As a dietitian, I’m used to talking and writing about having balance as it relates to our diets. A balanced diet is important for good health. Sure, there are times when we go overboard on certain things, but to balance it out we look at everything in our diet and make adjustments to keep things centered. However, that is not the type of balance I want to address. My thoughts today are about life balance. As moms, especially, how do we juggle, or balance, all the different hats we wear in our lives? Is it important to live a balanced life? Is it even possible?
Moms have many responsibilities in many different areas. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with to-do lists, commitments, activities, deadlines, and family responsibilities. It makes me tired just thinking about it! I know when I start feeling overwhelmed and out of balance, my stress level goes up. Does yours?
Stress has wide reaching effects. Health-wise it may affect blood pressure, and negatively affect our eating habits or physical activity, to name a few. Relationships with our spouse, children, friends, and co-workers can suffer from lack of attention and grumpy attitudes. When I look at it this way, a balanced lifestyle sure seems important. I picture someone with a balanced life as being more productive, having their priorities in line, experiencing less unhealthy stress, and having healthier relationships. But is it possible?
I would like to think so, but it will take work. There are many self-help articles out there with suggestions on how to achieve balance in your life: rearrange your schedule, cut back on things, get more sleep . . . and the list goes on. All too often, though, the tips, while worthwhile, focus on the outside and do not adequately address our center – our inner life; and the center, according to the author of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom, is key.
Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom is a book any mom, or woman for that matter, should read and have on her bookshelf. The author, Tricia Goyer, does an outstanding job outlining how she “does it all,” or rather, doesn’t do it all. She is a prolific author and speaker, homeschooling mom of six, and leads a weekly support group for teenage mothers. Yet she’s authentic and down-to-earth, giving you a glimpse of her life on the other side of the screen – the things she has struggled with in her journey toward a balanced life and how she has dealt with them. In fact, she fully admits that she hasn’t figured out the perfect balance. For those of us in the daily grind of life, I find that encouraging, bringing hope into the chaotic world in which we live. Her faith in Jesus is her core and strength in working toward a life of balance; and while she provides tips and ideas on how to balance one’s daily life, she also challenges the reader to work on their inner life.
This book is only available as an e-book. It is around 100 pages, making it an easy weekend read for the busy mom. Most of the chapters, eleven in all, include a “pause and reflect” and “tips from the trenches” sections. I found those very useful, prompting me to examine the balance in my own life. The tips are practical and helpful.
Are you longing for more balance in your life? This book would be valuable and encouraging in your quest for more balance, and I have copy (as an e-book) from the author and Litfuse Publicity to give away today! This includes two other books by the author: A Christmas Gift for Rose (Amish fiction), and Where Treetops Glisten (WWII fiction). After all, sitting down with a cup of tea and a good book is a great way to relax and relieve a little stress. To enter, leave a comment below sharing what you struggle with when it comes to balance in your life.
- The giveaway will be open through 11:30 PM CST, Sunday, December 14, 2014.
- One winner will be chosen via Random.org.
- The winner will be notified by private email and announced here at a later date.
- The giveaway is open only to US residents ages 18 and older. Entrants must provide a valid email to enter.
- Only one comment per household.
- The winner will receive one copy each of the following three books:
Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom (winner will receive this e-book as a PDF) by Tricia Goyer
Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer
- The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond with the requested information. If the original winner does not respond with 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.
***I received a free copy of this book from the author to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The review expressed is my own honest opinion and is based on my observations while reading this book. The author, Tricia Goyer, and Litfuse Publicity are generously providing and shipping the giveaway package.
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Congratulations to our winner: Mommar6 (number 2 below)!