September #HeelsDownChallenge: Balance

New month, new challenge! Heels Down Magazine introduced the #HeelsDownChallenge to go along with the monthly digital magazine. The challenge consists of a new topic each month that readers can write or make a video about, post on social media with the hashtag “#heelsdownchallenge”, and tag their friends to do the same.

This month’s issue focuses on going back to school. (P.S. Check out my article on the fourteenth “page”!) So the September Heels Down Magazine Challenge asks: “What’s your top tip for managing time between barn, school/work, and life?”

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I wrote a whole post about this last year called It’s a Balancing Act and it is still one of my favorite blogs I’ve written so far. I am stealing my top TWO tips from that blog post and using them for my September #HeelsDownChallenge.

  1. BUY AN AGENDA – This sounds so simple, and it is. When you have so many different things to keep track of, an agenda is your best friend. I purchase a new daily planner each year and I try to find one with a fun pattern on it so I am more likely to use it (I love the Lilly Pulitzer ones for their different patterns and sizes). I like to plan and write down EVERYTHING that I am committed to inside my agenda. This helps prevent me from forgetting about something I need to do and makes it much easier to figure out what task I need to complete first.
  2. NEVER QUIT – No matter how full your plate feels or how heavy the world is on your shoulders, quitting isn’t an option. And if you feel like it may all come tumbling down, find someone to lean on. Whether it be a friend, a significant other, or a family member, there is always someone there to help. When there is no option to quit, the only choice is to keep fighting. Hannah Brencher said, “Maybe no one ever told you that but that’s the sweet spot– the moment you want to give up but nothing in the air around you is willing to accept you walking out the door as a quitter today.” I don’t think that sentence could be more true. Whenever I feel like giving up, I find the sweet spot, grab it, and run with it.

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-TC

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