Websters Dictionary defines balance as "equality of distribution." This means giving the same energy to both sides. For me this concept is always a challenge, giving appropriately to all things without overdoing it in one area. As a Realtor it's easy to overdo. Our job is often seven days a week. We work weekdays and weekends, anytime all the time. We can easily let this work consume us where we have no personal life or time for family.
What I have learned is to take that personal time whenever the opportunity arises. It may be on a Sunday morning when the phone is not ringing off the hook, that I can steal some down time with the family, make breakfast together, go to church. It may be a snow day when house showings quiet down, that I have a chance to catch up on valuable reading or housework. Or like today, it's Tuesday morning and I just snuck away to a Yoga class at Villa Sport, my favorite local athletic club. Whatever the case, it's important to give back to myself so that I don't burn out and become one of those crusty old agents who complains about working all the time.
Longevity is my personal goal in this business. I want to do this work until I'm 75 years old. And the only way I will accomplish this is to pace myself, to not burn all my energy today and leave nothing for tomorrow. Pacing myself, giving back to my body and loved ones is how I manage to keep good balance in my life. Afterall, I plan to be a Realtor for another 28 years or so!