How to balance multiple passions

As many of you know I am currently balancing multiple passions – yoga, architecture and this blog. When I posted about my day as an architect and yogi by night I received comments asking how am I managing to juggle a 200 hour yoga teacher training (YTT) program while working a 45 hour week and maintaining this blog. I thought I would share with you some of my tips and advice on how to balance multiple passions.

| Be Organized |

I think this one is a no brainer. If you want to be able to get everything done you need to have some sort of plan and organization. I use a planner that I color code with to do lists, meetings, yoga and anything else going on in my life. I don’t have any app I could recommend because I find technology to be unreliable (read: what to do if your phone dies while you are abroad). But if you are a techie person I know there are so many great apps out there that can help you stay organized. I have been sticking to a schedule with my blog posts, posting every Sunday and so far that has been the best day for me spend time working on my blog. I always have a growing to do list and separate my tasks into what needs to be done today, this week or this month. That way I can prioritize and don’t feel overwhelmed with what I need to do.

| Have a support system |

I’ll admit I could not be following all of my passions if it wasn’t for the incredible support system I have around me. Before I started my training I knew I would have less time to spend with family and friends so when I do have a moment of free time I make sure I spend it with them. Whether it’s going to grab something to eat or watching a movie. Making time for the people who are there for you and supporting you along the way is so important. Also I am so thankful that they understand that I may not be doing as many chores around the house as usual but when I have a few minutes and see that the dishwasher needs to be unloaded I do it.

| Accept that you may not have all your sh*t together all the time |

Usually I am driving straight from a long day at the office to YTT and don’t have time to stop at home. It is a miracle if I remember to bring everything to class, but majority of the time I forget something (pen, hair tie, yoga mat, snack and/or towel just to name a few things I have forgotten). Other days I hit a ton of traffic and am rushing to get to class on time or I have a huge stain on my pants from my lunch or I spill my entire cup of coffee all over my desk at work. A few times now I have felt so mentally drained that I don’t know how I have managed to get to YTT on time. I remind myself that I am doing the best that I can and have accepted the fact that I may not have it all together all the time.

| Stay Healthy |

This one may be the most important tip on how to balance multiple passions. If you are sick and your body is tired from fighting a cold or flu get some rest. Don’t keep pushing through because it can never end well if you don’t listen to your body. Make sure you are getting rest, which I know can be hard but sleep is important, your body needs that time to reset. I’ve been making food at home and finding healthy recipes so I can insure I am getting the right nutrients and staying healthy. I meal prep on Sunday nights so I don’t have to worry about making lunches throughout the week. For lunch I like to have a salad, so whatever vegetables I cut up on Sunday evening I throw in. Staying hydrated after sweating so much in yoga class (the classes are always heated) I drink my water with Liquid IV powder. I heard about this powder on a podcast from The Balanced Blonde and absolutely love it.  This powder uses a specific ratio of sodium, potassium and glucose to deliver water and other key nutrients directly to your bloodstream, hydrating you faster and efficiently more than just drinking water. Luckily one of my passions is also a form of exercise so I don’t need to worry about getting time in at the gym because I am on my yoga mat six days of the week. But if your passions aren’t physical movement make sure you get a few days in of exercise to keep your body strong.

| Remember to take a moment to check in with yourself |

Following your passions can be fun but there are always bumps in the road during any journey (read: my yoga teacher training update). Take a moment to thank yourself for getting through the day/week/month. On Sunday evenings after I meal prep I like to put on a face mask and relax for a few minutes while it dries. Taking this time to mentally and physically check in with myself.

 

These are some of my tips for how I have been balancing my passions. YTT is coming to an end in a week (look for final update coming soon). I don’t know what I will do with all of the extra free time I will have. But the holidays are coming up so I know I will be busy with getting ready for the holidays and I’ve got two exciting adventures I am going on so stay tuned to see where I am going!

Do you have any tips for how to balance life?

