Focusing on Balance in the New Year

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 8, 2018

Millennials work pretty hard if you ask me.

Most of my friends are working two jobs, or working full-time and going to grad school, or working full-time and pursuing a side business. I love to see all these amazing people chase their dreams and go after their goals. It’s incredible.

But also, I worry about this generation because we have normalized a busy scheduled. We have forgotten what it’s like to practice self care, take time to pursue slow living and live in the moment. We lose this sense of balance in our lives, and it’s time we make balance a priority in 2018. Instead of only focusing on your 9-5 job, make time to focus on everything that’s important to you.

Stop working 10-hour days, and make time for rest.

Stop isolating yourself, and make plans with people you love.

Stop ignoring your goals, and make them happen.

And I’m sure you’re wondering how you can make this happen.

Minimalism is how I achieve the ultimate balance in life. It’s how you’ll be able to work an eight-hour day, have time for self care, friends and family, vacation, and everything else that’s important to you.

How?

With minimalism, you’re removing all the non-essential things in your life to make room for all the essential things in your life including the goals you have for yourself. Minimalism helps you achieve your goals, so it’s a win-win situation for you and your life.

Related: Why Minimalism is Refreshing

After decluttering my home, I spend less time cleaning every day, so I have time to have a girl’s night with my friends, catch up with my family on FaceTime, blog, and take time for myself. After implementing positive habits in my life like meal prepping on Sundays, I don’t waste hours every day cooking and making meals each day, which leaves time for appointments, workouts, sleep, and wedding planning.

Does it take extra effort to plan shopping lists in advance and meal prep meals in one day? YES! But, the amount of time, energy, and money I save in the long run is more than worth it.

After planning productive weekdays, I can spend an entire Saturday in my bed without any guilt. There’s always room for recharging my mind and body. Giving yourself time to recharge is so important, especially since we have glorified the idea of busyness.

Instead of stressing yourself out with to-do lists longer than a short novel, start with minimalism. Remove what you don’t need to make room for the things you need. 

The benefits you’ll see after taking on a more minimalist lifestyle are life changing! Instead of always feeling the need to hustle, work another job, do another project we simply can’t take on—remind yourself that you deserve a break. Stay balanced in life. Remember to take care of yourself. Get check-ups regularly. Drink water. Get enough sleep each night. Do things you love. Minimalism allows you to stay balanced and grounded.

So, how will you be more balanced in 2018? Maybe you work an extra five hours a week, and you haven’t made yourself a meal in a week. So not only are you overworked, but you’re also not taking care of yourself. It’s time to stop the bad habits that busyness brings, and get minimalism, and intentional living in your life. Trust me when I say that you WON’T regret it.

It’s a new year, so I’m interested to hear on how you plan to live a more balanced life in 2018? What part of your life in unbalanced? What can you do to make it right? Make sure to share in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

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  • Ah Kiara, I’m so glad you’re talking about how you’re doing balance in the new year. It ca be overwhelming when you think about all the things we’re responsible for – work, family, a home, being healthy…the list goes on.

    I love your words on, “Stop working 10-hour days, and make time for rest.” Because I so rarely do this!

    • You deserve to rest, girl! Balance is key for that because without rest, you’re not going to feel energized or motivated to work on things you enjoy. Always remember to take time for yourself. ❤️

  • Courtney Heathcock

    This was a really good post to read to start out the new year! Really refreshing and a good reminder to slow down and find balance, not outweigh yourself!

    • Thank you SO much! I’m glad to hear it was refreshing to get you in the right mindset for 2018! Balance is always important to keep myself in check, so I’m happy this post helped others!

  • I love this! I am currently completing a Balanced Guide that I want to finish by the end of this month to try to add more balance and mindfulness into my daily life!

  • Parul G

    What a lovely read Kiara! And a completely new approach to achieving the right balance in life. I never though about the ‘Minimalist’ approach when it came to balancing. But it makes so much sense! I would also say by adopting minimalism (literally needing less things), we can make our lives so much easier and spend time doing what makes us really happy instead being stuck in a life-sucking job just to earn those extra bucks for things that we don’t actually need.

    Cheers!
    Parul | http://girlinchief.com

    • I couldn’t agree with you more! Minimalism is definitely a key point to finding balance in life because then we have more time for the things we enjoy! I’m so happy that others could relate to this because it’s somehing I’ve felt strongly about since bringing minimalism into my life more this last year.

  • Yes, I loved this post. Such a great read!

  • A timely reminder! Yes -it is far easier with a minimalist mind-set. Easier on so many fronts and I thank my mother for instilling it in her practices with 7 of us children. Thanks for your inspiring post! Loved it.

    • Thanks you for your wonderful comment. I do agree minimalism helps with this because you have more time for yourself when you remove the unnecessary things from your life. Glad you were able to relate to this!

  • These are such great tips! Balance is so important and these are great ways to achieve that!

  • Good tips! Balance can be so important. I’m trying to balance family life and blogging right now.

    • Yes. We are all definitely in a balancing act, so it’s important to find what matters most to you, so you can find balance with those priorities.

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