Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Stream of Consciousness: Work - how do we find that perfect balance in life?

So for two weeks now I've been back to the 9-5(ish) working life and I have to say I have mixed feelings about it all. I've been thinking about work a lot lately, what I want to do in that area, what structure makes me happy, how we balance work and life and still do everything we hope to do. There is something about working in a foreign country when you're there for the experience that definitely makes work more enjoyable. It becomes a cultural experience as well, it doesn't feel so....serious somehow even though I still work just as hard as I do back home. I'm lucky enough to be working with a very nice group of expats and that makes it a lot of fun, but suddenly having my days structured, my free time taken after a wonderful three month break has been challenging. How are people supposed to balance it all? How do they do it? I don't even have a partner or kids to worry about and yet I never seem to have the time I need to get everything done. And I want to do so much. I want to be blogging so much more. I want to keep traveling tons and blogging about these travels. I want to be improving my photography skills. I want to finish writing the novel I started. I want to cook wonderful creative and healthy meals every night and try new recipes all the time. I want to work out every day and join a sports team. I want to play my saxophone in a band again. I want to keep teaching English as well as working for a market research company during the day, plus take on private students and also study German intensively. I want to spend time with people. I want to get to know Hamburg much better. I want to talk to people back home and write to them consistently. I want to volunteer for a worthy cause. I want to climb mountains. I want to ski. I want to run a half marathon. Phew....I'm exhausted just writing this all. I love so many things in life. I have many passions and many things that are important to me. So when I come home from a day of work and German class and I'm exhausted and can just barely find some food and then collapse for a few hours and I don't get any more done, I feel mad at myself. But then, this is life. You can only do so much. What is the answer to all this? What is the magical balance?
This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

1. Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
2. Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
3. Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
4. Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
5. Link up your post. 6. Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.


marianne said...

I hear you! I've been struggling with the same thing for the last year, since I started my full-time job.

Kristi said...

Of course it often comes down to money, right? Or some kind of stability of income....but I feel that there is someway to find a better balance! :)