For more than 40 years, more and more women are working full time jobs and raising families. We are mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and friends. We do our best to have “it” all, but at what cost?

Now, more than ever before, we must pay attention to the quality of our lives.
Being better, faster, smarter is not a healthy, balanced way to live.

Think about this:

If you were to monitor one weekday in your life, what would it look like?

Would this sound familiar?

Wake up, take a shower, make breakfast, pack lunches, get dressed, get the kids out the door, and, if you’re lucky, get yourself to work with matching socks.
You get to work, make decisions all day, and at the end of the day it’s time to pick up the kids at school, figure out dinner, make dinner, help with homework, get the kids in the bath, do the dishes, maybe a load of laundry, and get the kids to bed.

You and your spouse share a wilted smile and connect if you still have any energy. Or maybe you grab a book and retreat to your bedroom.

Even if you don’t have children, chances are you’re still trying to cram too much “doing” into every day. Life is so much more than a list of things to do.

Are you making anytime for YOU or are you a borderline martyr?

Could you change your thinking to realize it’s okay to take some time for yourself? Allowing yourself an hour to go for a walk, get a pedicure or take a nap is alright. Not only is it okay, it’s actually necessary in order to be able to fully function in the other areas of your life.

I have a friend who is a working mother. She often complains that she never has time for herself. Yet when family and friends offer to give her a break, she declines. The excuse is she really can't be away from the kids or needs to complete some other chores etc. She’s become her own worst enemy.

We all can benefit from having a little part of the world carved out just for us.

We are so busy that we are not even fully present in our daily lives. Look at how many people are talking incessantly on cell phones, sitting in front of computers, hustling through drive-through coffee shops and flying from one task to another. Here's a thought, when was the last time you noticed the color of the person’s eyes that served you your last meal or handed over your dry cleaning? Bumping around getting one task done after another is NOT LIVING.

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Are you giving the best of yourself and all of your energy to your career and your boss?

2. At the end of the day, do you have anything left in your tank for you and your family?

3. Are you present in your daily life?

These are powerful questions to open the door to your reality.

Here are a few suggestions to get yourself back on center.

1. Create Joy

Find 10 things that make you happy every day. These things don’t need to rock your world.
Happiness can be found in: The sunrise, your children laughing, kindness, taste, touch, smell, etc.

2. Be Quiet

Schedule time each day to be peaceful. Being still for even 15 minutes can make a difference in your life.

3. Get Up and Move

Take a walk with your family, go to the gym at lunch, move your body in some way each day.

4. Spoil Yourself

Plan to treat yourself to a special extravagance once each month.
This could be dinner and a movie, a massage, a weekend getaway, a chance to sleep in.

5. Make time for your family

Create traditions, eat supper together, play together, take time to listen and learn about the people you love the most.

You can start living an authentic, balanced life today. Become aware of the areas in your life that may need a tune up. Creating and finding balance is a life long process. Why not start examining your life today? After all, your life is not a dress rehearsal.

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Author's Bio: 

For 15 years, Shann Vander Leek has inspired sales professionals and entrepreneurs. Telephone and email consultations make her accessible to clients all over the world. Please visit to sign up for the True Balance E-Zine or to schedule your complimentary 30-minute discovery session.