It's that time of the month again, where we let our intern, Arin, take over Nourish with her insight and wisdom into being an almost-adult!
Balance. I can’t tell you how many times in the last four years someone has said ‘make sure you have a good balance’ and for a while I just nodded my head in agreement and continue on with my day. Balance is this weird concept where until you figure it out, it won’t make sense...so bear with me.
Until this year, I definitely had my priorities a bit imbalanced, and to be honest, I still work daily on making sure I give enough time to the various aspects of my life. I think what changed in the past year was various experiences that have made me grow up. Be it traveling alone or having jobs and internships that required me to stay accountable to even just having a group of friends that grew, each of these things has created a need for balance.
When it comes to my life now, and this is by no means the answer, I try to make sure that each week I spend time working on my personal growth, academic well being and career success. I’ll break each of these down in a minute, but let me preface it by saying that I’m single so my life may look a bit different than someone in a relationship.
What has worked for me in the past six months has been making sure that I reach out to someone every few days that I might not see regularly. These little conversations have made relationships easier to maintain with those who aren’t living down the street from me. At the same time, I’ve also made sure that I give myself an hour of ‘me time’ each day, be it at the gym or in bed reading a book.
From an academic and career standpoint, I’ve started to shift from focusing all my energy into the classwork I have to job searches and preparing for what happens after graduation. This balance was tricky to get the hang of initially, since I don’t want grades to slip, but working on my organization and using all the calendar tools and resources I have have made it easier.
The last piece of this balance puzzle has been figuring out how to save time where I can, and spend time where it needs to be spent. Tools like meal prepping, planning out a calendar with ‘empty blocks’ and making social events serve a dual purpose have helped. Lisa and I will break down meal prepping, scheduling your calendar and the tips to social events in the coming months, but my advice for now is to start making notes of where you might be falling short in life and take a step back to evaluate where you can commit a bit more or a bit less time. Even the smallest change can make the biggest impact.