Discovering balance and harmony is very much a journey for me. I wanted to remind myself where the journey has taken me so far, but also to motivate me to keep going. So at the end of each month, I’ll be reviewing what I’ve learnt, key successes and plans for the following month.
July has been a really positive month in all. I discovered the world of blogging, my back injury seems to be getting better and it’s the summer holidays so things are a little more relaxed in general. I’m just glad that I don’t have to do the school run or iron school uniforms for a while!
So what did July bring…
Blogging and work-life balance – I started this blog on 1st July. Initially, this was intended to be a hobby and something that I could do for me. If I’m honest, it was intended to be fairly cathartic and a way for me to focus on taking steps to live a healthier, more balanced life. I hadn’t anticipated the benefits that blogging would bring in helping with my own work-life balance (you can read more about that in my previous post ‘Why blogging helps with my own work-life balance).
Finding a passion – I love writing but I soon discovered that blogging is so much more than that. Over the last month I’ve connected with some fantastic bloggers and learnt that there’s a real sense of community within the blogging world. I’ve received some lovely messages and comments from readers who tell me that they have enjoyed my posts and this really has spurred me on to keep blogging and to continue on this journey. Blogging soon turned from a hobby to something I’m really passionate about.
New skills – Before I started blogging, I’d never touched Twitter and had no idea what a linky was. I now find myself using Twitter on a daily basis (I think I may be a little obsessed with it to be honest!) and have taken part in a few blogging link-ups. I still need to master Pinterest and haven’t focused as much as I should on Facebook but I’ll get there.
Health – I had a bit of a rocky start to July when an old back injury came to haunt me. But over the last few weeks, I’ve slowly been getting better and have started doing some gentle exercise again. In a past post, ‘Why I NEED exercise’, I talked about the impact that not exercising was having on me. Not only was I feeling more sluggish but I realised that exercise helps my mental wellbeing too. I can’t wait to get back to some proper exercise again!
Harmony – The start of July was pretty hectic with the children’s birthdays, end of term activities (loads of them!) and trying to sort out childcare and plans for the summer holidays. In the midst of this, we were having a really busy time at work. That, mixed with no exercise, really tested my ability to stay calm and harmonious. Thankfully, the summer holidays came just in the nick of time as my pressure levels were reaching melting point and we could enjoy a bit of calm. Well, until I realised that squabbling and bickering between my 4 and 6 year olds would be a regular occurence in the first couple of weeks of the summer holidays. That has improved a bit now thankfully. I think they just needed to get used to spending time together again.
Work-life balance – This is one area that went quite smoothly in July. Despite being very busy at work and planning for an equally busy August, I’ve managed to balance work and family life without too much stress. I think this has been helped by not having the school run – normally the most stressful part of the day (find out why in ‘Morning harmony (or lack of!)’) and also taking a week off work to spend some time with the children. August will be interesting as I try to juggle research, travelling and childcare but I’m trying not to worry too much about that at the moment.
All in all, July has been a good month. I’m looking forward to August too. We have a couple of family holidays planned and I’m going to focus on my fitness and start exercising again. I’m also meeting with a Health and Lifestyle Coach this week so looking forward to getting some tips from her too.
My journey to find health, balance and harmony has taken some great steps forward in July. More importantly, I’ve been reminded why I’m on this journey and I’m more determined than ever to continue with it. I hope you’ll join me along the way!