In Search of Balance

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For the first time in a long time, I finally took a break Saturday from the Web & books & all things related to this site and just simply scrapbooked. It felt good … a little bit of scrap-therapy goes a long way. So for today’s Sunday Inspiration, I thought I’d share a page I put together…

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Balance. Yep, this is my new word for 2010. Last year’s word was “begin” . . . and well, I definitely did that, at least in terms of scrapbooking. Finally made the leap from just calling myself a scrapbooker to really doing it on a consistent basis. But I’ve always had this problem with finding & keeping some sort of balance in my life. And as a result, I’m a key candidate for burnout.

Balance by Kristin Rutten

"Balance" by Kristin Rutten

I’m not really sure why I am this way . . . maybe it’s just that I get very passionate about things I really love and as a result, have little time . . . patience . . . interest in much else. And I tend to focus exclusively on whatever that thing is for days, weeks, even months on end.  Unfortunately, this is to the nearly total neglect of all else in my life. And that is just not a healthy way to live, both figuratively and literally.

And now that I have finally found my, for lack of better word, “calling” in life . . . my new Log Your Memory venture . . . I really want to find a way to find that balance so that it is something I can sustain for a very long time. And so that I don’t totally miss out on and neglect the rest of my life in the process.

It’s not hard to see signs of this problem of mine. For instance, that wonderful birthday gift from my hubby last year – that elliptical machine in the corner – has not been touched in at least, um, several months. Well, not by me anyway. Danica thinks it makes a great climbing toy. And my kitchen? Possibly the ugliest kitchen in Lewistown. I have lots of ideas for re-doing it . . . and if I really wanted to, I could probably find the time and money to do it. But there it sits . . .  ugly as ever, complete with gross, burned, peeling linoleum stuff  on the counters, disgusting flowery contact paper on the dirty walls and that hideous peachy colored paint from decades ago.

And then there’s the laundry. I got it clean . . . I’m not quite that pathetic . . . but that dang pile sat on the dining room table for at least four days before I moved it up to our bedroom floor, where it sat for another week or two. But in the meantime, I sold lots of books, welcomed tons of new members to my Web site and put together a couple new books. All worthy items . . . just no balance in my day.

And sleep? What’s that? Haven’t been to bed as a “reasonable” hour in at least two months. Not one single time.  The girls get a fair amount of attention still, out of necessity. One can only handle so much whining & crying before succumbing to those needs. And the boys, well, they are with their dad this semester so I do manage to stop and try to “be” with them when they’re here. But that’s about the extent of my current balancing ability, much to my very patient and supportive husband’s chagrin. And I am the first to acknowledge, this needs to change.

So that’s why this is my word for 2010. Making “begin” my word and focus in 2009 seemed to work wonders. Here’s to hoping choosing balance will have the same effect in 2010!!!

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Comments

  1. eryn says:

    Wow…I could have written that almost word for word. Maybe Balance should be my word too! Fabulous page!

  2. eryn says:

    Wow…I could have written that almost word for word. Maybe Balance should be my word too! Fabulous page!

  3. Poppy says:

    Wow! “Balance” is a very powerful word that encorporates everything we do or try to do! Please keep us posted on any “balance” tips that you find really that work! hee hee! Great word Kristin!

  4. Poppy says:

    Wow! “Balance” is a very powerful word that encorporates everything we do or try to do! Please keep us posted on any “balance” tips that you find really that work! hee hee! Great word Kristin!

  5. Becki says:

    It was really nice of you to blog for me Kristin, LOL

    I can completely relate, here’s to a new year with things in proper BALANCE!

  6. Becki says:

    It was really nice of you to blog for me Kristin, LOL

    I can completely relate, here’s to a new year with things in proper BALANCE!

  7. cole19 says:

    Balance really does sound like a good work to adopt and work on for 2010. Maybe I should take a hint from you and also work on balance in my life.

  8. cole19 says:

    Balance really does sound like a good work to adopt and work on for 2010. Maybe I should take a hint from you and also work on balance in my life.

  9. Tracy says:

    OMG, this article sounded all too familiar! I thought it was just ME. Fantastic article Kristin, and fantabulous layout! I hope that you are finding some balance in 2010.

  10. Tracy says:

    OMG, this article sounded all too familiar! I thought it was just ME. Fantastic article Kristin, and fantabulous layout! I hope that you are finding some balance in 2010.

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