Finding balance is a never-ending challenge in life. It seems that no matter how hard we try, we always have more things pile up on our plate. Last year, my husband Dave and I took on one of the busiest travel schedules of our careers. We crisscrossed the globe doing projects and going on adventures for our travel blog, ThePlanetD, and left very little room for anything else in our lives. The business grew beautifully and beyond our wildest dreams, but we realized that we didn’t take care of ourselves.
As the end of the year approached, we stopped to take a long, hard look at the direction our lives were taking and knew that something had to give. There was no way we could keep up this pace of work and travel without burning out. With Dave fracturing two vertebrae when he took a fall in the Peruvian Amazon last November, we were even more conscious about living each day to the fullest. Once he came home from the hospital, we started setting aside time for each other, and time to visit friends and family. The past three months have been some of the most fulfilling we’ve had in a couple of years and we haven’t even left our home province of Ontario, Canada.
You see, in 2009 we started a travel blog and began pursuing our dream of traveling the world full time. Since then, we’ve put 150 percent into making our passion a reality and creating a business that we hope to be able to do for the rest of our lives. Like anyone that starts his or her own business, we sunk every spare moment into making it a success. Over the past couple of years, we’ve finally enjoyed the fruits of our labor and have witnessed a positive income, and recognition in our field. Our travel careers have taken off, but our personal lives have suffered.
I think it’s true for many people that, often times, when one aspect of life is going well, others tend to suffer. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We feel that a good life is a well-balanced life, and we believe that you can have it all. It just takes a little bit of planning and organization. That’s why we’ve decided to make a conscious effort to find balance in the year 2015.
It’s our goal to find a middle ground where we can continue to grow and succeed with our business, but to also maintain our health, have fun outside the world of travel, and to make time to nurture our relationship.
We were chatting with TripIt last year about this and found that we weren’t the only people feeling this way. It seems that a lot of the feedback they get is that they need help with time management and finding balance. Everyone is beginning to feel overwhelmed as the digital age takes over our lives and it’s important to step back, take a breath, and re-evaluate.
For the next three months, it’s going to be our mission to start creating healthy habits that we can maintain for the rest of our lives. We’re slowing down our travel schedule and saying no to travel plans. We’re going to stay in places longer and take more time between flights. Projects can wait a month or so, we don’t have to jump on a plane each and every week of the year. We’re also going to stick to our guns and turn off our computers when the day is over. We’re going to create a reasonable workout plan that doesn’t scare us into giving up too soon, and we’re going to set aside some “me time” to reconnect and have fun.
This experiment will be shared right here on TripIt’s blog as well as on our own blog, ThePlanetD, where we’ll give you updates on how we’re doing. We’ll be sharing tips and tricks that we learn along the way, and if you’re looking for more balance in your life, we’ll be offering support and encouragement on our social media channels. I’m sure it won’t all be sunshine and roses, but we’re going to be honest and let you know what needs improvement and what we did to overcome obstacles, and just how easy it is to find balance in life if you set your mind to it. Because everyone can use a little more time to stop and smell the roses.