Wednesday. Humpday. That time of the week when we’re “supposed” to post pictures with no comments. “Wordless” they say. Well, I’m about to do the exact opposite and use my Wednesday post to ramble on and on until my heart is content.
It feels like I have been running non-stop for weeks. My focus with WalkerBait has shifted, albeit slightly, from a writer’s blog and fan site, to actual promotions and productions. With our participation at this week’s Charlotte Comicon, and October’s Old Town Zombie Crawl to benefit the Heart2Heart Foundation, I am growing more and more excited about using the site for the greater good (as opposed to just my own personal playground).
I can’t help but think, though, that I must be doing something right. I mean, for someone who has a relatively full appointment book, I’m a pretty laid back person. Sure, I’d be lying if I said I was stress free. Who are we kidding? I’m a control-freak, Scorpio, “Monica”, with a touch of OCD. I can’t stop doing!! But somewhere along the way, I found a way to stay balanced. Others might not agree, haha, but I think I’m quite well-adjusted.
My daily time is split between stay-at-home-mom duties (housework, paying the bills, cooking, repairs, shopping, school obligations, taxi driver, and overall zoo maintenance); healthcare (medications, respiratory therapy, nebulizer treatments, and some form of exercise); administrative duties (phone, emails, social media correspondence and promotions, website content updates, some page building, search engine optimization, legal paperwork, soon to include billing/receiving, contracts, and all the joys that accompany small business ownership); trivia (promoting current venues, seeking new venues, occasionally writing categories, etc.); Charlotte Comicon (helping with promotions, updating website and social media, coordinating volunteers to work the show, organizing the costume contest and registrations, producing the Zombie 101 panel), and so on, and so forth.
Now, here’s where the balancing act comes into play. Even with all of the other obligations that I have going on in my life, I still find time to sleep in, play on Twitter and Facebook, watch (sometimes just listen) to 3 hours of Supernatural every morning, have occasional lunch dates, do fun things with my daughter, read a novel, visit my family out of town, go to the movies, go to karaoke, dance around the house, watch at least 2 or 3 episodes of Friends every afternoon with my daughter over tea or ice cream, have dinner with my family, write more, catch up on one of the many shows recorded daily on the DVR, and fall asleep watching more episodes of Friends.
It’s as though I have developed a functioning ratio of work and play. With all of the things that are thrown our way–some planned and some unexpected–it’s easy to forget how good you really have it. It may sound cliche, but it can always be so much worse. I know so many people who are perpetually busy. However….they understand that there is no such things as “too busy” when it comes to the people and things that make you happy. It’s just a matter of prioritizing. You have to not only learn how to say ‘No’, but when to say it. Teach yourself to multitask in some areas, freeing yourself up in others.
It’s like Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Be as busy as you need to be. Just make sure that while you’re busy working, you’re also busy playing.
Don’t wait around for life to happen. There might not be a cute ginger to push you in the deep end….
….life’s more fun when you just jump in and enjoy it! (‘knowing how’ is optional)