I’ve always been a passionate person, and one of the things that I’ve realized is that I’m passionate about a lot of things. I try to do so much in my life and at times it definitely feels overwhelming. Right now I’m trying to balance a number of jobs and hobbies, and I don’t know how long and how much I can keep it up.
I’ve been blogging at Disney in your Day for almost three years and I love it. Writing blog posts is pretty much what I want to do with most of my free time. I have so many things to say about Disney! I’ve read bloggers who write posts about “how to come up with ideas,” but that’s never been an issue for me. I’ve always had almost an endless list of blog post ideas, just never enough time to write them.
I also enjoy playing with photography and getting good pictures for my blog. But as I’ve started to get more seriously into blogging I realize how much else can go into it. There’s promoting, and if you’re trying to make an income plenty to organize there. Email newsletters, social media, sponsorships – if you’re trying to blog “hardcore” it’s a lot.
And that’s why I’ve decided to back off a little bit from some of that “extra stuff” that goes into blogging. I have my social media that I enjoy and I’ll stick with that. I don’t need to set up a sponsorship program right now. I want to do blogging because I love it, and in order to keep my sanity that may mean not doing everything I wish I could do for the blog.
Ever since I started running I think I’ve felt better both physically and mentally. I’ve trained for a number of half marathons. And sometimes it’s not too bad, especially in the beginning – but when you get toward the end of training and you’re doing 8+ mile runs, you’re looking at a chunk of 2-3 hours that need to be set aside for running.
In case you didn’t see, I registered for the Disney World marathon the other day. That will be coming up in January and will take a ton of training for me to even think I can do it. 20+ mile training runs means 6-8 hours set aside for that. It’s a lot of time.
I love doing theater – it’s always been one of my favorite hobbies. But it’s also a big time commitment. Most community theater shows around here rehearse for 3-4 months before they open, and that’s 3 evenings a week. Then you have performances usually 3-4 times a weekend for 2-4 weeks.
I’m currently involved in a production of Anything Goes, where I have one of the leading roles of Hope Harcourt. And I’m having a ton of fun! I’ve also got another show coming up that performs in August. After that I’ll take a little break til January to give me time to focus on the marathon training.
I also work two part-time jobs. And have friends, and a husband, parties I want to go to and events I want to attend, and stuff like that. And the problem is, I love all of these various parts of my life. There’s nothing that I would want to give up. But there are times when I’m really busy. And it gets stressful. And more than that, I feel like maybe I’m spreading myself too thin and I can’t dedicate everything I want to all of my various pursuits. So I come back to the question: am I doing too much? And if so, how do I choose?
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by how much you take on in life? How did you deal with it?