The ironic thing about writing a blog focusing on ways to connect with family and friends is that when I travel to visit family and friends, I’m so busy connecting that I don’t have time for telling the story.
Right now, I am in Chicago for a few days to take part in the Breast Cancer walk. I’m walking as part of the team formed each year by my friend, Monique, in memory of her beloved aunt.
While I’m in town I make plans with friends for breakfast, lunch and dinner – sometimes second breakfast or second lunch, too. I tend to over schedule in an attempt to connect with all the people who mean so much to me.
I always try to schedule a Girls’ Night In. Last night the gals were all here and they surprised me with a birthday cake. How sweet is that?!
When I go to Boston to visit my kids and grandkids, every day and night is packed with activities. Whether it’s playing with the babies or trying a new dinner in The North End, there are memories to be made.
When I visit other family members, in addition to having fun and catching up, often I am helping with one project or another. It feels good to be helpful, especially since I can’t be around every day.
This fall our college group is getting together twice. The weekends together are spent reminiscing about old times, getting updates on each other’s kids and (hopefully) cheering on our football team to a victory.
There is nothing that makes my soul sing like time spent with family and friends. Each group, each relationship is special and different. It is important to me to nurture these relationships.
I’m a relator. (Again, remember that is relator NOT realtor.)
I live to bring people together with – truth be told – me in the middle.
But what happens on these action packed days that I am “on the road” visiting family and friends? I run out of time each day to connect with my virtual community. I write fewer posts, read fewer posts from the blogs I follow, and have much less time to comment and interact with my tribe.
I’m also a Libra. I crave balance. But we all know that balance in our lives is tough to achieve and to do well.
I guess what I need to do, in order to maintain my sanity and my personal standards, is to think about balance on a bigger scale.
I WILL celebrate my relationships by engaging in meaningful ways with the people I love and I WILL write about my adventures and connect with my virtual world. Just not all at the same time.
But most of all, I WILL remember to be grateful that I have relationships in both my real life and my blog life that bring me such joy. Balancing these is a pretty good “problem” to have.
What do you do to balance the different aspects of your life? Bloggers, is the process of living your purpose keeping you from writing about your purpose?Thanks for stopping by,
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