finding and creating balance

Episode 21 – Finding (And Creating) Balance

After a short leave of absence, host Marisa Donnelly is back with Episode 21 of the VulnerABILITY Podcast. This episode speaks truth on the topic of ‘finding balance.’ Marisa talks about what this truly means and looks like, and how everyone—regardless of their age, background, story, or status is in search of this sense of peace.

Balance, in my opinion, is not about being still or stagnant, but about finding a sense of peace, even in the chaos.

Highlights From the Episode:

[1:15] “I’m always trying to find a way to live in a space where I have as much fun as I have work, or where I’m doing something socially but also doing something for my financial health. Or just trying to reach this place that isn’t so stressed, or isn’t so rushed. Or, on the flip-side, that isn’t so relaxed, or calm, or slow that I feel stagnant.”

[5:35] “People are always searching for balance… It’s so apparent in our innate desire to make order or to make sense of the things around us.”

[6:10] “At the core, balance is so important because when we’re balanced, in a way, we get more in touch with what we truly desire.”

[15:30] “We think that there’s this perfect place we will reach if we just do ‘enough’ or if we just do the ‘right thing.’ But finding balance is about learning to appreciate the good and the bad, it’s about accepting that life is forever going to be off-balance because it’s forever moving… nothing ever sits still. So, yes, by all means, pursue this balance. But understand that you’re human and it’s inevitable that you’re going to be out of balance.

But what really matters is that you choose to continue and you choose to seek out and build your own happiness, and peace, and contentment all around you.

[16:20] “Because balance isn’t just something you can ‘get;’ it’s something that you foster within yourself, and your life, and the people around you.”

[22:15] “I think you can have balance even amidst chaos… It’s about being able to find solace. It’s about being able to find a sense of peace, even in the craziness of life. And not that you’re just sitting on the sidelines, watching life go by, but that you’re an active part of it with a sense of peace (even when things are going crazy).”

Resources Mentioned:

  • Tidying Up, by Marie Konda, is a book that teaches you how to ‘declutter’ your life from the things that don’t bring you joy or peace to help you create a sense of balance.

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