Casual over 2 years ago by Liz Adams

Finding Balance and Being Happy

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Sometimes it feels like social media runs my world. I have to post at a certain time, I have to respond, I have to be present, I have to plan my next post, I have to create more content, I have to converse, I have to keep up – it really has become this game that is hard to play. Before this weekend I knew I wanted to put my phone down and really let myself enjoy some girl time. I needed it and that is just what I did. But WHY do you let yourself have time to yourself and immediately feel behind as soon as you step back into reality? Everyone probably feels like this regardless of your profession. It is a common theme in a fast paced world. We really need to remind ourselves that we deserve to take a break. I’m realizing just how important finding the balance between work and play is to my general happiness. 

So, what makes you happy? A few things that make me happy: enjoying a hot cup of coffee by myself, my record player, freshly cleaned sheets, Charlie’s laugh, realizing that I haven’t looked at my phone in hours, lying on the couch with Dave, reading, exercising, thinking about the future of my family and spending time with the ones I love. 

*To be clear, I am not complaining. My job is social media and I thank God everyday for letting me do what I love and take care of Charlie at the same time. It is something I will never ever take for granted. I’m just sharing my experience in case you maybe relate on some level. 

Outfit details: Zara Leather Jacket (similar here and here), Zara Sweater (similar here and here), Frame Denim, Golden Goose Sneakers, Gucci Bag, NARS Lip Color in Jungle Red

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  1. Love, love, love this post, Liz. Thank you for sharing how you feel. I totally feel that we are the same – I’m not good at taking time out for myself away either. It is good for the soul though. I’m so pleased you had a great weekend & I simply LOVE your blog!
    A few thing I love are: a hot coffee by myself (totally agree with you on that), a great slice of cake, reading a great book, my exercise routine barre3, seeing my little girl at her happiest & of course my loved ones!
    Have a great day Liz xo

  2. I love this post! One for the fashion but two for your honesty! It can be so easy to consume your whole life with social media and trying to keep up. Appreciate that you stepped back more this weekend to enjoy. I need to do that more often for sure!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  3. I can totally relate! I went on a girls trip with my sister and a friend a few weekends back which is something I never do since I spend so much time with my husband on the weekends. It was so nice and much needed so see a new city with a fun group of gals. Quiet mornings with my husband, good conversation with family/friends, going on a run, travel, and oh – cozy slippers, pjs, and a face mask to relax every once in a while are all things that make me happy on the regular!

    Kristin

    http://www.tweedandlace.com

  4. I can totally relate, Liz. I’m a PhD student and it seems like I’m always behind on something, even when I’ve just finished the last thing on my list. There’s always something to do! And I never seem to find that time when I’m ahead of things… But I guess that’s what makes the simple, little things that bring us joy that much more special. Mine are sipping a latte and blogging at a coffee shop, cleaning my apartment with HGTV on in the background, and making breakfast on Saturday morning. They may be small and infrequent, but prioritizing them every once in a while makes a world of difference. Keep it up girl! So glad to hear you took the weekend off!

    Kristin
    http://www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

  5. Definitely feel the same way, Liz! The stuff I really enjoy in life usually means being present and savoring the moment, disconnected from technology. That being said, I am very grateful for all that technology and social media have brought to my life. So, it’s careful balance to find! Glad you got some time away this weekend though– I adore Montréal!!

  6. Totally agree with you on all points! It’s hard for me to put the phone down or get up from my home office desk after being at work all day long. But when I actually do, and ya know, read a book or get to the gym, I feel SO good! It really is all about balance and making time for it.

    PS: I have this sweater too and I’m IN LOVE! How cozy is it?!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  7. This post has come at a good time for me – my internet is broken at home (it’s not been working since last Friday morning!), which has meant a technology-detox, even if I didn’t volunteer for it.

    I miss it, but it’s also made me realise how much time we fritter away on it, and also how in command of us social media is. You’re right – pressure to create more, converse more, be available – it’s all there when we have wi-fi & our phone in our hand.

    I’ve found that what’s made me happy lately is: chatting to my boyfriend when we first wake up rather than scrolling through Facebook. Reading a book for ten, twenty or thirty minute stretches, not just a page at a time. Staring out the window and admiring the review and just realising that my brain doesn’t need to be occupied to be happy!

    I’m the same as you though – I love social media, and I’m hoping social media and digital writing will be my full time job at some point: but there’s definitely an argument for taking a break, or putting less ‘digital’ on our plates to begin with. It’s been good for me to reassess!

    Thank you for sharing & for giving me something to chat with you about 🙂

    Flora
    http://www.theeverchanginghome.com

  8. This post was perfect timing! I myself was celebrating at my (soon-to-be) sister’s bachelorette party this past weekend and it was the BEST reminder to put myself first! Between husband, job and 3 little girls it is so very hard to do that but I felt amazing when I got home and made me appreciate the life I came home to even more!

  9. I totally understand! I work from home and get anxiety every time I hear the phone ring and I can’t/don’t answer – even if it is seriously outside of business hours (someone called at 8:45pm last night!). I just wrote this morning about how I needed a “Mommy Time Out” this weekend. I was just mentally exhausted and needed a few hours away from the house to myself. And it worked like a charm!

    https://hotmesscoolday.wordpress.com

  10. I feel similarly, Liz! You are so good at what you do that when you’re not present for one minute people are probably looking for you! I’m glad you took some time to write down what makes you happy. Slowing down and realizing these things is so important.
    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

  11. Perhaps because your job IS social media it is even more important to take breaks. Most people can easily separate from their job on the weekend and take a brain break — social media is always with you and never stops. It makes perfect sense that you would feel refreshed (and need to be refreshed!) by leaving it for the week day. Your readers support all this! Don’t feel like you need to apologize for maintaining your sanity. 🙂

  12. Well said! I enjoy your posts and blog so very much because you are so real and relatable. Finding the balance between professional life and personal life, especially with a young child, is so challenging. Thank you for your valuable insights and well-said words!