *much* better at living with balance than I used to be ~ typical Lisa used to be work-so-hard-I-burned-myself-into-the-ground, crash (I’d usually get sick, so my body would force me to stop working!), rest for a bit (under duress!), repeat.

    Now, I *do* allow myself “down-time” in my life and don’t overload my schedule. It’s definitely a much happier healthier way to live, at least for me…

    Excited about all you are creating, and glad you are giving yourself a break sometimes too to “just breathe”!

    xoxo
    Lisa

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  • Once a guy told me that the partying habits of your best friends would kill you. I argued with him and thought it was such a crazy thing to say, but in retrospect he was right and I got what he was trying to say.

    Light distractions are good for relaxing and letting go after a long sprint – like getting through a semester of school — or a big work project., like your words, “it’s okay to have an all-nighter every now and then. But remember, it’s just essential to recognize when you aren’t giving yourself and your body the balance it deserves.”

    He was trying to tell me that I should surround myself with friends who pursued positive outlets in their down time, which didn’t involve lots of alcohol and little sleep. Outlets that restored my frame of mind and helped me rest and recover from stress. Now I meditate, ride my cool Betty bike, read and go for walks in nature and understand his point that I missed so many years ago.

    Cath

  • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

    such a timely and much needed reminder for me…thank you Andi. Wise advice. xox Rem