Live a More Balanced Life in 1 Month

Posted in Balanced Lifestyle | July 27, 2011 |

Do you want to live a more balanced life? Do you want to be happy in life? Do you want to feel accomplished every day and actually go to bed with the desire to wake up as soon as possible and start another awesome day?

If you answered “yes” then I want to invite you to join my FREE Live a More Balanced Life Challenge. For a month we will explore very practical ways to make our lives more balanced and happier.

What is Live a More Balanced Life Challenge?

The other day I was cleaning my inbox and came across all of the emails that I got from the readers of BalanceInMe. A lot of people thanked me for the inspiration to transform their lives that they got from BalanceInMe. At the same time I had a lot of emails with questions on how to bring more balance into life and where to start. All of those emails made me think about creating a challenge that will make all of us discover our personal meaning of life balance and actually start making practical steps to achieve it.

For the next month I invite you to transform your life for the better. During this month you will:

  • Discover your personal meaning of life balance
  • Find practical ways to achieve that balance
  • Discover actual steps to be happier on a daily basis
  • Find motivation to stick with your life goals
  • Make your life and goals a priority without sacrificing other areas of your life (family, work etc.)

How can I join?

Live a More Balanced Life Challenge is free to all readers of BalanceInMe. Please just leave a comment saying a few things about yourself and why it is difficult for you to maintain your life balance.

This challenge will be exciting, fun and much more effective if we all take it together. Community support is the best motivation for all of us. I will also always be there to answer any of your questions and help you bring more balance into your life.

What do I need to participate?

The easiest way to keep up with the Live a More Balanced Life Challenge is to subscribe to my newsletter (if you are not yet subscribed.) If you are on facebook then “like” BalanceInMe there to keep up with the conversation and motivating tips.

You will benefit the most from this challenge if you document all your tasks and track your progress. Create a folder on your computer where you will store all your personal self discovery materials or start a notebook.

Don’t worry about time. I will publish only one or two articles a week so you will have plenty of time to read them and do the exercises.

Spread the word

Share the Live a More Balanced Life Challenge with your friends, family or colleagues. You can mention it on twitter, facebook or email your friends the link to this article. The more people will join the challenge the more exciting our journey will be.

Please use hashtag #LMBLC (Live a More Balanced Life Challenge) on Twitter – that way we can keep up with the conversations and see how all of us are doing.

Are you ready to bring more balance into your life?

Let’s start by getting to know each other. You can read everything about me on the About page. Now I want to know who you are.

Your “homework” for today:

  • Spread the word about the challenge on Twitter, facebook or in any other way (use hashtage #LMBLC for Twitter)
  • Like BalanceInMe on Facebook
  • Tell us a few words about yourself and why it is difficult for you to keep balance in your life in the comments below

Let’s keep it balanced together!

Photo credit: Bemep

Smart Thoughts (115)

  1. Sam says:

    This is a great idea! I find it difficult to maintain balance because my boyfriend and I own a business together so it seems to consume our life even outside of normal “work hours.” It’s definitely a great thing, us working together and having the flexibility of owning our own business, but it does create some balance issues!

    • Anastasiya says:

      Hi Sam,
      I am glad you decided to join the challenge.
      I can completely understand the difficulties of balance when you own a business with your boyfriend. My husband and I work together (we have Internet-based business) and of course this lifestyle has its huge benefits and certain drawbacks.
      Probably the most difficult part is finding some time that you can spend away from each other. No matter how much you love each other it is still important to have some personal space and time. I hope you do that already.
      One rule that we have in our house is not talking about business during our date nights, during our family days or simply after 8 p.m. It helps to create a line between work and leisure.
      Welcome to the Life Balance Challenge!

  2. Teresa says:

    I have no real excuse for not living a balanced life. I know the cause of not living it – I WASTE TIME!!! I PROCRASTINATE!!! Sometimes I do ANYTHING except what I need to be doing. I know what to do but most of the time just don’t do it. What kind of person does that make me? I think I’m too rebellious for my own good. I’m willing to change though. Glad you came along Anastasyia. Looking forward to making the most of this challenge.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I have been struggling to find balance for most of my adult life. I am closer now than ever before, but still working on it. I am intrigued by a 30 day intensive. Right now I am fighting cancer with my furry best friend, and that is taking a lot of time and energy, while at the same time it seems like the perfect time to get introspective. Thank you for this opportunity.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Rebecca, I am very sorry about your furry friend … I hope he (or she, I am not sure) will get better or at least live his/her last days in peace and with minimal pain. When I was a child my dog that I loved a lot died of cancer. It was a difficult time for the entire family.
      I know that everybody is busy these days so I won’t overstuff this month with materials. I’ll post only the most useful tips twice a week so that everyone has plenty of time to incorporate the advice into their lives.

