Living the Work/Life Balance

'Busy' seems to be the new buzz word these days. Everyone is so BUSY. Perhaps Busy is the new Normal and we all need to take a step back and reassess what we are doing in our lives to all be feeling this way. Is it where we live? What we try to take on? Or perhaps what we think is expected of us?

A year ago we left the city and started a new life in the country and that's when I noticed things were slowing down a bit. I had time to work in the garden, tend to the chickens (ha, I now have chickens?!) and even play a bit of golf. I didn't mind getting up at 6am in summer to be on the course by 6:30am and was still able to get a full day's work in. When and if I have to go into 'town' the drive is 45 minutes which gives me time to listen to my favorite Podcasts (more on this later). I get to the end of the day and still have the time and energy to make a nice dinner, spend time with my husband and if I'm really lucky, have a bath and read my book (kindle).

So what's changed? Technology means that we are able to work from home more easily these days. I tend to get up earlier so have more hours in the day to do the things I enjoy. I don't have to spend precious hours in the car commuting to work. I'm more organised and efficient. I answer emails from multiple devices (but try not to do work related emails in the evenings). I spend a lot of time in gumboots, not high heels (much better for your feet!) and don't spend anywhere near as much on clothes so the bank balance is looking healthier. I grow many of my own veges, live in a community where bartering is currency of choice and get plenty of exercise. Healthy heart, healthy mind.