The common questions I receive from readers is usually one of two things: 1) How did I get started? and 2) How do you balance your work, workout and social life?
It’s hard, that’s for sure. Creating time for all of those things is often a challenge and sometimes things have to be eliminated. Living a busy life is a blessing and a curse: it keeps me from sitting on my couch on the weekends and stuffing my face from boredom AND it can be exhausting trying to fit everything in.
Obviously, work is essential. I have to pay my bills. I spend my 8 hours a day at work and I get creative with my time. I use my breaks and lunch hours to do things I enjoy like going for walks in nice weather (extra exercise) or I read a book, or work on writing MY book. Finding an hour here and there is often just enough time to do something fun and decompress before heading back to work. Time management helps a lot.
The second most important thing in my life is two-fold: my fitness and my boyfriend Michael. He’s an important part of my life and I need to make time for our relationship. It helps a lot that we like to cook together and that we like to do ACTIVE things together (like biking, hiking or snowshoeing). Doing fitness together on the weekends helps keep us connected and I get my exercise in.
My friends are pretty understanding of what my workout schedule is like and are accommodating. And honestly, a lot of my friends are super busy too and they plan their social activities far in advance as well.
I prioritize fitness and plan my SOCIAL life around it. Sure, that might not sound like as much fun but I always fit both things in. It just might not be an immediate gratification kind of thing. My life is pretty structured–even the fun stuff is scheduled into my calender. So last minute “Hey want to grab a drink tonight?” kind of plans sometimes don’t happen often.
I make plans with my friends on a routine basis. I’ll get a pedicure with my friend Star about once a month or every other month and we frequently get together for a homemade dinner (her place or ours). My friend Robyn and I liked to meet each other at the gym and workout together. She’s way into fitness too so that helps! Two birds, one stone!
My other friends — Anna, Kat, Ember, Sam, and several others are good happy hour friends. It’s fun to meet up for some one on one girl time. Then of course, Michael and I have couple friends that we see together. The couple “date nights” are often game nights, homemade pizza night, movie nights, happy hours, or in the summer time–group hikes!
Some things had to go by the wayside. I rarely take the time to do things like watch TV or paint my nails. I definitely watch more Netflix during the ugly winter time, but as a whole TV is less of a priority. When I take the time to sit down and read, I usually have help. 🙂
I prioritize the things in my life because it all has value. I need down time with friends. I need down time with Michael and the kitties. I also need time to myself (the gym is great for that).
QUESTION: What are your priorities? How do you balance your social life with everything else?