At the beginning of this year, I chose the word “balance” to be my theme. I wanted to always strive to find the balance in life. Recently, it’s been all about balancing structure and Release.
Structure is there for my sanity and productivity. I have learned I am not the Type-A woman I admire. I have struggled with keeping dishes washed and laundry folded, floors swept and gardens weeded. Because of this never-ending struggle (it seems), I have prayed and asked God to teach me how I can do better. I’ve shared some of my lessons here when I started the blog. Creating routines for my day was the first step. Then, in January I entered the world of bullet-journaling, and my little existence has not been the same since. With my simple little notebook and pen, I can create structure for any area of my life. Menu? Check. To-do list? Check. Wardrobe planning? Check. Goal setting? Check. All my structure-creating is great, and I feel like it has helped me grow so much, but there’s also another side to the scale.
Release is the element of life that says you can’t plan for everything and some things are more important than plans. Even though I am naturally a more laid back person, I have to be intentional with this, too. I’ve made a variety of resolutions ranging from walking daily to crocheting every evening to taking time to play outside with my toddler. Learning when to release myself from those resolutions is another facet of living intentionally.
That’s why I decided to release myself from my beloved journal and oh-so-structured habit-tracker for a time. My “BuJo” is there if I need it, but I’m trying to fly solo this week without a piece of paper telling me what to do. It’s just a little reset, and I’m taking the time to analyze what things are really important.
I’m also thinking about this blog, how important it is to me, and how I can find the time to write. I may start making time to write some posts, but they may or may not be polished with illustrative and interesting images.
I’m excited to see where my reset takes me, and I’m happy to go back to more structure again soon.
What things have you been learning to release? Structure? Expectations? Fears? What tips do you have on living a more balanced life?