  4. Marilyn says:

    I love variety in my life and have many interests. That is a problem for me in that I tend to overcommit and become exhausted and then I start to procrastinate and never complete anything.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Hi Marilyn, I can totally relate to you. Every few months I have to look at my schedule and eliminate activities and hobbies that just overstuff my days. It’s always difficult to give up something when you are a creative person :-)

  5. Sarah says:

    What a great idea. It sounds a little too good to be true, but I am in! My husband tells me I constantly over commit myself and then don’t have enough time to do what I’m passionate about. But I feel like I do so many things in order to figure out what I’m passionate about. I know that I let people’s views of me dictate what I do, and I’ve been doing that for so long that I have lost track of what is important to me. I would love to find some sort of balance in all the craziness! Thank you so much!

    • Anastasiya says:

      Sarah, I think it’s female nature to overcommit and then try to find balance in all this “craziness” :-) We’ll do our best to find some sort of balance this month.

  6. Deborah says:

    this sounds wonderful. thanks!

  7. jeri says:

    The timing of the More Ballanced Life Challenge is nothing short of divine for me. After nearly 14 years as a stay-at-home mom, I am hoping to go back to work (as a teacher) this fall. With 4 children, finding time to exist as anything other than “mom” is a constant struggle. I can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much for offering this opportunity.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Jeri, you will definitely need a lot of balance now :-) But I am sure you are looking forward to teaching this fall because it will be a nice break from being a full-time mommy. I know it will be tough at first but you will enjoy this change in your life. And I will be here to help you balance it all :-)

  8. Sara says:

    Greetings, Anastasiya, and thanks for the invitation,

    I struggle with moderation; everything seems to be all or nothing with me, despite my best efforts. I’m either exercising four hours a day or I’m a couch potato. I’m either vigilant about the nutritional of every single morsel of food I consume or I don’t seem to care at all.

    I also work all the time. I own a small business that constitutes a full-time job, and I also have two other jobs. Despite being exhausted, I have difficulty sleeping.

    You get the picture. :-)

    I’m looking forward to your challenge!

    • Anastasiya says:

      Hi Sara!
      I’m not a business-owner myself but I have a lot of close friends who are. I know that your business is like your child that have to be constantly around. It’s really difficult to separate your non-business life from your work. It’s possible though and I hope that after this month you will have more balance in your life.

  9. Carriann says:

    I have it all and usually do a good job of trying to juggle everything. But lately I have been struggling with an adult child going through a tough divorce, a daughter getting married, a job change, visitors from abroad for a month, Baseball season for my younger kids and all of the normal things that life throws at you. So I am feeling very out of balance. I spent all last weekend in reflection and resolved to work on meditation. So this is like a plum that just landed in my lap.

    Thank you.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Carriann, meditation will definitely help you to quiet your mind and find a little more inner peace. I’ m glad you’ve decided to join this challenge!

  10. Anastaysia, I’m looking forward to giving up the Falling Downs and getting more inner muscle to keep me afloat! As a person with Mucliple Sclerosis, I think that my “norm” is to be off balance and I know that when I’m out of sorts in my head/life, it effects my whole being! Bring It On!!! ~Denise

  11. Maricel says:

    Balance in ME is something I have been trying to achieve. As a perfectionist with a low self esteem and a whole lotta baggage I just can’t seem to let go, finding balance is my mission impossible – I’m always lopsided. I look forward to this challenge as I have been wanting to live a happy life for as long as I can remember. I’m hoping to make the most of this challenge. Thank you.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Maricel, happiness is always just one step away from us. If you know the right direction to go then you will find your balance and happiness as well. I’m very excited about you participating in this challenge :-)

  12. zacole says:

    I could copy Marilyn or Sarahs post. I am also passionate about so many things and overextend myself. I am going to college full time. I have 3 children, one a toddler and 2 in extracurricular activities. I am PTA president at my childrens school. My husband is active duty military and about to deploy. But when I am not crazy busy I procrastinate and then beat myself up for not doing anything “productive.” I wonder why the hectic pace is seen as a badge of honor?

