Last year was my “do” year. And baby, I DID.
I said yes to a lot of things. Yes to a new job teaching piano lessons. Yes to a new church. Yes to writing and submitting a book proposal. Yes to a trip to Moldova. Yes to my first not-at-my-church speaking engagement. Yes to participating in two podcasts.
It was a full year.
But with all of those yeses, I let some things get away from me. My family has eaten way more pizza than is acceptable. I did not take care of my health or my house the way that I had intended. I allowed myself to become overwhelmed emotionally. I left some projects sitting that needed to be finished.
This is how things tend to work for me. I throw myself into one thing (or five things) and I completely neglect others.
Now I know that I can’t do everything. Some things are going to fall by the wayside. I may not have time to watch Mad Men, even though Netflix tells me I’ll love it. I probably won’t get around to playing Skyrim. I have no intention of becoming a foodie in the coming year.
But I can strike a better balance.
When I started thinking about my One Word for 2013, I kept coming back to balance. And I kept pushing it aside, because it is the least sexy word ever. Do was cool and exciting and active. Balance is just so…blah. It’s all responsible and grown-up and boring.
But I know that if I want to be able to do all of things that I want to do and that I think that I need to do, I need some semblance of balance in my life.
I need schedules and charts. I need lists and planners. I need organization and perspective.
These are not things that come easily to me. They are not things that I like. Orderly would never, ever be a word that would be used to describe me.
I think I fought against balance because I mostly like my impulsive, reckless self and I don’t want her to go away. But balance isn’t a call to remove that version of me entirely. I just need to even her out with some order in areas that don’t have to be impulsive, or worse, are harmed by my haphazard attitudes.
So balance it is. Trying to find that sweet spot between chaos and order. I’m pretty sure it exists somewhere, but I’m going to need your help to find it. Thanks in advance for grace while I go searching.
Also, I’m serious when I say that I’m terrible about organization. So what are some of your favorite apps or programs to help you stay organized? And if you’re doing the One Word, what is yours? Leave a link for me! (And a huge thanks to Melanie at Only A Breath for the lovely art on today’s blog! If you want your own One Word bling, you can request it from her right here!)