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Finding Balance ~ #UpbeatAuthors

"Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy." ~Robert Tew

This week on Upbeat Authors we're attempting to offer tips on how to find balance in life. As someone who struggles with it daily, I'm hardly in a position to offer tips of my own. Authors struggle to find time for their writing and for their real life, but this isn't unlike what almost every other person who has multiple passions, hobbies, and careers face. However, there are a few things I've learned over the past few years, and when I recently "allowed" myself to adopt these practices into my routine, I found what resembles a balanced life.

  • Set specific goals and don't be afraid to dream big, but on balance, don't let yourself become overwhelmed with trying to do everything.

  • Prioritize what's most important and don't be afraid to let some of those less-important dreams go.

  • Stop comparing your life, your progress, and your goals to others. Trying to live up to an idealized version of someone or something that isn't real and will only stall your progress.

  • Disconnect in the evenings and over the weekends. Stepping away from computers, phones, and meaningless gadgets will give you more time with family, friends, or time to achieve some of those goals and dreams you've mapped out.

  • Don't be afraid to say "No!" If it's not essential, doesn't help you grow or add value to your life, let it go. As Robert Tew said, "Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy." To me, this is the key to finding balance.

What do you do to find balance?

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Award-winning author MK McClintock writes historical romantic fiction about chivalrous men and strong women who appreciate chivalry, like those in her Montana Gallagher, British Agent, and Crooked Creek series. She enjoys a quiet life in the northern Rocky Mountains. 
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