    • Anastasiya says:

      Zacole, you have a lot on your shoulders. When we have kids it’s really difficult to balance their needs with ours (and I don’t even mention spending time with your husband, working or studying in your case!) I hope with a little bit of balance training your life will become less hectic and more peaceful.

  13. Bill says:


    My greatest impediment to having a balanced life has been my demanding work schedule. Work generally comprises 70 to 80 hours a week, and with all life’s other little chores, I find I have little time remaining for personal persuits.
    Looking forward to the challenge. I’m ready for a change.

    Thanks for undertaking this!


  14. Judith says:

    I’m very excited to take part of Balance In Me challenge and live a more balanced life.
    Thank you very much !

  15. heidi says:

    I am currently going through a lot of life changes and I’m finding it very hard to stay balanced and emotionally healthy. I will be changing careers and going back to school, and I know that I need to find balance between work, school, and my personal life. When I get stressed in one area I often ignore another aspect and then I become anxious and start to worry. I need all the help I can get!

    • Anastasiya says:

      Heidi, changing something in life is always a stressful period but the results are often worth the extra stress that you went through.
      I am excited to have you here!

  16. Louise says:

    I’m stuck in a rut, I have all these great ideas and projects half finished but lately I’m becoming more lazy and finding it hard to feel motivated. I’ve started a new job recently which I love and I don’t lack motivation in this area, but my homelife is lacking, I live alone and find it hard to find my “get up and go”. My social life has taken a nose dive and I know virtually no one in my new town. I really need some inspiration so count me in.

  17. Beverley says:

    This is just what I need. I have a very difficult employer, work 6 days a week during our busy season (this year 17 weeks) and find myself procrastinating doing anything in my off-time. Looking for some good tips. Thank you.

  18. Bouchra says:

    Hi Anastasiya,

    I would like to join the Balanced Life Challenge.

  19. Diana says:

    The main reason it’s difficult for me to maintain balance is that I live with chronic daily migraine. The migraine disease itself takes a toll on my moods, as does the depression I also deal with. I’m always looking for ways to treat myself with kindness, make the best of my situation and increase the balance in my life. Living with chronic pain tends to me very isolating, so I love the idea of joining with a group of people who are trying to do the same thing in the virtual world.

  20. Pat Marsh says:

    This is very timely … ‘balance’in my life is something I have just decided I must give time to reflect on!

    Why do I find it difficult to achieve?

    Probably because I’m trying to fit too much in …

    Also because I am frequently preparing for an event, then working away from home, then playing ‘catch-up’ … so it’s difficult to establish a rhythm.

    But I do want to do it, so I look forward to what you’re going to share.

    Bless you xxx

  21. Tess says:

    Hi all!

    I’m a 26 year old marketing graduate that lives with my boyfriend of several years. My current challenge is that I have been unemployed for several months and finding an opportunity has been difficult (I have no experience an any industries other than the one I’ve been in). Because this seems to way so heavily on me, I feel like it’s thrown the remaining parts of my life askew.

    Additionally, I’m one of those silly people with perfectionist tendencies so I have a difficult time doing things not on my ‘should’ list. Overall, it’s been a tad stressful and I would like to work through some of this and attempt to maintain an optimistic point of view.

    Thanks for reading!

    • Anastasiya says:

      Hi Tess,
      I know how difficult it is to deal with inner perfectionist in you. (I have to “negotiate” with mine all the time.) And of course your job situation doesn’t make your life balance easier right now. It’s definitely a difficult time to find a job (especially for a graduate.)
      I wish you all the best in your job search and we will try to bring more balance in other areas of your life this month.

  22. Tasha says:

    This is just what I’ve been looking for! I recently have realized that I never truly slow down enough to enjoy each and every day. I want to stop living for the weekend. I remember a time when I was more happy than I am today and I want to get back to appreciating the simple things in life.
    I am happily married (just over a year now). We have no children, and no pets. I work a full-time job and enjoy exercising- but that is me in a nut shell. I always feel like I am running at a million miles per minute. Hope this helps! :)

    • Anastasiya says:

      Tasha, congratulations on your marriage! You and your husband must be really enjoying this time as you can focus on each other a lot. It’s a wonderful time!
      Welcome to the Life Balance Challenge!

