I don’t always get this right; the work life balance.
I like to do my best and do it well, which sometimes means I end up working long hours.
But when I get a chance, I make sure I get the life balance part in.
Like right now, on my 10 day break from work.
I found myself without family this Christmas for the first time in my life, and I have to admit I struggled with the idea. Knowing I would be in a bad mood I turned down invites from well-meaning friends, and decided instead to book myself into a small cabin up the coast for the 3 days around Christmas time.
Right up until the day I was due to leave I had doubts. Was I doing the right thing? Should I stay and celebrate with friends I loved?
But I hit the road and it was the best thing I could have done. I had 3 days of pure bliss; total me time and total relaxation. My cabin was in a quiet coastal town within walking distance to a lake. You can see the photos here
As soon as I arrived, I could feel myself relax, and I fell in love with the peace and quiet; the sound of nature; the sweet smell of green bush and trees along the lake; the bird life and the smooth shimmering water.
I found my life balance, and can highly recommend time alone. It may not be for everyone, but as an introvert I need it to recharge properly.
Coming back to the city has been a shock, but I am making the most of it. I live in a lovely area near the beach, and it is easy to continue the holiday balanced living when on a break.
This morning I headed for the beach, and after a long walk I hopped into the ocean for a refreshing swim followed by an extra strong late at the beach cafe. I love watching people; imagining stories about them; finding new plots for future stories. Doing it on a hot summer’s day with the sound of the waves makes it so much more enjoyable.
By the time I got home I had worked up an appetite, and prepared myself some brunch to enjoy on the porch with my current read ‘The Obsession” by Nora Roberts.
Brunch was a delicious meal of:
Organic sourdough toast
Vegemite, a spread us Aussies love, but most of the rest of the world hate
Truss tomato sliced
Baby spinach leaves
Plus another coffee, of course.
Best part is I have another 3 days off before work calls me back.
Right now the Work Life balance is tipping towards life.
I hope yours is too.
See you soon. I am off to the beach again this afternoon with a friend for some reading and no doubt girly chatting 🙂