Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Imbalanced Interview

I was searching the internet for blogging prompts, and I came across this page that I thought was fairly appropriate for my current situation. This Blogher Writing Lab had a theme of balance for the month of January and they had a prompting question for each weekday. I decided instead of using each question as a prompt for an entire post, that I would just give short answers to a select handful of the questions on the imbalances within my life. I also apologize for my absence in commenting during the last week, it was another one of those off-weeks for me, hence the perfection of finding these questions about balance :)

Do you think you have a decent work/life balance?

No, I think if I could work part time, I would achieve a lot more in what I actually want to do, like writing, sewing, and organizing the house. And financially, working part time would still be reasonable for me, if only my manager would agree to it…

What helps you stay focused on work while you're at work or home while you're at home?

Honestly, when I’m at work, I’m usually thinking about being home. But my job is just a job, it is not a career that requires projects or meetings to prepare for. One of the few good things about my job is that I can leave without having to worry about “homework.”

Do you feel you have to be available at all times? How has this affected your down time?

I think I may lean too much in the opposite direction. I feel the need for a lot of down time and turn down invitations more often than not.

Do you set conscious limits with your personal screen time in order to balance the online and offline world?

Oddly enough, I do set conscious limits on my Facebook time, but not really in other areas of the internet, such as blogging (in which I’ve developed a sort of all or nothing habit) or YouTube, Buzzfeed, etc. (where I spend entirely too much unmonitored time).

If time and money wasn't an object, what would be your chosen form of exercise?

I would swim all the time if I had a huge, indoor pool with a diving board and a slide. I would also like to go canoeing or kayaking on a regular basis.

Do you prefer to work out alone or with a friend?

I would definitely prefer to run with a friend, but I don’t mind cardio alone.

How do you balance taking care of your health with all the other stressors of life?

I do not balance out my own health as much as I should. I think about it once in a while when I buy groceries or choose not to eat out. I have been slacking off on running and I should probably consider signing up for a 5k again. When it comes to my spiritual health, I find that starting the day with prayer and Bible study helps me to feel better throughout the day.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)


  1. This was a good one with the questions. Enjoyed reading your answers. Swimming is a great form of exercise, provided one has the spot to be able to do it :) Currently I'm still okay working 40 hours a week; I would imagine perhaps in a few years I might want to consider part time. I'm terrible about the hours of day I put in front of a computer screen :)


    1. Betty, when I was a kid, my family had a really nice pool and swimming was one of my favorite things to do. The last few years I have not been able to swim very often because there are not many pools, just the lake, which I find a bit gross to swim in.

  2. Balance is a hard thing for all of us, I see. I prefer working out alone. My exercise partner last year weighed me down with all her problems. Have a great day.

    1. Mary, it is hard to find balance and also hard to find a decent exercise partner. That's part of the reason I haven't been running very much.

  3. It'd seem we are on opposite ends of the spectrum. After a 3 day weekend, I was ready to return to work. Then again, I spent the weekend at home, potty-training my son. My daughter constantly asked if we could go here or go there, and I told her I wasn't going anywhere. With the combined energy of a 2yo and 5yo bombarding me non-stop for three days straight throughout all hours of the day, I had to escape.

    I'm not cut out to be a stay-at-home parent, so work is great for me. Screen time is near non-existent when I'm at home, because my kids require too much attention that I don't even attempt to divide my focus anymore. I have to get up before anyone is awake if I want to use my computer. Exercise is good. My husband watches the kids while I run with my sis-in-law three times a week, and my daughter participates when I do my 5-minute Sworkit.

    Focus at work? Well... I am commenting on a blog right now.

    But I do limit my blogging/visiting to just Wednesday. ^_^

    It was great getting to know more about you.

    1. Thanks Loni! I'm sure if I had two kids that young, I would not be as excited about being home; they are cute at that age but also very demanding of your constant full attention. But for now, home is peaceful for me and my cats :) And I work in a pharmacy with demanding patients who sometimes act like toddlers, lol.

  4. These were really excellent questions and they do make you think about a lot of things. Sometimes we are so mundane in our daily lives we don't "see" what we are doing to ourselves.

    1. I agree, Barb. We get so caught up in repetitive, busy routines that we miss out on actually "living."


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