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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