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Finding Balance in 2014

January 6, 2014

By Carol Amato

As I’ve planned and set goals for the new year I’m keenly aware of the need for balance, and freely admit that I need improvement in this area. If you do too, then let’s explore how to find balance in 2014.

Click to Play, then Full Screen button in lower right corner…


 (Note: Next time if I forget my Flip Cam, will turn my iPhone horizontally!)

I consider myself to be somewhat of an extremist in certain areas: love my coffee piping hot, ice cream freezing cold (no sloppy melting mess), etc.

This can creep into my work life as well because sometimes I’m a work horse and don’t know when to quit. I find it pretty easy to push myself until a certain project is done, but how effective am I when I’m dead tired?

How To Find Balance In 2014

One of the things I’ve committed to for 2014 is to make sure I become balanced in my life. I want to take some time to become physically fit, which has been a goal each and every new year – can you relate? I want to focus on strengthening, becoming more flexible, having more endurance….these are some of the things that would benefit me this year and make me a more balanced person.

Finding Balance in 2014

Taking a break in the middle of my work day to take a brisk walk in the cool winter air is just the ticket for me! Get outside, clear your mind, and invigorate your body by power walking to get your heart rate up. Enjoy the scenery and nature in your area, no matter the season.

After my walk this afternoon, I felt better because I know it did me good to get outside to exercise. I became winded because we were clipping along at a good speed, and I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful glistening snow and the conversation with my son.

When he leaves for college, I’ll be walking alone but am committed because it will improve my overall health as well as my mindset.

Double Whammy – Exercise and Reading

I’ve also made the decision to read more in 2014. The public library is several blocks from my apartment which is the perfect distance for a brisk walk every other day! What a benefit to be able to take a walk in order to explore the library shelves to get myself a special treat – that’s pampering for sure!

We will be so much more focused and productive in our businesses if we take care of our mental and physical selves.

What Does Finding Balance Mean For You?

  • Stretching
  • Cooking
  • Reading a book
  • Walking your dog
  • Listening to music
  • Calling a friend
  • You fill in the blank…

I’ll be covering How To Find Balance in 2014 more thoroughly in the upcoming weeks so let me know what you struggle with so we can find solutions together.

What are your plans to maintain your balanced life or to get balanced if you’re lacking in this area? I’d appreciate you sharing your tips below.

Take Care,
Carol

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  • Dan

    Beautiful snow in your area. Nice video.

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Thanks, Dan! :-)

      Have a wonderful day.
      – Carol

  • http://mominternet.com Ann Moore

    Carol,

    I appreciate your post. It challenges me to think and get a little more insight and confidence in who I am :)

    I am a very passionate individual who can get quite melencholy. Being in a melencholy state all the time is not the best as it can lead to depression. So balance is essential to me which I receive from a variety of sources.

    My mind is always on the go and I find balance in Bible meditation and prayer, which remind me of my God given purpose in life. Music which keeps my thoughts and creativity flowing. Writing and video where I can articulate my passions one at a time (LOL otherwise I go in 100 different directions). Friendships where we can be an encouragement. Reading others’ ideas and perspectives that challenge me to grow.

    Finding balance in 2014 sounds like an excellent goal, Carol. Thanks so much for your post, it encouraged me to be balanced ;)

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      That’s absolutely wonderful, Ann! So glad to have encouraged you!

      I start my day with Bible reading and prayer, which kicks off my day the best way for me. There is no way I could leave it for afternoon or evening, as I think it would throw me into a tailspin because I gain focus as I remember my purpose, like you.

      Love music, and often enjoy it while taking a break – what a gift some people have, including your children – have heard them sing, awesome!

      Have a good evening. :)

      – Carol

  • Adrian Gonzales

    Great post now it comes in my mind to do same except the snow. . .Thanks Carol =)

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Adrian!

      Yep, doesn’t matter the weather where you live, but balancing your day is important. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

      – Carol

  • http://www.notnowmomsbusy.com Corina Ramos

    Hi Carol,

    Thanks for sharing this video with us. You have a great view indeed. All I have in Houston is traffic ;)

    I’m making sure to start my day in prayer and asking God to give me all I need to make it through the day…works every time :).

    You have shared some great ideas for us to find our work-life balance!

    Happy New Year! Wishing you a prosperous 2014!

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Corina!

      Sounds like you’re on track! That’s awesome how you start your day. :-)

      Wishing you all the best for 2014~!

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

      Take Care,
      – Carol

  • asgonzales

    Let face 2014 with at ease. We also need to balance our life and not overwhelmed to work. Thanks for sharing this @Carol_Amato_

    • http://www.carolamato.com/ Carol Amato

      Yep, couldn’t agree more!

  • Geri Richmond

    Hi Carol,

    I have been working out since I was in my thirties. It’s so ingrained in me that if I couldn’t go to the gym and really get a good workout, I would be lost.

    I have to give you props because it’s not easy to all of a sudden decide that you are going to become fit.

    I know with you, the desire is there, because you have talked about it before.

    I can fully relate about working too much. I almost feel guilty when I take time off.

    You go girl!
    Geri

  • Geri Richmond

    Hi Carol,

    I have been working out since I was in my thirties. It’s so ingrained in me that if I couldn’t go to the gym and really get a good workout, I would be lost.

    I have to give you props because it’s not easy to all of a sudden decide that you are going to become fit.

    I know with you, the desire is there, because you have talked about it before.

    I can fully relate about working too much. I almost feel guilty when I take time off.

    You go girl!
    Geri

    • http://www.carolamato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re a wonderful role model, Geri!! Thank you!! More water, more veggies and fruit and more activity! :)

      Thanks! – Carol

    • http://www.carolamato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re a wonderful role model, Geri!! Thank you!! More water, more veggies and fruit and more activity! :)

      Thanks! – Carol

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