  23. Yah! I am looking forward to the newest challenge! I love learning new strategies!

  24. Maria says:

    Fantastic idea! I really need to get more balanced, as the deadline for my engineer thesis is getting near, and I have hardly began with it and start panicking. What is more, I’m starting a new job next month and I have completely no idea how to organise my time to deal with the job, the thesis and my peace of mind 😉

    BTW. Do I remember well that you come from Ukraine? Greetings from a polish neighbour then, I’m in love with this country :)

    • Anastasiya says:

      Maria, thank you! I never visited Poland but I always wanted to. I heard it’s very beautiful and the people are wonderful!
      Good luck with you thesis! I remember how stressful that time was for me (I have master’s in shipbuilding engineering :-)) The good thing is that it will be over before you know it.
      I am happy you decided to join the challenge!

  25. Mia says:

    Three small kiddies, a busy husband and a cat… ;o) First step for balance has been to quite my job! And now I have started a couple of side projects… but there are sooo many things I still want to do. Hobbies I want to keep up with… Quality fun time with the kids… Books I want to read… Time with my partner… Exercise I should do… Time with friends….. Well, basically, I just don´t seem to have enough time (or energy) right now! I am definetely up for a 30 day challenge!

  26. Esther says:

    Thank you. This could be great opportunity for me (& others) to bring life into balance. I am retired with a financial need to keep working; health issues that preclude employment & working just now; three close family members dying this summer of various diseases; trying and failing to sell my house – no lawn but huge gardens scare everyone away; my weight is now in the obese range; aqua-fit is only fitness activity that would be suitable just now. Procrastination is my major activity on all fronts. I feel totally overwhelmed.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    I struggle with how to deal with some of the difficult people in my life. They change my focus and drag me down.

  28. maureen says:

    work is hectic at times, not a type work where things can be put off or scheduled for a future time Makes hard to balance personal and work.

  29. kate Massie says:

    My biggest challenge is wanting to enjoy and grow in my family, friends, work and personal life. Balancing these so that I don’t feel out of whack is when I feel great.

  30. Vimala says:

    I find it difficult to stay in balance because I am growing 2 small businesses, dealing with health issues, dealing with emotional pain and trauma of the past. I am a perfectionist. When I am working on something I get obsessed and become a workaholic. At other times (when I have to do some work my heart is not in or something I am afraid of) I procrastinate until the deadline comes too close and then I get toally stressed. I have also connection with God & long for the quiet faith I used to have. Life has been a roller coaster and I have coped well on the outside but inside still feel out of balance. I need to exercise and get my health in order but I keep procrastinating on this. This challenge to get back to balance will be very good for me. Thank you Anastasiya.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Vimala, I hope that during this month you will find more balance in your life. We will focus on inner balance for the next 5 weeks and try to tackle the physical balance (exercise, nutrition) this fall. Let’s take it one step at a time!

  31. Kelly says:

    Wow perfect timing! I feel my life is a bit out of balance, I working a senior marketing role, my partner & I have just started a business, I am looking to lose a bit of weight, all whilst finding time for myself, family and friends! Phew! This will be great for me!

  32. Jen says:

    I am too busy with work and tend to not be able to say “no” so I over commit myself.

  33. lilli says:

    I have trouble keeping things in balance because my job responsibilities just seen to keep spreading out into my life. I work in a high school and I realize what I do is important, but my job is really not who I am and I want my life activities and actions to reflect that, but before I know it I’m sucked into staying late or bringing too much work home and then get so tired I can’t focus or stay awake to do my own creative work of writing, painting, weaving.

  34. Jantie says:

    Like Louise @16 I am feeling that I have all these ambitions but am in a rut or fug. I have a loving husband and 9 year old boy, trying to balance their needs with mine is one issue / another is trying to get my son more positive in his approach to life. I will be starting a meditation course at my work and need to get more organised at home. Looking forward to your tips.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Balancing family with the rest of our needs and responsibilities is always tough. You don’t want to sacrifice their needs in favor of your own ones. But you can give them a million times more if you devote some time to your own balance.
      Welcome, Jantie!

