Balance. Up until the last couple of years it was a simple, benign word that as of late seems to have become quite the hot topic. There is a school of people that believe to try to invoke balance is an unattainable attempt at having it all; that it's impossible. They're quite vocal, too! I don't subscribe to that school of thought, though. Not for one minute. There are moments when my life has felt very balanced and others where the scale has felt precisely positioned to one particular side while the other hung loftily in the air. It's always been about moving the pieces, trial and error, and making the choices that seem to set everything in their right prioritized places. After all, balance is personal right? When Aveeno asked if I would be interested in trying their new Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner and sharing what balance meant to me, I was intrigued. The product boasts that it helps to rebalance hair-- lifting oil and impurities without overstripping hair of moisture. It sounds too good to be true, but yet it seems to do just exactly that! Plus, I love the scent, which is something that I give huge priority to when choosing products. So what does balance look like for me right now?
Achieving balance has looked different throughout the changing stages of my life, especially after becoming a mom. Right now one of the best ways for me to achieve balance in my days is to set my alarm and wake up on purpose before Parker wakes up. It's a cup of coffee, sipped at a leisurely pace and time to put on make up and get dressed with intention, enjoying the quiet of the morning as the only one yet stirring in our home. (Aaron is usually out the door to the gym much earlier.) It's my guarantee that no matter how many directions I get pulled in throughout the day, this thirty minutes in the morning is mine all mine.
Balance isn't always equal time and priority to all the pieces of our life, I believe it's intentionally allowing certain parts of our life to be bigger than others because of their priority. My twenties were all about finding a career that I was passionate about and building that momentum there. My average work week accounted for about 60 hours, which may sound unbalanced to some, but it helped me achieve my goal of a career I love and now let's me prioritize something else: my family.
I'm curious, what does balance look like at this stage of YOUR life?
Photography by Amanda Gallant
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