The Practical Balance is a platform to support female founders, freelancers, and fabulous live with balance and purpose. Based on the core principles of self-awareness, self-worth and self-leadership, The Practical Balance helps women manage their energy, natural rhythms and emotions so they can be their best selves.
Balance is our natural state
Our world and our bodies are naturally balanced. We see opposite forces acting in rhythm all around us and this rhythm is essential to life. Day follows night. The tides rise and fall. The cells of all living beings resonate with natural tempos, intricately interrelated with one another and with the external environment. We flourish in this sense of equilibrium, the balance between challenge and competence, between effort and ease, cultivating a state of being where the body, mind and soul are at peace, neither complacent nor overwhelmed.
Self-awareness is the key to our agency
Knowing yourself is the first step. Knowing yourself better allows you to make more informed decisions about what you do in life. Cultivating awareness of your internal states, preferences, resources and intuitions is fundamental to personal growth. Our ability to take action, our agency, starts with our awareness of what’s happening in our minds, bodies and environments. Greater awareness gives us greater potential to influence our lives. Knowing what we feel is the first step to knowing why we feel that way and to changing it.
Work well and rest well
It’s time to end the culture of ‘busy’. We can achieve amazing things without working all the time and, in fact, working longer hours often makes us less productive. Work and rest are complementary partners not polar opposites. Working well and resting well are both skills to be honed and practised deliberately. Humans aren’t meant to operate like machines — at high speeds, continuously, for long periods. To thrive, we need a balance of activities - mental, physical, creative, social and spiritual - as well as time for reflection and rest.
Embrace change and challenge
Have a growth mindset. We can accomplish whatever we want if we commit to our goals, practice deliberately, and use challenges and setbacks as an opportunity to learn. Change and challenge are a natural part of life and a sign of growth. We can learn to cope with and rise to the challenges, problems and setbacks you meet in the course of our lives, and come back stronger from them.
Practice emotional agility
Feeling the full range of emotions is essential to being human. It’s okay to feel upset, sad, or uncomfortable; Disney’s Inside Out was really on to something. We can observe and approach thoughts, feelings and behaviours with curiosity and compassion to manage your emotions positively.
Dream big, do small
Dream big. Shoot for the moon, or the stars, or Mars and beyond. Have a vision for life that excites and even slightly scares you. Big dreams are made of small steps. You don’t even need to know how to get to that huge goal; you just need to know what the next small action is. And the next. And the next. It’s a cliche because it’s true but you climb mountains by taking one step at a time. Too often, we limit the size of our ambitions and then overestimate what we can achieve in the short-term. Setting your sights high, taking small steps, and celebrating the little wins along the way is how we do something extraordinary.
Balance ebbs and flows
This doesn’t have to be hard. This isn’t another way to be perfect or another thing to achieve. In fact, it can feel fluent and natural, even as it requires practice and dedication. We won’t always get it right - we’re human, after all - so treat everything like an experiment. Learn what works for you at this time of your life. Know that things will change; balance is not rigid or stationary and what balanced looks like for you will change over time. It’s all about enjoying the journey.
You are not alone. We want build a community and to be by your side, to support you through the hard times, to cheer you on, and to celebrate the good times. Not only is being part of a community a great way to learn, social connectivity is vital to our wellbeing. Nourishing social connections boost our mood, our creativity and our health.