  35. Michaela says:

    I feel like I am drifting in no particular direction. I have lost my passion for just about everything except cooking and reading. I want to get in balance and find a happy place where I can get my life under control.

  36. Asma says:

    Just started a new job after sitting idle for 6 months. Can’t seem to manage anything. My biggest problem is people. By the time i am done with my parents, boyfriend & friends, I have zero time left for me and yet everyone complains that i dont spend time with them :( Also, I am a big time procrastinator, so even if i manage to get some time, it tends to disappear. In short, I could do with some balance.

  37. Janette says:

    This is a good thing for me to be a part of. I seem to be looking for balance on a regular basis. I am in recovery, writing a book about my recovery, working part time and maintaining the all the rest to the best of my ability. I find that I get motivated and gungho then get burned out and overwhelmed when something new comes into the mix and I need to find balance again. It is a real juggling act.I procratinate and leave things to the last minute or struggle to get off the couch because the platter is just to full and I want it all done already. I am finding it hard to stay motivated with most things. It is easier to lie down on my couch, but it’s not. Stummped and pooped.

  38. Karen says:

    Well -depression ans negative thinking start me off with overeating which contribute to my life being off-balance. I look forward to this challenge

  39. Tricia says:

    Hi Anastasiya,
    It seems that there are more and more demands on my life (like everyone else) and trying to catch up after some terribly emotional years is making life so much more difficult. Work and home life are both challenges in themselves. The one saving grace is good family and friends … not in the least my husband who came into my life during the most craziest part of my life :)… and considering he was diagnosed with high functioning autism soon after we met and has high levels of anxiety, he is still here!

  40. Walaa says:

    I really hope that i can register in the LMBLC.
    I think i really miss balance in my life. I’m a working mother i have alot of duties that let at the end of the date too exhasted to enjoy my life or be able to live the life i want to.
    Wish that this challenge will make differnce in my life.

  41. Lauren says:

    We all know the things that are healthy for our minds and body. So how come it is so difficult to keep yourself motivated to do these things?? For me, life isn’t as hectic as others, but I still find myself not doing the things i know help me stay balanced. One week i feel on top the world, like everything is in balance, and the next week my life is out of sorts. I need HELP! I need to commit to myself to living well balanced life. When i feel balanced I feel most like myself.

  42. RavS says:

    Hi all,

    My name is RavS.

    well I am also a life-hacker who is trying everyday to get better, more productive, and happier. Of course, someday I am more productive than others, but some days are simply not satisfying at all and that leads to frustration. I am trying to start small but build on it and don’t look back.

    This seems like a good platform to try something new. Count me in!

  43. Lisa says:

    I am a mother of 5 ages 7 through 18. I am director of Headstart in my county and work with needy at risk preschoolers and there families. I also tutor at risk college students at night. My work is fulfilling but draining. I exercise daily and go to yoga weekly. I still feel anxious a lot and get tired easily. I think I deserve to learn how to balance better and project that to my family and clients

  44. Kay says:

    Great idea. :) The internet and the wonderful things within it are the biggest imbalance in my life. I end up sitting on the chair, clicking on sites, pinning them to my pinterest page, blogging this and that, and by the end of the day, I haven’t really moved or done any ‘active’ things. I quit my job and am exploring what to do next but it’s been a year or so and I am still unsure. A balanced life for me would be to make time to make things, draw, go out and explore my city and just be able to sit staring at the sky without itching to be on the internet.

  45. Tammy says:

    I am in a new relationship that came on rather quickly……..and I am having a hard time balancing my life as far as my daughter and new boyfriend. On top of it all I am moving shortly which just makes things a bit more interesting and I just feel like I am completely failing in most aspects of my life at the moment.

  46. kate says:

    I have serious medical issues and these throw me out of balance. I then struggle to get back to where I was!

  47. Simone says:

    Looking forward to being a part of this journey. Like so many others I find it hard to balance family (4 young children and all that entails together with housework etc) and work (home based so can consume a lot of hours). I also find I am always just running from one thing to the next…I would love to slow it all done and it all not to be such a rush. I also find that I work best under pressure which means that I can sometimes procastinate (and kick myself for not being productive) until it does become urgent. Thanks for the opportunity Anastasiya x

  48. nicole says:

    A focus on balance is always important but particularly vital for me as I face some changes in the near future. Starting a new job and moving in the same week is going to test my ability to maintain balance! I’m glad to join you on this journey so that we can all find balance despite what life is throwing our way.

