Thursday, June 20, 2013

Balance

I'm an 'all-or-nothing' type of gal.
Always have been....most likely always will be.
In some cases, it serves me well.
I can be seriously productive when I need to.



But mostly, it just leads to burn-out.
So my biggest personal challenge is balance (and focus, but that's a whole other post).
Trying to fit everything into my life in a meaningful way,
 while not spreading myself so thin that I'm completely frazzled, is a constant struggle.



Has anyone written a tutorial for this?  That would be handy!



A few months ago I truly found myself with one too many things on my plate.

Nothing urgent.
All perfectly normal and things I was happy to do.

Nothing 'over-the-top' stressful.
Nothing I could actually point to and say, 
"that's it!  That's the thing that has to go"


Just.....stuff.

Baseball, football, umpires, holidays, classrooms, homework, cookies, parties.....
stuff.



And then.....this happened.




Not a tornado, not an entire house full of water, but enough.



I'm also a big believer in 'Everything Happens For A Reason'.

And I love that analogy of God first throwing a pebble, 

then a rock, 

then a brick.



In the interest of not having a brick wall fall down around my family's lives
 in order for me to get the point that I needed to take a step back,
 I took a break.



Okay, fine.

The contractors who fixed my house forced me to take a break 
by wrapping my entire kitchen in saran wrap.


But still....point taken.


So in true 'all-or-nothing' Lizy B style, I switched to 'nothing'.

No Facebook.
No blogging.
No Google+.
No baking.
(well, a little)

Nothing.


And then.....

 I stripped the wallpaper out of the bathroom.
Ripped out the bathroom cabinet and all the fixtures.
Painted a moroccan tile stencil on the walls.
Had the floors in the house replaced.
Purged the house of a whole bunch of c***.
Went to a fabulous wedding.
Went to Vegas with Sisters-in-law and BFF's.
Planned team parties for the kids.
Made portrait collages for coaches gifts.
Watched my oldest become a middle-schooler.
Dunked my umpire husband in a dunk tank.
Planned a summer vacation.


Yeah, I know.
I stink at relaxing.


Although I did the couch potato thing too!

I became a master at Candy Crush, Bubble Mania AND Dragon Story!
I'm all caught up on the Housewives and their nastiness!
I got all teary when Candace won American Idol.

But now, I'm back,
and I'm going to try to maintain a little balance.

I'll try to blog twice a week.
I'll keep up with the social media...but also try not to get too entangled.

If I disappear for a bit over the summer, I haven't gone anywhere.
I'm at the pool with the munchkins, or watching the sunset with my honey.

I'll always be back!

Big Kiss!
Thanks for still being here!!!

(bring on the cookies!)


Thanks for stopping by! Lizy B
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12 comments:

  1. Amen! We all could use a tutorial on balance!

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  2. I could kiss ya, Lizy B! Much love! Here's to balance! Xoxoxo!

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  3. You have been missed by many! Glad to have you back!

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  4. Glad to "see you"! You've been missed. I have the same "problem" sometimes. I feel badly just because my blog has been silent for over two weeks!?!

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  5. Maria from DoralJune 21, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Whew, your life is busy even when you try to take a breath from things. Missed you when your blog was gone, but now I know why. You're a Duracell lady. Nice to have you back!

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  6. I think we all could use lessons in balance! I am glad you are back and here to stay. I never doubted for a minute that you would leave us all alone! Hugs and Kudos on becoming a master at Candy Crush, Bubble Mania & Dragon Story ;)

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  7. Missed your blog!! What did you use for your moroccan tile stencil??

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  8. Totally understand all you're saying. Everything is such a RUSH these days! Days go by and I feel like one step forward and two steps back! Glad you were able to take some time away - also glad you're back!

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  9. I have missed you. I am so sorry you had to go through all of this. I send hugs your way!!!

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