Random Five July Friday – Work/Life balance, Summer reads, Gladiators and a year’s worth of Lessons

It’s Friday ~Here are my randomly thought-out thoughts as we head into the holiday weekend~

1 Work / Life Balance — I don’t know about you but I laugh every time I hear that phrase. What a joke -Like the words “quality time,” there’s no balance, never has been. Work is crazy, busy, demanding, and all-consuming. Life gets squeezed in here & there ~ but the balance thing? ha ha ha – Thank God for coffee πŸ™‚

2 Summer reading has me transported back to my childhood ~ at night, when all calls/webinars/demands have ended, I sink into my coziest chair and read in the golden hour ~ the last bit of sunlight streaming across the pages of my book, the TV off, the house quiet. Sometimes I stay up late reading but often I barely make it to 9:30 before my eyes are heavy and tired. My one true indulgence, that I savor daily, is reading for pleasure. Ahh … summer.

3 Lifestyle choices are giving me LIFE– Yes Life continues to loft challenges my way, but my ability to “deal” with them has increased so much~ I’m so much calmer and at peace with myself. Intermittent Fasting (IF) has given me incredible focus, stamina and clarity but much of my lessened anxiety I can attribute to having left alcohol in 2019 ~ It never solved anything, in fact it often made things worse b/c it ramped up anxiety and negativity ~ Now that it is no longer in the picture I traded in angst for peace & self-confidence. BAM! The image below personifies how I feel walking confidently towards my future knowing I can handle what life brings me! She is EXACTLY how I feel ~ INVINCIBLE!

4 My daily walks continue, with affection ~ what began as a break from work morphed into a return to joy – I love being outside, hearing birds, feeling the wind on my face, and saying “Hello” to all my furry friends along the way. I know all of them, the owners not as much ;). Here’s our neighborhood kitty, expert mouser, birder and catcher of all small pests ~ she comes when I call her, stays for a pet, refuses food and hunts, hunts, hunts!

Miss Kitty

5 Pandemic Lessons – If this past year taught us anything it’s this – Stop Waiting to Start Living. Tomorrow is promised to no one.

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  • So — how do you feel about phrases like “work/life balance” or “quality time?”
  • What’s saving your bacon these days?
  • Got a summer reading list to share?

Happy Independence Day!

Nature’s Firecracker ~ photo taken on one of my walks πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “Random Five July Friday – Work/Life balance, Summer reads, Gladiators and a year’s worth of Lessons

  1. First off, I love how you put it…feeling confident (wonder womanish) You know what’s funny, I have always perceived you that way, even before..so there’s that πŸ™‚ Regarding the balanced life. Just speaking for myself, this is hands down the most “balanced” year I have experienced to date. Kids are out of the nest, so my balancing has to do more w/ construction work and the multiple balls I have up in the air here @ home. Wife and I have fallen into a nice routine when I’m around. started watching a series by Hillsdale college (from your home state) this series is called The great American Story. I think you would personally enjoy it, knowing your story of coming here intentionally. I’ve also had time to putter in the kitchen making sourdough rye bread..so you know there has to be a little margin in my life to be able to pull that off. πŸ™‚

    Regarding what’s “saving my bacon”?… I’m surrounded by a few great relationships that keep me grounded, cutting back even more on my media intake. feeling physically fit, and continuing to enjoy my chosen vocation. Thank you for asking! You’re always good @ that. Appreciated hearing your updates too. DM

    • What a kind comment, thank you, DM! I think I have always been pretty confident, but the focus and clarity from IF + and AF life have given me so much. I feel more centered, even with gobs of stress, I am handling it well ~ I think what I’ve learned is that the balance has to come from me, and is less about the tasks or the jobs at hand.

      I love your “margins” reference and yes, you definitely must have some margin in your life to be able to putter around and do the things you enjoy. Like watching your series (Hillsdale College is terrific, have seen some of their work), or enjoying the nice/cozy routine you have with the wife ~ I love that you have a few great relationships to keep you grounded, too. That’s also something I realized from the pandemic – I just didn’t miss too many people πŸ™‚ As long as I can see our kids / grands and be with hubbs, don’t need much more. I am glad you are feeling well/fit and enjoying your chosen vocation ~ I feel the same. Very grateful that I enjoy the work I do, as chaotic as it can be, and that I have the energy/stamina/fortitude to do it and then some !

      Thank you for weighing in with your thoughtful comments, I always appreciate hearing your thoughts. Have a great Independence Day! ~ MJ

  2. I’m retired so I do what I want. Took a while to learn the art of “no” but I did it.

    • Yes ma’am ~~ someday, when I retire, I aim to do whatever I want, too ~~ and I have learned the art of “no” and “no thanks” – Great to hear from you, Kate. ~ MJ

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