Today, I feel the need to simplify life. I worked from 8 to 7. My orchids cry for water. They aren’t doing well splitting time with the daylilies in summer. I am ambivalent about losing some of them. I need to pack for my camping trip. Laundry needs to be done. I haven’t gotten 8 hours of sleep in nearly a week.
I got hobbies when I was trying to balance life and find purpose when working from home. I took a more challenging away-from-home-job a year ago. Now, the mania of the first of a term with nearly all new faculty, new programs, new campuses has hit. I am attempting to shift the work culture, and it feels like my life balance is taking a hit.
What could I eliminate? Not my dogs or my daylilies. Not my camping or road trips. Orchids can be thinned. I want to get into air plants – why don’t I just leave it? IDK. I like plants. And, I don’t want to give up my hobbies. It took me years to finally get some because career was my life. I think they are essential – but I need to boil them down to the essentials.