One balanced day.

Last Friday was a holiday for me from work. Unfortunately, it was not a holiday for my husband. Fortunately, this allowed me to spend some much-needed time on various areas of my own life, and I ended up having a very balanced day according to the suggested standards of The Healthy Mind Platter model. It’s also the first time in a long time I was able to mark off everything on my to-do list.

Sleep Time: I managed to get a full nine hours of sleep, which I am sure is some sort of record for me.

Physical Time: I both danced with my daughter in the morning to the Just Dance 3 wii game, and I also went for a really good run a little later in the morning — adding up to about an hour of physical activity, which is my running unofficial daily goal.

Focus Time: I spent a little bit of time working on a blog entry, which definitely counted as focus time for me.

Time In: I spent about 40 minutes doing a sitting meditation, which was actually pretty challenging for me, to be perfectly honest. It was difficult to remain focused on the sensations I was supposed to remain focused on. However, I did take the time to work on my practice — which is more than I can say for the rest of my weekend.

Down Time: I spent about 40 minutes reading. It’s rare that I allow myself the luxury to just sit somewhere and read for a while, and it was a really nice experience for me.

Play Time: My daughter and I spent some time pretending we were visiting Japan by doing things like walking by the Nintendo headquarters with Google street-view and watching people’s homemade tours of Pokemon Center stores on YouTube. It was a really fun activity, and absolute play time.

Connecting Time: Not only did I spend some time connecting with my daughter over Japanese food at our lunch outing, but I also spend a great deal of time in the evening connecting with wonderful extended family that were visiting my husband’s homestead whom I get to see all too rarely. It was a wonderful evening full of fun conversations, chasing plastic Easter eggs across the yard, and lots and lots of laughter.

Unfortunately, I was unable to keep up the momentum of balance throughout the weekend, and this morning I feel as groggy and out-of-balance as ever, but it was good to know I could make it happen for at least one day. I really wish every day could be so balanced and so full for me.

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