I’d rather have a great life than a balanced life. A stint in the corporate world landed me in half a dozen conversations about the importance of finding the appropriate work/life balance. These conversations made me want to walk out the office, find a park, and enter Garurasana.
I started working incredibly long hours after I quit my job last May. The freedom and creativity that came with pursuing projects I was passionate about, rather than simply paid to do, was endlessly inspiring. Now, I truly want to be working, creating, and designing.
If you’re anything like me, your best ideas coming while you’re washing your hair or running around the lakes – so the things that matter, the things that you’re pursuing, need to be constantly on your mind. If you truly want it, you can’t just be 75% focused.
If you’re begrudgingly working a 9-5 to pay the bills, then use your evenings to build a career you’re passionate about. Need to take classes after a long day of work? Go for it. It’ll be worth it in a few months. The goal might seem time consuming now, but remember that the time will pass anyway, and you might as well use the current moment to build a promising future.
Time spent pursuing your goals won’t seem like work. There will be struggles and challenges, yes, but that is part of the story. Try, fail, learn, and then try again better.
If you truly want something, break with balance and strive for it with all your heart.
My yoga outfit was designed by Emma and Sarah, two girls so passionate about yoga and fashion that they created their own clothing line, MAI I AM. MAI I AM sounds fun, and the philosophy behind the brand is even better: it’s built from their mantra, ‘I am enough,” and suggests that loving yourself, as you are, will bring you the most peace.