 

x the Adventurer

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64 thoughts on “How to balance multiple passions

  1. I agree that technology is unreliable and sometimes, it’s just a pain in the neck to use. Sometimes my notifications work, and other times they don’t. But I like using the calendar app on my iphone for special events (parties, pilates class, etc) but I also write down to-do lists everyday in a little notebook that I carry around with me.

    I love crossing things out in my notebook, makes me feel productive! xx
    ebonyknowles.com

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  2. I am so glad you put the self care bullet point in there at the end.
    If I am not healthy and happy I feel a little bit overwhelmed and can’t get things done.
    I have so much to do – between full time work, learning Japanese, blogging and starting my own business I am very busy. I always make time to go to the gym and eat well so I feel good.
    I especially love my mornings – I eat porridge with water and fruit and I drink green tea!
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

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  3. It’s always good to have multiple passions. That way, you don’t get tired of doing the same thing! All of these tips are useful. Being organized and documenting everything that needs to be done is a big driver in steering you towards the right direction.

    I totally agree about accepting the fact that everything isn’t working properly. That way, you know where the problem is and how to fix it (or at least try to XD).

    exquisitely.me

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  4. Ah you are so inspiring! Definitely agree that organization is critical – my color-coded planner is my most trusty sidekick. I don’t know what I’d do without it! Also taking the time to regularly check in with yourself. For me that’s in the form of relaxing bedtime routines, family nights on Sundays, and mealtimes where I allow myself to just focus on the food. Wonderful post! Happy Tuesday 🙂

    Beatrice | The Bliss Bean

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  5. I certainly struggle with this which is how I found your post. I have three different roles in my day job plus numerous hobbies and I’m at the gym four nights a week as well as considering taking up yoga again. Your best advice is ‘stay healthy’ – absolutely agree!

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  6. This post totallyyyy speaks to me. I am so many freaking passions and hobbies, it’s no joke. I don’t know why I do! I just love learning and doing all sorts of different things. I think these are really great tips for how to organize your life around your different passions. Something I definitely need to start doing!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

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  7. Thank you for this post 🙂 it gives me strength and motivates me to keep going. Manage being a student, yoga teacher, seeing friends and hobbies and work is really not that easy. And its amazing to see how positive you master all of that. Keep it up 🙂

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  8. Thank you for this post 🙂 I am in the same situation as you right now: working full time and doing a 200h yoga teacher training and trying to see my friends and family and go after my other hobbies (my blog, acting, sports…) as well. It’s overwhelming but as you say, doable. We just have to take it easy at times – and breathe!!! 🙂
    Namasté – Selly

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      1. I love it, it’s so much fun 🙂 The more I learn, the more I want to pass that knowledge on to everyone! Congratulations on your finishing your TT!!! How cool 🙂 Are you going to teach as well or did you do the training for yourself? 🙂

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  9. These are such good tips! And so important for people to know. I think one of the reasons that people don’t follow their passions is because they think that they don’t have time. Or they’ve already chosen one job. But it doesn’t have to be that way! You just have to learn to balance (like you said) and STAY HEALTHY. I’ve also learned I need to be forgiving of myself. If I’ve had a day at work where the kiddos have just exhausted me, and I don’t have the energy to work on the blog, I remind myself that it’s OKAY to just rest and relax that night.
    I’m also going to try that Liquid IV powder. I try to stay hydrated throughout the day but teacher get ZERO bathroom breaks, so it’s hard to drink a lot of water unless I want to be incredibly uncomfortable throughout the day. This will seriously be a life saver!

    Have a great week! We can’t wait to hear about the YTT!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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    1. Definitely give the Liquid IV powder a try! I found a single packet of it at the Wholefoods by my house so I tried it out and loved it. I order it from Amazon now and it’s been a lifesaver when it comes to helping me stay hydrated =o) Always be forgiving to yourself, I know I do that more often too now and it’s helped me save enough energy to keep going throughout the week too =o)

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