|I have tons of this same photo but this view of the reservoir at night never gets old|
Let's start with the obvious: this fall has been insane for me. There were lots of races on the schedule plus I had family events going on. I mean, I traveled 3 of the 4 weekends in October. Seriously, 3 out of 4! I felt like I was never home (which really, I wasn't) and am now completely drained. A busy couple of months at work didn't help either.
With being gone so many weekends, my weeks became packed. I was still running (trust me if I didn't run, mentally I would have been worse) and trying to get everything else done - seeing friends, laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc. It was go go go until I went to bed.
Clearly I have trouble with balancing everything I want to do with what I should to do to stay sane. I think most of my problem comes from not looking at a calendar when I agree to things. I say yes (and outside of checking to make sure nothing else is scheduled that day), I am committed. Then, when I finally actually look at a calendar, I realize it's back to back weekends or 3 out of 4 weekends a month.
I also have trouble saying no to things. I want to do everything and travel and see my friends and or course, don't forget about work. I don't know why I have trouble saying no. It's not that I have FOMO (fear of missing out) because I absolutely love staying home and being a homebody. And trust me, I have been known to do it on more then 1 occasion. I think it's just that I want to do everything. Why do I think I can do that without it catching up to me? Do I think I am Superwoman?
I am now done with all travel (except for heading home at Christmas) until the Disney Half in January. I am looking forward to a month of being low key and recharging the batteries. The holidays can be packed with parties and seeing friends, but I am really going to try and make sure I don't over commit myself.
As the end year approaches and it's time to start finalizing a race calendar for next year (I want to get another 5 states done, plus I have runDisney races scheduled), I am really trying to look at my calendar holistically. Make sure I look at the other races and travel I have planned before committing to anything. I also want to make sure I don't travel more then 2 weekends a month. It might not be possible every month, but that is going to be my goal. Of course, less then 2 weekends is even better!
I know it's not New Year's yet, but that is going to be something I work on in 2015. I have to say, I already feel better getting it off my chest and sharing with all of you. It feels better just putting it out there and acknowledging what I need to work on.
With all that said, how to you find balance in your life? I am open to any tips or ideas you have!