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Teenage wasteland

September 9, 2011

The scene of my bachelorette, before we invaded.

It’s been a month since I last posted. I’m feeling super guilty, but I have an excuse. I was busy being a teenager.

It started with a weekend consisting of a late night at the drive-in, a sleep-in until almost noon (hadn’t done that since my wild days in Manhattan!), a night at the casino and another late morning. The next weekend was my bachelorette party, which consisted of non-stop drinks and a night of some serious move-busting at the club until the wee hours of the morning, when Hurricane Irene showed up and rained—a lot—on our drunken parade.

After detoxing for a few days, I focused my energy on getting my eating back on track and running my fourth 5K (best time yet—yay!). Now I’m back in (adult) action.

I’m not going to lie. I had a lot of fun pretending I had no responsibilities for a couple weekends in a row. I push myself so hard to be my best every day at work, running, in my relationships…the list goes on. It was nice to just kick back and be a “kid” again. But at the same time, my body was not happy. I felt sick, unable to focus and tired for a good week afterward. Clearly, the key is balance.

Balance for me is like the Holy Grail for Indiana Jones. It’s a challenging, seemingly never-ending quest. Now that I’ve recovered from my weeks as a born-again teen, I’m going non-stop again. Last night, after an almost 10-hour workday, I found myself in bed, reading an article on social media measurement and jotting down notes for ways one of my clients can improve their LinkedIn activity at 10:30 p.m.

And despite a taxing day at the office today, I’m on my couch blogging and already thinking about the bills I need to pay and thank-you notes I need to write before I go on my five-mile run tomorrow morning. Before my manicure. And 6th anniversary dinner with my fiancé. Oh, and shopping to get my friends’ new baby a cute onesie before I meet him for the first time on Sunday. Oh, and did I mention I need to swing by the grocery store tomorrow? Maybe right after I put together our wedding song list and email my wedding reception contact about vegetarian options.

You get the idea. It’s gotten to a point where the days pass at warp speed. And even though I’m clearly seizing the day, I feel like I’m missing out on life.

The problem is that I don’t want to give anything up. I love my work. I’m officially hooked on running. I can’t imagine not blogging or writing my style column. I can’t imagine not seeing my many friends or family, for whom I am unbelievably grateful, often. And my dream wedding is now less than two months away.

As the big day nears, I can feel my desperation growing. So help me out—how do you balance it all?

One Comment leave one →
  1. DebbieG permalink
    September 12, 2011 11:45 am

    You balance it by relying on your family and friends. And remember to “stay in the moment” and enjoy!

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