  49. Lin says:

    Many times I have set out to live a more balanced life, with sincere intentions and sound plans, only to find I ‘fall off the wagon’ every time within a few days (or even hours). I want to find out how to carry through my plans when life doesn’t cooperate so I can bring about lasting change in how I live my life.

  50. Mary says:

    For the last couple of years, I have been working on more balance and peace for my soul. No one does this to me but myself. I don’t expect perfection in anyone else but myself. I want to be able to lighten up and not worry what other people will think of me. My body doesn’t need to be perfect, just healthy. My home doesn’t need to be in Good House Keeping magazine, just full of love & warmth. Well, you get the picture. I look forward to your inspiration as I travel on my journey!!

  51. S says:

    Funny, I choose one word for LAST year and it was “BALANCE”! Striving for this is a challenge between passions, work, love and home.

  52. Alice says:

    Thanks Anastasiya for setting up this challenge, it sounds like a great idea!

    I’m actually the student who sent the question that inspired “The Only Guide You Will Need to Get Past Burnout” article, which had a lot of wise advice. Sadly, while I think my burnout has recovered a little, I find myself reading but not taking on the advice from this blog because ironically, “I don’t have time”!. While it is true – I have a 10,000 word thesis due in 3 months plus classes and the related assessments to write – admittedly my excuses are getting pretty ridiculous. I figured that if I don’t start now, I probably never will!

    One thing I have decided to try and implement is to stop doing any work after 6pm. I am definitely a morning/day person, and once it gets dark, I tend to be tired and unmotivated, so I thought it would be a good idea to work as hard as I can during the day and completely unwind at night, rather than half-heartedly trying to do work from 9am to 9pm and making myself feel guilty about not doing enough.

    We do have to MAKE time to get our lives in balance, which is why I want to take up the challenge. Looking forward to it! =)

    • Anastasiya says:

      Alice, it’s nice to “see” you again!
      I am glad that you liked the article about burnout and I really hope that you will be able to take more steps to bringing your life in balance. I completely understand how difficult it is sometimes to take on the advice that you get from different sources. I find myself making the same mistakes sometimes. And when I do I remind myself of my goals and why exactly this piece of advice is important to me. How will it help me improve my life or lives of people around me? Usually this self-talk gives me enough motivation to take practical steps.
      Your resolution to not work after 6 pm is great. I think that this more focused approach to studying will definitely help you keep more balance in your life.
      I am glad you decided to join the challenge!

  53. Melissa says:

    every since my significant other was unfaithful to me last holiday season, I feel like I struggle to express myself properly. my anger, jealousy, insecurity, fear, and so on, keep me from allowing myself to be me. Our relationship is back on track and better than ever, but I still feel like I’ve lost myself and the balance in my life. thats all I want in my life, balance.

  54. Natasha says:

    I have so many things going on eg, work,home,family etc and everyday passes me by because there is “not enough time” to do what i need to do.I have goals & dreams i set for myself but i dont get to work towards it because everything else just bombards me.
    Im so excited to take this challenge,its just what i need…BALANCE!

  55. Lea says:

    Thanks for this challenge Anastasiya! As a working wife and mother I have similar issues to others. However, I find myself constantly worrying – mostly about things I have no control over. As a result I am exhausted. I need better perspective. I am keen to participate in this project.

  56. Michaele says:

    Hello Anastazia,

    As a working wife and mother of three kids I am constantly looking for a balance in my life. I believe I have alredy made several steps to improve but I am looking forward to learn more and to find inspiration and motivation.

  57. Becky Lovejoy says:

    I love the idea of keeping a self-renewing pace. I find that my ambition takes me away from what my body needs for rest and renewal — too much exercise, long hours at work, not enough naps, and now that I have a new job I find that I’m pushing myself all the time to learn more and be efficient. It’s quite exhausting.

  58. Teresa says:

    I’m a teacher…a very dedicated teacher who adores her job and her students, and I struggle with balance between work and life constantly. I am learning that I am not wonderwoman and I cannot be everything to everyone nor everywhere at the same time.

