That balance thing…

A while ago I wrote about finding balance. There was too much going on in my head and too many things I wanted to do, something had to give. Your feedback helped, I prioritised the things that were important to me as well as being ones I could realistically accomplish. My health is important, at 45 and with a family history of bowel and breast cancer, I am becoming more aware of what I eat. Although I haven’t gone the whole hog in quitting sugar I have reduced my intake and I’m eating more whole foods rather than reaching for what is convenient. This has been a relatively easy step to take and experimenting with new recipes has been fun, plus it makes me feel better.

I put ‘The Artist’s Way’ and ‘The Barefoot Investor’ aside for now, although with a restructure looming at work I may need the finance advice more than anything else on my bookshelf. The weekly online photography course with David duChemin has also taken a bit of a back seat but not because I’m not interested, I’m just a little distracted and finding it hard to focus (pardon the pun). What I am doing is following David’s advice from the first week of the course which was to care deeply about your subject or be deeply curious. It wasn’t difficult to think of something that I care deeply about and as a result, I have been taking my camera to the shelter each weekend and photographing some of the dogs. In doing this, I am becoming more familiar with my camera and thinking about the end goal rather than just taking aim and shooting. Not all dogs make it easy, there are plenty of missed opportunities, blurry faces and lots of close-ups of their nose or chest as they jump up at me while taking the shot.

  • Zeus the Staffy X
  • Baloo the Labrador X
  • Merlin the Wolfhound X
  • Beau the big dog
  • Tigger the staffy
  • Axel the dog
  • Bluey the Kelpie
  • Dee Dee the greyhound
  • Danny the neo-mastiff

Art class, like volunteering, is non-negotiable. It is 2-3 hours a week where I can focus on drawing and hang out with like-minded people. Art helps shift my brain from worrying about the pettiness of a toxic workspace to thinking about the shade of blue needed to make those hills recede into the background. My trolley of art materials is fully loaded and I have finished one surprise pet illustration and have two landscapes on the go, and potential commissions waiting in the wings. Hubby and Bundy make the most of the peace and quiet by sharing the floor space in front of the television for a weekly dose of rugby league.

Have I found balance? Yes, to some degree but there is still more I want to achieve and I’m hoping that the cooler weather will help. The hot and humid weather really wore me down, zapping my energy and my motivation. Thanks again for the helpful advice. Have a great week!


7 thoughts on “That balance thing…

  1. Ogee March 28, 2017 / 12:39 am

    Those beautiful, soulful, puppy eyes. A great way to combine your passion for rescue with your amazing photography. Here’s to balance…and to Baloo! I’m in love. ❤

    • Two Black Dogs March 28, 2017 / 10:22 am

      They just pull you in don’t they? It has been such a pleasure to be able to combine two things I love. Baloo made it easy for me 🙂

  2. colinandray March 28, 2017 / 1:23 am

    Knowing what is really important to you, and scheduling time slots accordingly is a very important step. Congratulations! Now all you have to do is maintain a balance when other interests are presented you to. Is that the time for you to adapt your schedule, or should you simply so no at that time. Only you will know the right answer! 🙂

    • Two Black Dogs March 28, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Thank you! I’m generally not an impulsive person but I often struggle saying no. Taking the time to reflect and prioritise really helps with making a decision about what projects or activities to take on. 🙂

  3. restlessjo April 2, 2017 / 8:23 am

    It sounds a good mix, Sam. Stress never helps with health issues but it’s not so easy to avoid. You’ve made time for things you enjoy and that’s important. 🙂 🙂

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