First things first, I will apologise for the time that has passed without writing. I had struck a deal with myself when I first began this blog that, if I was going to begin this venture, I needed to see it through with consistency. (Unlike many other projects that had been started and not completed in my lifetime.)
As of late, I have been struggling with finding balance. There just didn’t seem to be enough time to stretch over everything that needed to be done. And not that I’m complaining, far from it, for the added task I’ve taken on over these last few months has been a fun one: I’m planning the trip of my life. So it certainly hasn’t been for negative reasons that I have been so busy, it is just that this has required a lot of research. (I’ll get into more about my trip another time.)
Where I have been disappointed in myself is in the lack of balance with it all. It has been all of one thing and none of the other in whatever task I was handling. Instead of doing a little of all that needed to be done in order to stay on top of things, I was spending days focused on my planning and research. I wasn’t eating or sleeping properly, or cleaning my house. Then I’d spend a few days trying to catch up with housework and meal prep and trying to get back on track. Then I’d feel bad for neglecting my family and friends or kitten and spend time with them and not get anything else done. I sat down several times to write this very blog about needing balance but there always seemed to be something more pressing that needed my attention. I was driving myself insane and feeling burnt out, to the point I wanted to do nothing but veg out in front of the television. And that is certainly not productive! So no more avoidance. Time can be made for everything that needs to be done, and balance is the key. Chipping away at any mountain steadily can be a lot more effective than running at it full force and then giving up because it seems insurmountable.
So, getting that off my chest, I hope to write again soon. You all can keep me accountable, and maybe this can even be a reminder to someone else that life can’t be fully lived when focused on one track. It is too multi-faceted for that and must include all parts, even the boring things like folding laundry, to keep your ship even-keeled.