    This school year I am working on achieving balance–balancing taking time for me (to work out, to meditate and relax, to enjoy my family and friends, to revel in the beauty of the outdoors that I am surrounded by each day) with following my bliss as a teacher (planning and preparing for my kids each day, doing the things I need to to ensure they are getting the most out of our learning time together, and giving time to our school and participating in all of the after school events that I’m expected to).

    What I struggle with most is that last one… I’m not yet married (tho I have a fabulous future husband who is also very dedicated to his own job), and my coworkers have husbands and families of their own, and so they expect to go home to their families in the afternoon while I, the unmarried w/o kids teacher, will stay late and participate in all of our after school events.

    Last school year, I would get to school at 6am (we don’t begin with kids till 7:50 but I need to have time to myself to prepare for the day) and was often there until 9 or 10 at night due to events going on that a staff member needed to be present for. It was just assumed I’d be the staff member who attended them all. It ceased being my own choice to stay and participate very early on. Some teachers actually said OUT LOUD that they didn’t have to come to events BECAUSE they had families to take care of and I didn’t, so I needed to pick up the slack.

    I am working on advocating for my own sanity so that I can more successfully have a life outside of my profession–achieve balance. I hear that it is possible….I’m not altogether sure though.

  59. Anastasiya says:

    I am happy to see everyone on this challenge!
    I am sorry if I didn’t answer your comment personally – I will do that soon, I promise. I read all your introductions and was blown away by a great company that we have over here.
    This one month challenge (which starts on Monday, August 1st) is even more exciting than I anticipated.
    Welcome everybody! I can’t wait to get more balanced with you this month!

  60. Miki says:

    When I am motivated, I don’t have time. When I have time, I’m not motivated. This leads to an imbalance in my personal life. At work, forward momentum is a requirement for my position, so there is constant interaction and movement to get me from start to finish. At home, though, I can dream for hours about what to do, what I want to do and who I want to be, but I can never act on the dreams. Days off pass in a haze of sleep and boredom. I find myself looking forward to work so that I can be productive again. Conversely, I look forward to the weekend all workweek long.

  61. Sandra says:

    I want to find some level of balance or I may have to give up my career that I have worked hard for.

  62. Ravindra says:

    H1, I am Graphic designer by professin.About 1 year back, I had left my job & started freelancing. Since then I am struggling to survive which indirectly effect on all part of my life.

    I hope “More Balanced Life Challenge” will definitely help me to settle down.


  63. zahra says:

    I am always busy and stressful … Work, home, children … I can not find time to myself..Balance is the magic word I need, I am keen to participate in this project.

  64. Love this! The main thing I struggle with right now is balancin my to-do list, my freelance career, and my home life.

    Definitely joining and plan to blog about this! Thanks!!

  65. Shuba says:

    I’m a new mum (only 10 weeks!) and I’m finding it difficult to get back into a routine that includes exercise and healthy cooking. I’m looking to get the balance back into my life before it all gets too much!

  66. linda says:

    Balance for me is more like a teeter-totter than an evenly weighted scale. And maybe that’s okay, but I often wish there were more hours in the day to include the things I have to, the things I should and the things I want to.

  67. Teresa says:

    I find that my difficulty is that sometimes my work becomes too much for me, and my personal life feels rather empty. I strive to find a balance so that I can continue to do what i love to do (my work) and find more fulfillment in my personal/home life.

  68. Kim22 says:

    Today I start the journey – what gives me peace – the simplest & most difficult questions to be answered…thank you for the opportunity to explore what makes me tick & what might be holding me back. I look forward to the challenge!

