Today I am incredibly honored to introduce the absolutely adorable Miss Jamie Delaine as our guest blogger extraordinaire serving up today’s piping hot batch o’ Pancakes! I’ve adored Jamie for a long time now, and anyone who has ever met her will instantly understand why. She is genuine and caring and she possesses a quiet grace that instantly puts you at ease. And on top of that, she’s a pretty kick butt business woman to boot. I’ve been following along with Jamie on Twitter for a while now (and if you’re not following her yet, you totally SHOULD!! Go ahead just click that link right there and hit follow. I’ll wait.) and what I’ve been most impressed with lately is how, at such a young age, she really seems to have a grasp on keeping life balance in the midst of running her business. Whether she’s talking about going for a run, eating a healthy breakfast, or laughing til her belly hurts with friends…..this girl just has it together. And that commitment to taking care of the things that matter most just seems to be fueling her business to grow even faster.
So yea, I think we ALL have something to learn from this “young” entrepreneur. Ha, ha…get it :) Without further ado, Miss Jamie Delaine!!
routinely finding balance.
i’ve struggled with finding balance in my life. for years that word hasn’t been in my vocabulary. exercise? oh, sure, let me not move my butt at all or let me move it for two hours a day. nothing in between. i should eat fruit? oh perfect, i’ll have five apples a day [no joke] and not just one. dark chocolate? i won’t buy it for months and then i’ll eat almost the whole bar over the course of one day. starting a photography business at age sixteen? let me work around the clock here to make this company successful—everything else can wait.
i know every business owner struggles with balance. the balance of six o’clock in the morning alarm clocks vs. sleeping in [we work for ourselves! c’mon!], taking a lunch break vs. working at your desk with lunch, spending that spare hour you happen to find in your schedule going out for coffee with an industry professional vs. catch-up time with your best friend. we have choices to make everyday; choices that affect our business, our physical & mental health, our relationships, our lives. i don’t claim to have this life figured out. however, from my experience, here are a few little things that have helped me stay balanced.
one: quality, not quantity.
in my life, i’ve been blessed with an amazing church full of some incredible people. i have a handful of people that truly inspire and challenge me to be a more well-rounded person on a weekly basis. when it comes to scheduling, i try to think “quality, not quantity” — i can’t have coffee with everyone. who are the people that lift you up, inspire you? schedule time with those people, to fill you up, so that when you need to “give out” you have something to give.
two. ignore everyone.
it’s true; sometimes, you just gotta get alone. introverted or extraverted, alone time is an important part of every day. i do my best to start every morning with breakfast and my bible. after breakfast, i try and spend some time in prayer. i don’t always stick to this: a certain morning might get crazy, so evenings are best, right before bed. it comes down to this: find that quiet time to breathe.
three. move your butt.
i believe so strongly in physical activity. if i go even forty-eight hours without a run or a speedwalk i feel… restless. restless, frustrated, out of balance. i personally love working out at the end of the work day; i try to finish work around 3:30PM or 4:00PM and hit the gym on the way home. home by dinnertime, showered and ready for the evening. start somewhere. actually take your lunch break today and go for a forty-minute walk. so good.
four. unplug the world.
twitter, facebook, email, google reader, to-do list, google calendar. i get very overwhelmed some days when i wake up & realize i don’t remember the last day i went without reading my twitter feed. seriously? why? in all honesty, i am learning more and more that i want to live my life unplugged. i fasted twitter & facebook for a week in january and i felt so rested. not to mention, extremely productive. i checked big work projects off my list like they were going outta style! the constant interruption is a huge distraction to productivity. i’m currently trying to implement one or two days a week: twitter & facebook free. i still can’t escape that email.
five. work isn’t everything.
i don’t live to work. i work to live. this winter i spent a lot of time journalling and brainstorming about why it is i actually do what i do. for a few years, i don’t think i had a clear answer to that. i do now. i work to be able to bless people and organizations with my money. i work to be able to take time off: to travel, to spend time at my church, to invest my time into people, youth in my youth group. i have my own business to have a free schedule; to be able to spend a day or two a week investing into the lives of others–not building my own life. i believe firmly that the things of this earth will pass away someday & nothing will be eternal except for our souls. when you have that perspective and continually re-focus your work, life, priorities through that viewpoint, things become a lot easier to let go of. it’s all temporary… so breathe! :)
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