What does balance mean to you?
This was a hard one! Balanced for me is not saying "yes" to everything that comes my way. Learning to take on projects, jobs, or relationships because I want to, not because I should. It's taken years to shed a few commitments that my heart wasn't in, and slowly I find the pace is a little more sane. You just can't do it all. Balanced for me also means not feeling guilt when I spend time & attention on myself. Realizing how important self-care is and how that looks for me personally. Since getting divorced, self-care has become a big deal, but balance in my life has changed tremendously. All of the sudden I have half the week to myself, and between you and me, it's kind of awesome. I do miss giving myself to someone else as a partner in life, but it's also been fun to see what/how I choose to spend my time completely independently.
Time to brag...What do you kick butt at?
OH fart. I'm good at organizing a project or event, especially one that involves people. Pulling people in, getting 'em motivated, delegating roles, keeping it moving. I love thinking about social gatherings, how to bring people together.
I'm also good at giving gifts, or thoughtful gestures. I love when I know someone well enough to think of the perfect ways to appreciate them or give a unique gift they will love. Personalizing it as much as possible. And I love helping other people do this for the people in their lives.
You have many roles in life. How do you make space for yourself, your passions and interests?
Well, like I said above - I have half my week to myself these days! It looked very different before staying up most nights until 12/1am. I think my personal interests are actually really satisfied in many of the roles I have - so that's a win-win.
What challenges you?
This is a hard one too… you can think about this in a couple different ways. I could say, reading a long recipe challenges me… or running more than 3 miles. But I think you also mean, what motivates me? Deadlines motivate me. A good reputation motivates me - I care a lot about what others think. A sale motivates me. Being a good example for my son.
I think this is one that constantly changes and has shifted in big ways for me in the last year… I'm still figuring it out. :)