If trying to maintain balance in your life leaves you feeling like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus. Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and desires.
1: I achieve a balanced life by nurturing myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. True/False
2: Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others. True/False
3: I eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and refuel myself through rest. True/False
4: I invest in regular preventive health care and wellness, along with timely treatment of any illnesses. True/False
5: I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating, journaling or simply letting my thoughts drift. True/False
6: I experience the gifts of each season outside and indoors. True/False
7: Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit. True/False
8: Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends. True/False
9: Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose. I invest my time, energy and experience where it can best serve the Highest Good for all. True/False
10: I notice the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm and resentment. I invest my attention and energy in restoring my sense of Wholeness. True/False
11: I notice the physical signs of illness. Realizing I may have stressed my immune system with overactivity or stress, I stop, take care of myself and adjust my perspective and commitments. True/False
12: I do not overcommit myself. I say “no” to additional requests for my time when I realize they will put my mental, physical, emotional or spiritual wellbeing in jeopardy. True/False
13: I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables and hot soup. True/False
14: If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me. True/False
15: No matter how busy I may be, I make time for the things that bring me joy and fulfillment. True/False
16: My life is a Journey to Wholeness. I experience deep peace, lasting joy and meaningful relationships. True/False
If you answered false more often than true, one of the best ways to begin shifting to a greater sense of fulfillment is to identify baby steps that will move you in the direction of better balance.
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Author’s content adapted under license, © 2011 Claire Communications
I am retired from 40+ years of helping individuals and teams build lives and organizations they love. One of the great joys of my retirement from professional practice is having greater bandwidth to donate my professional and creative talents to support and promote animal and social welfare charities.
During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world’s largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll.
My recovery from burnout led to finding my purpose guiding others on their journeys. As a board-certified coach, author, consultant, radio host, Reiki Master and EFT/tapping practitioner, I share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world.
111419 DJW Sid CH Pet Corner Photo ShootI help clients achieve rapid, extraordinary, sustainable results by connecting who they are with what they do, a connection often lost through stress and the sheer busy-ness of daily life. Courageous self-awareness and unconditional self-love lead to honest choices based on priorities that nurture you and those around you on a journey to wholeness.
Decades in coaching, consulting, change management, organization development, human resources and mixed media artistic expression honed my business sense, professionalism, creativity, intuition, leadership and communication skills. The result? Practical tools that help you become more insightful, creative, committed, productive and fulfilled.
Even the most dedicated and hard-working individuals can shift from frustration to a sense of futility when their values, passion, work, and lives become disconnected. One of the problems with not taking care of our health is that the effects of ignoring it are often slow to show up. We continue to juggle family responsibilities, work and finances until we lose ourselves, waking up one day 50 pounds heavier in body and soul—no good to ourselves or anyone else.
I love working with people who are ready to take life-changing action to make their dreams a reality. At each moment, you have inside you all the wisdom you seek to choose your life and your way of showing up. Limiting thoughts, beliefs and feelings can block you from moving forward. An absence of love and concern for yourself can result in negative head talk that holds you back with discouraging messages about who you are and what you can do.
By listening and caring deeply, I guide you in connecting with your own inner wisdom. We identify the way you’d like to live. We determine what’s blocking you and release you from the hold those blocks have over you—unleashing the positive energy that will fuel you forward. Together we develop a plan to move you closer to your heart’s desire.
My books, blog, radio show and signature coaching programs help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. What’s love got to do with it? Everything! My book, Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life! (Hay House/ Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework.
For fun, I love reading, sewing, knitting, yin yoga, afternoon tea, opera and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my spouse, Wilson Abney, and the cat who runs our life, Maisy Jane.