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One Little Word……Balance

It's been pretty quiet around here lately.  Another blog I follow has been quiet lately, and she wrote that she had lost her voice.  Of course not literally but more figuratively speaking.  I don't think I've necessarily lost my voice, but I have moved my voice onto other things.

The last month I've been spending a lot of time with my family and really reflecting on what I want this new year to mean for me.  I thought hard about what One Little Word I wanted to use to represent my focus for 2014.

What I realized is that I need a lot more balance in my life.  The funny thing is that I've noticed a lot of other bloggers have also picked this word.  It seems that many of us are all looking for the same thing.

Finding balance means I need to focus more on these precious children that I am responsible for raising.  I need to focus more on enjoying moments like this and taking a break from the rush of life.

Balance means I need to enjoy life more.  I look at my Great Dane and think I could really use to learn a few lessons from her.  A roll in the sand and an orange ball makes her incredibly happy.  Sometimes it's not about the big things but just the little ones that can bring us peace and happiness.

Finally, balance means I need to treat my body better.  Over Christmas break, I hiked this and it felt amazing!  It was one heck of a climb (like a bajillion steps) but so worth it when I reached the top.  The last year I haven't treated my body that well.  Not enough sleep or exercise and way too much junk.  It's time to treat me better!

And I need to find balance with blogging, creating things, and teaching.  I love doing all of these I really do.  But these things shouldn't come before my family and taking care of myself. 

My 18-year-old daughter came from college to visit over Christmas break.  That was such a reminder that time does go by quickly.  It seems like just the other day that she was a baby and now she's off to college.  

So while I haven't lost my voice here on this blog, I'm not sure how my voice will be changing.  I do know it's time to take some pressure off myself.  I'm not sure what direction this blog will take during the next year, but there may be a shift in the direction.

What's your focus for this year?


  1. I need to find balance too! I'm scared for when I get older, get married, and have kids that I'll neglect one more than the other. I told the boy that good thing we're apart right now, so when he does end up moving, I won't be as much of a workaholic since mostly everything will be implemented in my classroom! Hopefully by then I'll also be tenure :D I give a lot of parents props who juggle both :)

  2. I commend you for acknowledging your need for balance. As a mom of four, I can relate because sometimes the things I absolutely love (pinning & creating) keeps me from the little joys. I pray that we'll find the balance, it'll come! Enjoy your New Year! Thank you for your blog!

  3. Finding more balance is my focus too- it's like you took the words right out of my mouth! I'm thinking about using my calendar to help by planning out each week and actually scheduling family and personal time. I want to have a PLAN otherwise the best of intentions go down the drain!
    Happy New Year!!!!

  4. So true! Happy new year! Balance is something everyone can work and sounds like you are doing a great job :)

    - Sasha
    The Autism Helper