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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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One of the greatest skills in life is learning how to find the delicate balance between work and play, stress and relaxation. Over the years, I have found that one surefire way to center myself is to allow time for creativity and self-expression. Whether it be painting or jewelry making, gardening or cooking, creative expression is something that one can always fall back on to get back to the core of themselves. The artists we find at the BSP are inspirations when it comes to honoring creativity and today’s contributor is no exception.

Ann Kathryn Kehoe of AnnKat Designs creates gorgeous jewelry that strives to maintain balance in composition and style. Kehoe’s work is modern and unique, yet draws from tradition. Her pieces include healing gemstones and her work celebrates personal growth and positivity. I, personally, am magnetically drawn the the Raw Sodalite Gemstone Necklace and I realize that balance is, perhaps, the strongest influence we can choose in our lives and what better way than to adorn ourselves with pieces that remind us of that. AnnKat Designs is full of reminders. Find your own.

AnnKat Designs is giving away one Bronze Chevron Ring to one winner and one Bronze Chevron Necklace to a second winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, July 22nd.
Please visit AnnKat Designs and tell us: How do you seek balance in your life?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, July 29th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Pumpernickel says:

    I have discovered that the only way I can possibly have any time for myself is if I ask for help. It has been a very humbling life lesson since having children and I still struggle a bit with the fact that I can’t do EVERYTHING. My 3 year old goes with his grandma for a couple hours a week and that gives me a bit of time to at least catch up on the big projects. I find my balance when I swallow my pride.

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    Tiffany says:

    I balance my life by setting myself a schedule. Even though I work from home, I tell myself to work from around 10am to about 4-5pm, and make sure I give myself proper breaks in between. There are times when I have to push beyond that, but then I make up for it later by giving myself days off or maybe working half days. I also try not to work on weekends or late into the night unless it’s absolutely necessary or it’s something I can multitask like knitting.

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    Susanna says:

    This is something I struggle with a bit. I think the most important part of achieving balance in my life is to get out into nature as much as possible, which is hard to find the time to do. Luckily my back yard is pretty wild and will suffice, so getting out and gardening helps me feel balanced. 

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    Kelly M. says:

    I seek balance by climbing, hauling, and pulling myself to the top of 14ers – mountains over 14,000 feet high. We have over 50 of them here in Colorado. Some of them have made me appreciate life because they have been terrifying and death-defying; others have been calm, peaceful sunrise hikes to the top that simply make me feel happy and connected to this earth. All of them get me away from my office where I am more connected to my touch screen and my computer mouse than the people I love and the place I live. Hiking provides that necessary balance.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Balance is beautiful to me, in part because it reminds me to think about what things matter in my life.  Seek balance reminds me a lot of something that happened when I was a child.   My mother used to take me to grocery store and have me estimate how much the produce we picked out weighed before we put it on the scale.  It built great estimation skills in me – I can always tell you how much a bag of apples weighs! – and I think a healthy sense of thinking carefully about “weighing” things in my mind.  

    Beyond what we did at the grocery store, my mom taught me to be mindful, and thoughtful, to use my mind as a tool to keep things even.  The first and most important thing I do to maintain balance is to think through my day every night while I’m getting ready for bed.  I ask myself how it felt – what was good, what was hard.  And it comes from that mental practice that I am able to work toward balance.  When something feels bad in my day, instead of just forgetting it or ignoring it, I revisit it at night and try to think about solutions.  

    In conclusions, moms are great.  I’m thankful mine taught me to “weigh” things in my head.

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    cindy says:

    I find balance by being present. When I am at work, I am multi-tasking like crazy and getting as much done as possible. But when I am home, I try to put away the phone as much as possible and be present with my husband and kids. The balance goes away for me when I try to do all things at all times.

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    Amie A says:

    I meditate, surround myself with positive, supportive friends and get outside and put my hands in the dirt.  Nothing works better for me than connecting with the earth, focusing on my breath and being aware of all of the beauty that surrounds us.  

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I try to have a little bit of time for myself by myself.  It can be just watching my favorite show or reading or going on-line to read blogs.  It helps me to recharge and start a new day.

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    Holli says:

    I make lists and get the noise out of my head. Then I prioritize those lists. Being organized helps me stay on task, stay motivated and keep from turning into scary mommy!

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    Momina says:

    I think devoting to to faithful activities, for example reading religious scriptures is really helpful. Though this world is becoming more and more less revolved around religion, it feels to me that it makes me feel better about myself, and its hopeful. Depending on how religion is interpreted to the person. What I mean is my having hope in ones life, it helps to ‘balance’ out their activities. By dedicating certain times of the day for different activities, it helps create a routine, which inevitably feels good, which depends on the mindset and mood of the individual. I think it helps a lot, but sometimes it doesn’t work well, if you haven’t got that religious motivation, which most of us will lack due to what the world has become today. Another thing I feel which helps to put ‘balance’ into my life is by note-taking anything you’ve done. Though it might be hard at first, but keeping a note of where you might have gone, bought etc helps to  jog your memory which we need to keep rack of our lives and organise future events. 

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    iamalighthouse says:

    I always work at not being stressed. I really try to just trust God, and not worry…because where does that get you? 🙂 Life is so beautiful and amazing; so many times I just try to speed up without enjoying where I’m at!

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    I seek balance by having a plan. Staying organized keeps my head above water!

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    Samantha S says:

    It’s hard in my field to feel justified for taking any breaks or personal time at all; but I learned a while ago to keep my Friday evenings for me and me alone. Even if the highlight of the evening is just flopping down on the couch, having a time set aside in which the time is entirely my own has proven really helpful in centering my life and keeping relaxed.

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    Fairymama says:

    I seek balance through meditation,crystal healing,energy healing ang yoga.I try to meditate and crystal heal every day.I also do yoga and energy healing a few times a week.It is hard for me as I’m a mother of three with Crohns.When my son naps I take the time to go in the yard in the grass and be one with the earth and nature.It keeps me grounded and puts love and light in my heart.Would love to win any of the two stunning pieces.Thank you!Namaste✌❤

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    Kim g says:

    I dont think I am balanced..Its something I strive for…but as a mother of two and a wife..as well as a business owner I give a heck of a lot of me to everything else. I go into my day thinking that I will do more for me..and somehow by the days end..it just hasnt happened…A great eye opening question and something that I need to work on

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    Andrea Drummond says:

    I seek balance everyday. As soon as the scales are even they just tip my way or the other. The way it usually goes is the other, not quite in my favor, so I feel like I spend my extra time clawing to catch my breath. I have tried many things such as scheduling everything and planning nothing and taking it one day/hour at a time. Through both of those experiences I’ve learned to let the little things go, ask for help, and step back and breathe. One day I will achieve balance. I will just keep trying, breathing, relaxing, creating, and planning (or not) until balance clicks into place.

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    Monica Borge says:

    I seek balance between my social and work life. This is a very common challenge to most, but recently joining the full time workforce I have been spinning in circles and find that my friends and family are being thrown out of my vortex. I try to find balance by sitting down every night or morning depending on my schedule and call my friends and family to catch up and to show I still care and seek their presence in my life.

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    Ris says:

    I seek balance by making sure that I have enough time to recharge and be by myself. I tend to book myself up, especially during the week, with happy hours and other commitments, but have found that I need at least two days with nothing planned in the evening. Otherwise I start to feel overwhelmed and exhausted.

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    jenn says:

    Each day has a new balance requirement and need. Knowing that I’m halfway there…

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    Jennifer says:

    I’d love to be able to say something really zen, like meditation or yoga, but what I really do is save Saturday night for a date with my husband. Sometimes Fridays and occasionally Sunday, but always Saturday. We both work full time (big deal) and I’m in law school on most week nights, so our standing Saturday night date is something to look forward to each week. 

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    Sparrow says:

    I find that when I’m imbalanced, I need to look outside of myself. So, I meditate on who in my life needs some love and support, whether it’s shut-ins in the neighborhood or a friend going through a difficult time, focusing on how I can help them brings my life into perspective and helps me to feel right in the world. That and getting on the floor and letting my three wild little boys attack me.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    exercise! it helps me stay balanced and sane. 🙂

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    Martina W. says:

    Exercise definitely helps me stay balanced, along with a routine life. Things have to be in order for me to function.

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    jane says:

    as much as i would like to do as many things as possible, in life we have to make decisions and prioritise certain things over others, like i can’t spend all my time studying and not spend time with God, family and friends, or neglect one area at the expense of all. i find my balance by knowing my priorities and sticking to them, and not be laden with the sense of guilt from not spending enough time with friends and such even if they try to guilt-trip me because i know i’m doing the best i can 🙂

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    Nikki says:

    I feel balanced when I choose to be content.  Sometimes I think it’s really about perspective and attitude because circumstances, situations, requirements they are what they are but it’s unmet expectations, frustrations, & stress that throw people off.  I usually just need to slow down (sometimes physically, but mostly emotionally) and things fall into place.

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    Jenni says:

    I work at a 9-5 and put in a lot of overtime and I do freelance design on the side. Finding a way to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and find time to be with my family is important, but so is my alone time. I make up for this by going to the gym and swimming in the morning. When I get home, my husband is awake and we spend time playing with the puppies and chatting about what our day will bring. At night we always come home and cook dinner together and discuss our day. We love hanging out and watching our favorite shows and always end the evening reading books together and unwinding. Sometimes I feel like my day is scheduled from start to end, but I really enjoy the scheduled fun parts!

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    Sue F says:

    It’s really been tough these days; going through a ‘not nice’ divorce, taking care of my aging father, a flood in his home has me dealing with contractors and such – and then there is work.   I am trying to take at least 2 20 minute breaks of silence for myself – usually a walk or time by the pool

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    Marie says:

    I live a very stressful life that requires full attention on others in my life. It is difficult but important that I focus on myself during the day in order to be able to continue to help others. In order to find balance between helping others and keeping myself going I look to my boyfriend and my friends help encourage me throughout the day. My boyfriend is incredibly supportive and my friends help to push me to do my best! It is ESSENTIAL to have a great support group surrounding you in life! Thanks everyone <3

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    Susie says:

    Balance for me is being mindful that perfect is the enemy of great.