Nailing the Balance Between Play and Responsibility

Emilie Hoffman, mind/body guide

I have at many points in my life not looked forward to my weekend because I couldn't find a balance between play and responsibility. 

1. I would be pulled in so many directions with obligations, over-scheduling, and crossed boundaries all week that I had to do all of my personal responsibility self-care stuff all weekend and didn't have time or energy for play. 

2. I totally ignored my personal responsibility self-care stuff and did a bunch of random whatever "fun" things, but it never felt that fun and didn't recharge me because the whole time my personal responsibilities were nagging me from the back of my mind. 

Does this sound at all familiar, and if so, have you been telling yourself that it's happening because you're bad at organizing, you're too easily overwhelmed, or you just suck at doing life?

Well, here are some other possibilities to consider:

You're conflating responsibility and commitment with...

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In Praise of Relaxing, and How To Do It

Emilie Hoffman             mind/body guide

Have you ever kept a log of the circumstances under which your best ideas arise?

I'm a really creative person. I'm also a mom of a toddler with my own business, three pets, a house, and a I have lots of responsibilities that demand a lot of time and attention.

I can tell you for 100% fact that my best ideas do not come when I'm worrying about stuff, trying to take care of other people, or doing chores at lightening speed with the determination of someone who only has a two hour nap window to clean half a house. 

Every creative epiphany I've had comes when I let go of my agenda for day-to-day life. 

My ideas come when I'm standing in the shower leisurely washing my hair. They come when I'm gazing into the trees surrounding my back deck, and when I'm laying next to my kid after he's fallen asleep. 

Because, finally, there is space to create freely. Not to "fix" something,...

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