February 24, 2016

Life Balance, Simplified

Sex and the City has been playing on my Kindle often lately. It's 25 minutes of pure entertainment and voyeurism into the lives of four New York City women -- so not at all like my own life, yet I keep finding parallels that get me thinking. Which led to an epiphany in my quest for life balance this year.


Even if we live out in the country and no where near the city (let alone single or having crazy sex in said city), we somehow relate to Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. Why? Because we're all like those four women at heart. There's our creative, stylish side, our ladylike, well-mannered side, our sexy, daring side and our professional, career-minded side. Those women are us. And like those women, we're all searching for something in our lives. Some of us are at that point of seeking out the awesome career. The perfect relationship for us. The child we want badly. The job we love and kick butt at. The fun night that is all about us.


Where we are in our lives changes the search and ourselves. We go from the career and marriage to having kids that become our worlds. Our search becomes one for balance between being mom and wife and our jobs (whether it be in an office, working from home or working in the home). We struggle to find ourselves in the ultimate search of who we are in that messy unbalanced life. Our lives are crazy and messy, always changing. Whenever balance is almost in our grasp, something else shows up as easily as Big in his sleek town car to change our lives again. We're in constant struggle to find the perfect balance between life and ourselves. Yet, life is never as neat and orderly as Charlotte's well-appointed apartment.


So what's that mean for us? Are we going to always been searching for that balance, chasing our tails, just to never find it? I don't think so. It means that we need to find balance in the moment of our lives we're experiencing now. Sometimes, we'll need to focus on our creative side, other times our careers or relationships.

At the center is ourselves, though. We need to be sure we don't get shoved to the side or lose who we are or we'll always be out of balance in our lives because ourselves will hanging on desperately to the merry-go-round rather than operating the controls.



And when life throws us a man in a town car just as our current life is going great? We need to be flexibly agile to keep our metaphorical high-heeled Louboutin's from sticking into the sidewalk grate and tripping us up. All we can do is stay up on those heels, find the balance that's best in moment of our lives, and keep walking. A glass of wine every now and then doesn't hurt, either.

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19 comments:

  1. Finding balance is not easy, but I think we all have our own ways to make it happen.

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  2. Simplifying life's balances would be great. Thanks so much for your insight.

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  3. thank you for such a great blog post!

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  4. I just had a conversation with my friends about how every woman is at least one of the gals from sex and the city. I find that I'm a combo (Carrie and Samantha)

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  5. I have always loved Sex and the City because I always found a little bit of myself in them. Love your post! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. Dare I admit that I have never watched a single episode in sex in the city although it sounds right up my street

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  7. I have never watched Sex in The City before. Yes we need to strive to find balance

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  8. Balance is key in every area of life - that is my story and I am sticking to it.

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  9. Elizabeth O.2/25/2016 1:39 AM

    It's tough. Being a mom, working, taking care of yourself. There's never enough time for anything. And if you miss one chore it will haunt you on the next day! Balance is really important. And although it takes a bit of time for us to achieve it, it's always worth it!

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  10. what a great read and an eye opener. Balance and compromise go hand on hand.

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  11. I've never watch this show properly so i don't know much about it but i totally agree on the necessity of balanced life that's the way we are going to achieve true happines

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  12. Great blog post! The older I get the more I realize that balance is the key to a happy and healthy life.

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  13. To much things to do and no time for yourself. Finding balance is not easy but we must! Otherwise it can drive you crazy!

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  14. Balance is the key to just about every area of our lives. Without it, we cannot truly be happy

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  15. Balance is always a struggle, but so important to find!

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  16. Ughhh I'm struggling with balance lately! I always feel some area in my life is getting ignored.

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  17. Since becoming a wife and mom, I have been intentional about finding balance and time for myself. It's hard, but much needed.

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  18. I never really got into Sex and the City much, but I can completey identify with your analogy as well.

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  19. Balance is really hard for me, especially as a mom, but its something I work on daily!

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