  69. Susan says:

    both the definition & practice of life balance is one which I struggle with on a daily basis. On a personal level I believe it is a feeling of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual & sexual contentment. Contentment built on the relisation that nothing is unchanging. There will never be a time where you can sit back and say ‘Done!’. Like an hourglass our satisfaction with the various components that make up our life will always be running out like the sands of time. The trick for us is to always keep the sand running. Neglect or show contempt for one aspect of your life and it will throw you off balance. For me complacency and lack of motivation are the biggest challenges to maintaining balance in my life. Striving to see the bigger picture & an understanding that life is simple but will never be easy is how I manage my journey. To begin bringing balance into your life I believe that first you must know yourself and get to like that person. Laying block upon block will not serve to build a secure house if the foundation is shaky. Lack of self knowledge is a poor foundation. So for me one should strip away all these labels(sister, nurse, father, Catholic etc etc..) that have been foisted on us since birth. They may still apply and you may still be proud to wear them but first challenge them. Anything worth keeping will stand up to the challenge. At this time balance in my life means knowing what is important to me. Not my family, not my peer group, not society, me and working to maintain all of these things. Balance for me is when I feel at peace inside, when the constant chatter is replaced by a blissful silence. When I feel I am exactly where I’m suppose to be whilst never forgetting that as long as I live I will always be learning and growing.

  70. Connie says:

    All I can say is work work work, get ready for work in the morning, commute 45 minutes to 1 hour to get to work in the morning – work and then commute back home, stop at the grocery store for groceries, get home and take out groceries, cook dinner, feed family, clean up kitchen, do bills or clothes . . . . repeat, repeat.

    I need to find peace in the everyday chores that need to be done so that my life feels more balanced, more right, more enjoyable – not a race to get everything done and then watch TV exhausted. My kids are 18 and 15 and life is ever changing for me right now. I am open for trying this challenge. :)

  71. Amanda says:

    I have a difficult time staying balance due to my work schedule being a different shift daily. I also struggle from the amount of stress at work, home, and media sources. I have a really great relationship with my iPhone and I’m ready to “take a break.” I believe I’m experiencing burnout in several aspects of my life. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to this challenge!

    • Eliza says:

      I totally understand your struggle for balance with a crazy work schedule. Even though I work part time my schedule is never the same from week to week and I find it very easy to let that part of my life get more than its’ share of control, thus throwing me out of balance….. then add in family, home, friends and time for myself and it starts to look like a circus juggling act that’s gone awry! I’m looking forward to this opportunity to learn some ways to try and keep things more balanced.

  72. Christina says:

    This summer, I have been able to discover more balance in my life and have enjoyed it. I started summer with a great vacation to visit family who live far away. I have also thoroughly enjoyed spending a lot of time with my husband (who works at home), riding our bikes, going for walks, and just simply enjoying a slower pace of life together.

    But I worry that when school starts again, I will go back to my usual hectic pace.

    I teach in a very intense private school where being the best is not always good enough. I’ve been there more than 10 years and the past 2 years have been the toughest years I have ever worked anywhere. Several times I have been made to feel like my job is on the line. I know that I am a great teacher and am beginning to feel like this job is not longer the best fit for me, but it’s scary to think about changing in this economic climate.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Christina, your summer sounds amazing! I am glad you had such a great time!

      It’s difficult to give any suggestions about job, especially now. However, if you feel that your current place is not the best for you – you should really consider about changing it. It doesn’t mean hat you have to do it right away (I’m not sure but I would imagine that it’s difficult to get another teaching position after the school year has started.) However, start researching your options, looking around … You never know when the right opportunity will knock on your door.

      Work is a huge part of our lives and it has to reflect who you are. You can’t become a different person for 8-9 hours every day. If you felt that your job was on the line already then you need to be prepared for any outcome in the future.

  73. Michelle says:

    I am struggling to find balance. I am either too productive, and wear myself out, or I am too lazy and unmotivated to get going. I’m trying to learn to balance my time so I can further develop my life goals both near and far and put them into action :)

  74. Don says:

    I have never had ballance in my life and probably wouldn’t recognize it if I did. So I am happy to have found this site and hope we can find some bhallance together.

    • Anastasiya says:

      Hi Don,
      I am glad you found BalanceInMe and this challenge. I know you are starting a little late but I am sure that you can use all of the episodes of the challenge to your best benefit. Feel free to leave your comments and ask me questions.
      I really want you to experience the joy of balanced living.

  75. Michael Brennan says:

    Hi i’m michael i am a bubbly n confident person on a good day but i’m a shy, anxious& reserved person on a bad day recentley i have had more bad days than good. I want to move up in my career but my anxiety holds me back.
    I’m smart and think i have alot to offer

    • Anastasiya says:

      Hi Michael!
      It’s nice to meet you!
      The challenge is over but you can get all the lessons bu subscribing to my free newsletter (just enter your name and email into the signup form in the sidebar.)