Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Walking the Tightrope

Last weekend Lovely Boyfriend and I spent four days in Los Angeles, celebrating our friend's fortieth . . . I mean twenty-first . . . birthday, and hustling Wonder Girl to her play performances. It was a lot of fun, but a very different schedule than I'm used to following. Part of me wishes I had packed in more events, and part of me is happy to have found some time for more relaxing, self-focused activities, like climbing the sand dune (6 times!). By Sunday night, I was exhausted and ready for some solitude.

This week, I've set major goals for my fiction work, but also have vowed to eat a more simple Raw diet. Wonder Girl's homeschool work still needs my attention, the finances have to be managed to accommodate unexpected expenses (like the $500 deductible on $6000 worth of car accident damage), Fierce Teenager needs to begin organizing for graduation, I must get my workouts in, we're making major decisions about moving to another city, and the household still needs to run.

I'm not complaining about all this. In fact, I'm excited about most of it. It's just that my personality isn't particularly suited to balancing all these things. I don't like living in a world of multi-tasking. Given my way, I could shut myself in a room for six hours each day until I burned out on a project. Unfortunately, life demands that I give each area it's due.

Here are some tools that have helped. I've added a countdown timer to my Google sidebar, forcing myself to quit working on a given project when its allotted time expires. In the kitchen, I just use the oven timer. I've also created a free page on backpackit.com, with lists of all my short-term goals and the immediate steps I need to achieve them. This is now my home page. I've used this system for a couple of weeks, but the weekend of partying threw me off a bit.

Today, I'm back to seeking balance, trying to keep one foot always on the tightrope.

*The photo is from Tees For Change, a socially responsible t-shirt and jewelry company.


HiHoRosie said...

Was someone in a car accident?? Hope everyone is okay. I suppose I should check prior posts about this...bummer about the deductible. Ouch!

Sounds like the weekend was grand. Good for you guys for getting some R&R. That's always good. :)

I hear ya with multi-tasking. Sometimes you just get in a zone and it's hard to pull away. Good luck with everything.

Rediscover Raw Food said...

LB and I were in a car accident a week ago. Four cars on an L.A. freeway and not a single person was hurt in any way. I meant to post about it, but never did.

As for the deductible, I shouldn't complain. It could be a lot worse!

Thanks for checking in!

Michelle J said...

Seeking balance. I like that a lot! Breathing too huh? :O) Good luck with finding all the balance you need in life!

TheWriterStuff said...

Hi, I'm so glad you and LB are OK. What a blessing that out of all those cars no one was hurt. Seeking balance is one of the major struggles of life. I find I'm always totally into either one thing or another. I applaud you on your approach. As you can see I've got a new raw food blog. You can't keep an aspiring raw foodie down, ya know?

Rediscover Raw Food said...

TWS - I'm thrilled you're back to Raw Food blogging! I knew you couldn't stay away!