Work-life balance, my former arch nemesis, decided to throw a pop quiz at me this week.
Not only am I still finding my footing in a new job, but my son and his girlfriend came to visit.
And so did a colleague from work.
I couldn’t help but visualizef the universe kicking back with a big ol’ bowl of popcorn and enjoying the show as I scrambled to make everything fit.
Initially I felt like I had it all together. In fact, the day after the kids’ arrival I put in a full day of work AND made it out to a Barre class, followed by a 40 minute run.
I was all, “I got this!”
Isn’t it funny how we always feel that way right before the walls start closing in on us?
And sure enough…
I was determined not to fall into old habits and, most importantly, not to allow toxic stress to enter my psyche.
This meant staying present and conscious in every moment. It meant being aware of each choice I made. It meant holding myself accountable to me, and not just to others, as had been my previous modus operendi.
So even when the universe put me, quite literally, between a rock and a hard place, I was able to smile, breathe and experience gratitude for how far I’ve come.
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln