Finding my place in the middle. My sweet spot.

I just got an iPhone and a kick-ass new camera. The hubster just got an iPad. I am learning new vocabulary like widgets, HootSuite, WordPress, shutter speed, aperture, ISO and “apps.” My husband LOVES gadgets. All this technology totally makes my head spin. I am overwhelmed.
I am expanding my business. Taking on new clients. Building my first group program for the fall. Brainstorming a cookbook. Thinking about starting to potty train a toddler. Picking out paint colors and french doors. Remodeling our house. I am overwhelmed.
I just spent a relaxing week in Mexico. We survived the plane trip. For a week, I was not overwhelmed at all. Complete relaxation.

No cell phone. No internet.
I survived.
I thrived.
I got an 80 minute massage.
I read a book.
I swam.
I took long walks on the beach.
I let my in-laws watch Madilyn every morning so I could do my run.
I drank margaritas, mojitos and fresh green juice.
I watched my daughter play in the sand.
She learned how to give “fishy kisses.”

We all know that vacation is a time for rest and relaxation. To turn off our brains. To detox out of our routine. The trick is finding this happy place, this place in the middle between complete relaxation and extreme overwhelm, this place of balance… at home, with kids, with bills, with home repairs, with grocery shopping… the list goes on and on. 
I took a big step this week. I have arranged to have someone watch Madilyn every week for 8 hours. Yep. 8 hours for me. For my business. For my growth. For my writing. For my sanity. For me. Maybe I’ll take a photography class and learn how to use this camera. Maybe I’ll send a few tweets.
I am a control freak. I am a perfectionist. I admit it. This was not an easy thing for me to do. I would love to be able to do it all. I don’t need to though.
I deserve it. It is OK to ask for help. It is more than OK. It is wonderful.

The Benefits of Finding that Sweet Spot in the Middle, you ask?
More living in the moment.
Less worrying about the future.
More energy.
More laughs.
Less breakdowns and tears to your partner.
More drive and passion.
Better home-cooked meals.
Better conversations.
Feeling sexy and in control of your life.
I am finding that somewhere in the middle. I am finding that happy place. Have you?

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  1. Great article, Betsy! So true, we all need some time for ourselves. I absolutely love the fish kisses picture of you and Miss Madilyn! Hope all is well!

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