As you might have noticed, I’ve been a little less present lately. With a ton of studying, work, and personal commitments, I’ve let blogging fall to priority number 26 (or 27, 28…). About a week and a half ago, a major time suck stopped needing my attention and I’ve spent the last 9 days absorbing the beauties of life. And when I say life, I mean good old fashion stuff like friends, trying new restaurants, and reading up on everything I’ve promised myself I’d read. Honestly, it’s been great. There are so many good things in life that I feel like I’ve been missing and I’m so happy to be back in the groove.
Having some time back for myself has also reminded me how important it is to enjoy what you have and take care of yourself. I’ve been home with family for Thanksgiving and was honestly surprised at how exhausted I was as soon as I wasn’t at work. I thought about how funny it is that I get tired and cranky each time I get some down time and realized how indicative it is of the breakneck speed we’re all living our lives at. I’m rarely slow enough to realize how much I’m doing and really only have time to notice when I’m home and doing much less. I use to think this was a sign that I was happiest doing as much as possible, but I think there’s a better balance that we all need to find.
Balance for me is a little less crazy schedule, more sleep, and more laughing with friends. It’s different for everyone, but the point is – what’s the point of going a million miles a minute if you’re too tired to enjoy the rewards once you’ve claimed them? Embrace life, embrace whatever it is that makes you happy and take frequent breaks that encourage you to look around and rest.