So we’re halfway through the month and we have to admit, after working so hard to finally launch the blog last month, we dropped the ball and didn’t keep up with it in the way we had hoped.
But you know what, THAT IS OK. The blog is still here, no harm done!
Even though we feel like we may have dropped the ball here, we were busy juggling a few other things in the meantime and now, we’re ready to pick up the “blog ball” again.
A New Perspective on Balance
I know I’m talking in metaphors here but stay with me. I was inspired by something I saw on Instagram shared by @CEOSchool (excellent podcast for you female entrepreneurs out there!) and it gave me a new perspective on balance. Essentially it explained that, “the key to juggling is to know that some balls you have in the air are made of plastic and some are made of glass. And if you drop a plastic ball, it bounces, no harm done. But, if you drop a glass ball, it shatters, so you have to know which balls are glass and which are plastic in order to prioritize catching the glass ones.”
The expectations we hold on ourselves are so high, we need not be so hard on ourselves. Through this explanation I realized, we do not need to be 100% on 100% of the time with 100% of all we do. Grace, my friends, grace.
So while we dropped the ball on the blog, here’s what we were juggling last month:
In addition to working our full-time jobs, the past month was filled with extra exciting change and advances for our business to juggle.
1. We Moved (Again)
While we moved into my parents’ house back in August, the basement renovations were not done yet so we temporarily moved into my sister’s room for the time being. We were pretty much living out of boxes for a few weeks. We finally moved (again) into our new room last month and let me tell you, downsizing from our one-bedroom apartment to one bedroom sans apartment is no easy task. I embraced my inner Marie Kondo and said goodbye to a lot of things that no longer brought me joy (more like, that we didn’t have room for.)
2. We Took on a Fitness Challenge
We participated in a 45-day fitness challenge at our local f45 studio which was awesome for our physical and mental health. Our goal was to get our bodies moving again in an enjoyable way. After months of home workouts, it was a nice change of scenery. It kept us accountable and we got to meet people in the Guelph community including reconnecting with old friends from high school! In the 45 days, we attended 34 classes together and are proud that we prioritized ourselves during this busy time. As health care practitioners, physical activity is something we KNOW is needed but we too struggle to ensure we always get our daily movement in!
3. We Completed Part C of our Board Exams
Part C is the practical and final portion of our national licensing board exams. Originally scheduled for May, COVID forced the exam to be postponed until the beginning of October. What initially seemed like a distant date, approached much quicker than anticipated. Prep for a practical exam is not the same as a written exam. Truthfully, I found it difficult to find the motivation to study. We were out of clinical practice for 6 months and understandably a bit rusty but once we started getting into the content, it was all coming back.
We both feel good about how our exams went and are patiently awaiting our results. It was an interesting experience amidst a pandemic; completing a practical exam with masks, social distancing, and constant hand sanitization. Nonetheless, I am SO happy we were able to finish our board exams and close that chapter.
4. WE FINALIZED & SIGNED OUR LEASE!!!
FINALLY, we finalized and signed our lease! It took months of figuring out financing, negotiating an agreement, and ensuring we were legally protected. We are so excited to be able to finally share this news.
It’s been a long time coming but it’s official, our clinic has a home. More details to come!
It’s OK to Drop A Ball
As you can see, it’s OK to drop a ball every now and then. We should be encouraged to give ourselves the grace needed when deciding where we need to spend our time. While we may have dropped the ball on our blog, it was what was necessary for us to focus on the other things we had going on. There were more pressing and important things to juggle and we made the conscious decision to let this one fall. But as I said earlier, no harm done.
It’s an important lesson to be able to see all of your tasks and responsibilities as individual balls when trying to find the balance in your busy life. Further, knowing which balls are plastic and which are glass are key when prioritizing your valuable time and energy.
Now that we have finalized our lease, we are excited to continue sharing our journey and what we’re up to.
If you want to know more about our first experience with commercial real estate, Andrew wrote all about it here.
Until next time (hopefully sooner than later this time),