I was driving to Trader Joe’s at the end of last week in between all the million things I had to do. I was in the far right hand lane, and a guy in the lane next to me wanted to get over in my lane. I gave him space so big to merge, a 747 could have easily fit. But he didn’t go, so I sped up. Immediately he flew into into the lane behind me and started making gestures like he was pissed. This irritated the crap out of me and I sat there mumbling to myself what an idiot (I actually used harsher words) he was. God the freakin nerve of that guy!!!
And this was one of the many little things that has been irking me all week…which is a telltale sign in my world that I’m feeling off balance.
Do you remember in the movie The Shining when Jack Nicholson started going crazy and kept typing “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” I sometimes laugh because I just insert the word “Tonya” and “girl.”
I’m a true Libra in the sense that I require daily balance. I’m not one of those people who can work 24/7 and catch up with sleep or exercise on the weekends. Every single day I need good sleep, exercise, nutritious food (ish), productivity, and friend/downtime. Stray from that pattern too long and I start to curse at people for breathing the wrong way around me.
The one thing I’m having a hard time balancing is my freelance video work and my side hustles.
On one hand I LOVE most of my side hustles, mostly notably blogging. And although I do make some money from it, it’s nowhere near what I make as a video editor. Then there are the other side hustles like working as a personal assistant, and now teaching volleyball lessons, which require me to drive to a new location which takes up more time.
But low and behold my video editing work picks up, and like I said the money is good, but I gotta admit it’s time consuming, painfully boring, and often comes with a lot of client drama.
And believe me I’m not just complaining about it without actually trying to do something about it (meaning pushing these side hustles to keep trying to learn more and earn more so I don’t have to depend on these video editing projects as much), but it’s just hard to find the time!
Another thing I’m struggling with is how much I want to say yes to the opportunities that are coming my way that are related to blogging, but don’t pay as much. I’m worried that I’m going to overwhelm myself. For instance taking on a new writing gig. On one hand it moves me closer to a goal I like, but on the other hand it’s hard to juggle something new with everything else.
I guess moving forward I just have to learn how to pace myself better. As always my health and wellness needs to come first, which means finding whatever time I can each day to exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep. But aside from that when the video work is hot, I need to kind of focus on that because it’s not always happening, especially during summer months.
And I’d love to make the side income I did last month, but it may not be possible if I’m too busy with video work. For instance I had to cancel teaching volleyball to the girls on Thursday and Friday because I was just too busy. I was sad to not make $200, but my sanity is much more valuable.
So I’m curious how you all find balance. Are you able to burn the midnight oil with no problem that you can do your main job plus any side hustles, or do they often take a back seat so you live a more balanced life? How do you know when you need to find more balance in your life?