July 2022: Let's Balance.

Published: July 7, 2022

by CurlyRed president and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig

Do you feel like you have a little too much on your plate right now? Because I sure do.

My sister-in-law recently made the kind comment that I'm really good at the work-like balance thing, and as much as I would love to believe her, I'm pretty sure that's not true (at least not in this moment).

For the past few months, I've woken up with an immediate running to-do list that seems to grow each day, no matter what I accomplish the day before. This is most likely due to the following:

• CurlyRed is (and has been) growing and quite busy.
• I have two school-aged children that want to do fun, summery things with me and my husband.
• I'm a lead in a musical that opens next weekend.
• We have friends and family visiting off and on, and several summer birthdays to celebrate!
• Even though my presidency of the Garrett County Arts Council just ended, there are a few non-profit organizations to which I still give time and energy.
• I have a few exciting but time-consuming professional developments in the works (stay tuned!).

All of this adds up to that feeling of not having enough hours in the day.

I don't have any real advise this month, just sharing my truth in the hope that it resonates with some of you and that you might feel less alone. This is a particularly hectic season, but I know deep down that it's just that—a season that will pass.

Until then, I will do my best to carve out as much time as possible to enjoy my husband and daughters, the beautiful weather of this season, and the wonderful summer activities happening all over Garrett County. Because that time is a true gift, a blessing, and in the end, way more important than my to-do list.

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Monthly words to remember:

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”

—Brian Dyson, former Vice Chairman and COO of Coca-Cola

 


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