May 24, 2012

Finding Your Balance.

Posted in General Information tagged , , , , , at 8:50 pm by Every Cent Counts

If you are anything like me, sometimes you find it hard to balance your passion for your career, with your passion for other areas of interest, along with friends, family, and time for yourself. I sat down and did the math on the hours in a week, versus the hours I spend doing various activities.

I work on average 52.5 hours a week, trying to launch the new Every Cent Counts program. Needless to say this is an intensive process. You have to market it, recruit sponsors, write grants, contribute to social media campaigns, attend events, conduct presentations, recruit clients and donors alike, vet the needs, fulfill needs, balance the account, recruit vendors, and develop contracts. I am sure I skimmed over a lot of everyday things like the meetings and trainings I attend, but you get the picture.

Then I am part of Emerge Tampa Bay, an organization associated with the Chamber of Commerce. I am looking at spending roughly five hours a week with them, serving on committees and attending events. I also am part of the Summer 2012 Obama Organizing Fellowship to help President Obama get reelected. I spend roughly 15 hours a week helping in a leadership capacity to maintain volunteers and provide supervision and support.

I am also studying to go back to school for my PhD in Clinical Psychology. Which means I have about 4 months to study for the GREs again. This takes up about 2 hours a day, or 14 hours a week. Then you have to factor in the everyday living items like exercising, eating, cleaning, travel etc. Which consists of about 25 hours a week with an additional 42 hours a week spent sleeping.

Altogether I am left with roughly 14.5 hours to myself and my social group. That’s about 2 hours a day. I really cannot afford to add anything to my schedule, however I am interested in so many other things. I desperately want to be involved in Joining Forces and the Got Your 6 campaigns to support our troops through job placement, and the 6 pillars of support in transitioning back to civilian life. Visit http://www.gotyour6.org/ and http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/get-involved for more information. This is a topic near and dear to my heart with so many of my closest loved ones in the military right now. With their re-up deadlines fast approaching, I have had many conversations with them about their fears of returning to civilian life. For many its the lack of support, and the fear of being unemployed. I understand their concerns, and want to work with these emerging programs, to help quell the fears of our active duty military; so they don’t feel forced to stay, especially if they have reached a point where they feel they have sacrificed enough.

I think that will have to wait until I am done with the Fellowship, unfortunately. As I contemplate how I give back, I realize I do so much for everyone else. I wonder how much do I do for myself? Yes, these programs are in areas of interest to me, but it is still draining and takes away from my time with those that care about me. I am used to hearing my friends complain about never seeing me anymore, but I will never get used to my grandmother telling me she feels like she is no longer a part of my life.

How do you find your balance? Ultimately, you have to do what feels right for you. In my life, I work hard six days a week, and spend one day with either my family or my friends. So on average I am seeing each group twice a month. I know it seems odd to schedule your social life, but for me, its just the way it is.

I know I always leave you with a request for you to donate to our clients, but they need our help as well. Please even if you can only spare a dollar, every cent truly does count.

www.everycentcounts.org

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