Balance

Capacity Full

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #14in2014, Balance | 15 Comments

Busy is good, right?  I’ve been busy and it’s been a good busy – I attended a fabulous yoga event hosted by Murad Skin Care and Fitness Magazine last week, was announced as a FitFluential Ambassador (so happy) and I just came home from Bloggy Boot Camp/Women Get Social yesterday.  Being around amazing women and getting a chance to feed your mind, body and soul in new ways is always inspiring to me.  I was ridiculously anxious to recap some of the meaty tid-bits of these events and share them with all of you but when I sat down at my computer, I got a message from Google Drive telling me that my storage capacity was full.  I couldn’t even download another image.  I was angry.  I freaked out.  I started crying and then I realized that this might be a sign:

Overworked, overburdened, time out

Yes, I could pay for more storage and just keeping going but I didn’t like the method nor the madness.  My “holy crap I’m soooooo busy” mentality meant that I was just bulldozing ahead to get tasks done, without really taking the time to do things right.  I’ve been doing a million things lately and few of them very well so I need to make a change.

I’ve gotten a clear sign from the tech gods that I need to slow down and get myself organized with my life, blog, business and family.  I‘m not giving up this blog, I love it (you, the reader and the amazing people within the blogosphere way too much to leave)!

However, I do think I’m going to scale back my posting schedule for a little while.  I want to be a better version of myself.  While I know I can’t do it all, I do know that I’m not the blogger, entrepreneur, friend, family member and “athlete” that I want to be (I’m having a ton of trouble referring to myself as an athlete but since I have the LoziLu Mud Run and the SoCal Ragnar Relay in the next month, I’m going with that description for now).

As we enter into the last third of the first quarter of the year (do you like my math skills there?), I realize I’m failing miserably at meeting my #14in2014 goals and if I plan to get anywhere close to meeting them, things need to change now.

Again, let me be clear.  I’m not going away.  I may just be posting on an irregular schedule for a little while.  I’ll still be active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and hope you’ll stick with me there.  Who knows, maybe this will be the time that I’ll delve into Google+ and Pinterest and find you there?

 

Watch this space.  I know there are great things coming soon enough.

 

 

Tell me, what’s your best computer organization and/or time management tip that might help me get through this transition period faster!

 

 

 

I Needed A Time Out

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Balance, Fitness | 17 Comments

There are days that I don’t want to do a thing – not get out of bed, not workout, not get out of my pajamas and certainly not take care of any of my responsibilities pertaining to myself or my family.

Relaxation, Time Out, Rest DAy

Time Out: A bath and a drink is one way – Image: Crises_CRS

In the days before I was a parent, I heeded the warning call of the need for a “time out” and did not a bloody thing all damned day.  Those days were glorious – I stayed in pajamas, ate whatever I chose (and usually in larger amounts than I needed) and binged on movies or television all day long.  There were times I even took sick days from work to do absolutely nothing.

I have depressive tendencies and sometimes instead of fighting them, I just give in.  It isn’t productive in the sense of getting things done but it does do something.  It soothes my soul.  Removing myself from the chaos of life for a short time allows something within me to go slack(er) and clear my head of the constant buzz that are my senses working overtime (yes, an XTC quote).

This week, I really needed a “time out”.  I had been solo parenting for a number of days and the plethora of responsibilities rendered me into overload.  I wish I had the switch inside that would propel me to run or exercise when this happens.  Even the motivational sayings that cleverly promote the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of exercise do nothing to initiate the fundamental shift inside me that would the activate a healthier alternative to a “time out” from the real world.

LiveLifeHappy.com

Then I realize that my “time out” is healthy.  I’m listening to me – not the part of me that wants adrenalin, sweat, muscle development or cardiovascular conditioning but the part of me that wants and needs a special sense of zen that for me, exercise doesn’t provide.

I love being active but I also love not being active…sometimes.   As an over-analyzer, these types of days are hard.  I grapple with the desire for nothingness and the feelings of obligation to exercise.  There’s plenty of negativity.  I tune in, acknowledge the thoughts and feelings and then I move on.  Time has shown that if I give these demons their due, the vaporize but if I ignore them, they gain strength and they pull me down into the rabbit hole of depression.

So, like I do in exercise classes that are hard on my lower back, I modified.  It wasn’t a “time out” of old because the child and dog wouldn’t understand but I canceled a scheduled workout class, handled morning responsibilities pertaining to the dog and Wild Boy, did school drop-off and when I got home I made some hot chocolate, shut the curtains and the lights and sat down and watched a hell of a lot of episodes of “Parenthood”.

When school-pick up time came, I didn’t want to get up from the couch, take a shower and leave my reverie of slugdom to meet obligations but I did.  I soothed my soul a little bit and tomorrow, I think a yoga class will be in order.

Yoga, Relax, Time Out, Rest Day

Image: Mosabua

Yoga feeds me in a way no other form of exercise does.  Group Reformer Pilates classes are challenging and running can be glorious but there’s something entirely different about yoga.  Yoga really does feed me body and soul and I guess my “time out” let me know that it’s time for this dietitian to make a greater effort to be better nourished.

10 Main Takeaways From FitBloggin’

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #13in2013, Balance, Fitness, Social Media | 40 Comments

Hoping you all had a great holiday weekend!  I’ve been traveling a bit and I’ve been late in letting you all know about my #secretvacation (blog post pending) but this post is about my trip to Portland and my 10 Takeaways from Fitbloggin’.  This was a conference unlike any other I’ve ever attended.  Kia from Bodhibear.net said “that Fitbloggin is like walking into a hug” and she was absolutely right!  I was lucky to have been chosen as a LiveBlogger (and therefore my conference fee was complimentary) but would have paid to attend this fabulous conference anyway!  I’m already looking forward to FitBloggin 2014!

Portland, Fitbloggin

My 10 Main Takeaways From Fitbloggin’ Include: Read more

4 Things To Think About On Your 4th!

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Balance, Duran Duran | 4 Comments

Happy 4th of July!

It’s an unscheduled post day but today is special.  Today is a day to remember how lucky you might be to live in the United States, a country that allows all of us the freedom to think, do and be who we are.  If you live elsewhere, you can still take some time to reflect on how lucky you are as well.  Why not, right?

In ValentineRD style, I hope you take some time today to think about the 4 things that are at the heart (pun intended) of this blog: Read more

#13in2013 Half Year Check In

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #13in2013, Balance, Duran Duran, Fitness, Social Media, WundaWednesdays | 1 Comment

Sorry that this post is late today but I’ve been traveling a lot lately.   I just got back from the amazing Fitbloggin’ 13 in Portland, Oregon.  I have so much to share about my recent adventures that I need a few days to gather up all the fabulousness I’ve encountered on my #secretvacation and at Fitbloggin.

In attempt to be somewhat timely, (since 2013 is already half over – hello July 1st!) today we’re doing the quarterly check in on the progress being made with my #13in2013 goals.  My first quarter check in post is here.

#13in2013

Image: Jeriff Cheng

#13in2013 Goals: Read more

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