A little work-life balance

Tricky tricky...

Now that I’ve started my new job in Salem and am subsequently spending around 2.5 hours a day driving there and back, I am trying to remember the importance of work-life balance.

This past summer, I worked 70 days straight. I do not recommend doing that. I was miserable. I know people who have worked more, and harder than myself, but I also know that I do not find happiness in working all the time. I find happiness in friends, adventures, learning, family, exercising, and yes, some work. But how does one balance all of the above?

Well, that’s what I am trying to figure out! But I’ll tell you what I’ve learned so far.

Exercise: I’m still attempting to figuring out a schedule for this one. I think that if I can make it to yoga and run twice during the week, and then run once on the weekend, I’ll be doing okay. This is hard to do though. Because I get back in to Portland after the sun has set, I cannot run in the evenings. I’ve been trying to run in Salem before I drive home. I will see how that continues to pan out.

Friends: I am only running two evenings a week, which leaves three evenings for my wonderful friends! However, with my new schedule I’ll be missing most happy hours. 😦

Family: Still working this out. I haven’t had dinner with them since I started my job. (It’s only been a week).

Please note the bulldog!

Goals: Okay. So here is a weird trick I have. I save my money better when I have a specific goal or prize in mind – even if I don’t end up following through! Currently I’m telling myself I’m saving for a trip to Rio de Janeiro or a mini cooper.

Which would you spend your hard earned cash on?

And if you have any advice on how you balance your busy life, please fill me in! I’m new! πŸ™‚


2 thoughts on “A little work-life balance

  1. You will totally get the hang of things after a few weeks of working! I find that the easiest way for me to juggle all the activities is by planning my week’s schedule ahead of time. It doesn’t always stay the same, but at least I make a noble attempt πŸ™‚ best of luck! My vote is on the car – but only if comes with the bulldog.

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