Finding that inner balance is key.

In 2011, I embarked on a journey that incorporated fitness into my everyday life. Admittedly, I went full-throttle. I started running marathons, half-marathons, and doing lots of CrossFit. I was in the best shape of my life. Every morning without fail, I was in the gym lifting weights or outside running 3 and 4 miles. Sometimes my evenings included a second workout. It came to the point where I couldn’t get my day started without a gym session.

Over two years ago, I left practicing law, entered entrepreneurship, and never looked back. My 12-hour work days as a lawyer were now replaced by 14 and 15-hour work days that involved non-stop brainstorming, client contact, writing, networking, and more writing. Without even realizing it, I depleted my spare time (and my inner balance).

Instead of waking up in the early mornings and heading to the gym, I woke up, walked 20 feet and plopped myself in my desk chair to begin responding to client emails, project inquiries, and client work. Sure, I thought about going to the gym every morning when I woke up, but my mind was too focused on the client work I had to undertake that day. Before I knew it, my early mornings turned into late evenings. As much as I thought about going to the gym, I had to focus on my clients because I no longer had the security of a paycheck. So, every opportunity I had to grow my business, I jumped at. As a result, my workouts diminished to 2 or 3 a week, from the 6 to 7 days a week I was previously accustomed to. Even with making healthy eating choices, my health obstacles seemed to surface more.

Yet, my business skyrocketed. Each week, I had a new publication or feature, and the clients were pouring in left and right. I grew my business faster than I imagined. After my workday ended, I would find myself lying in bed, responding to emails, setting up tweets for the week ahead, finding a new picture on Instagram that inspired me, or even typing notes to myself with new goals I had. While I am not a TV person, I found myself unable to shut my brain off and just relax.

A few weeks ago, I sat in my therapist’s office and said, “I’ve hit the point in my business where I’ve worn thin. I am doing so well, and achieving so much, but I’m finally feeling the sensation that I am doing too little for myself.”

You see, I’ve always been a “yes” person to others, but I have realized I need to start saying “yes” to myself. Just as the way nothing would come in between me and those early morning workouts, I needed to incorporate that shift into my life again.

Before creating new balance in my life, I turned to the advice of a few experts in the health and mindfulness departments.

I spoke with Rachel Sapoznik, President & CEO of Sapoznik Insurance, who is a corporate health and wellness expert. Rachel advised me, “Juggling is a misnomer because it means you are off balance. Instead, you want structure and organization.” She also reminded me, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” As a single business owner, I am often the queen of taking on more than I can chew (and swallow).

I also conferred with Shelly Tygielski, Certified Mindfulness Coach and President of YURU Meditation. Like myself, Shelly spent a long time in the corporate world as an executive before making the move into entrepreneurship. Shelly advises that “high-achieving [professionals] have an inability to be kind to themselves and put themselves first.” Shelly’s recipe for achieving balance is to begin with inner balance through the “practices of mindfulness” which “provides people with a greater ability to deal more effectively with stressful situations and gives them the ability to remain productive despite having an agitated state of mind.”

I have since rejoined my CrossFit gym, began setting aside a limited number of projects a week for client work, and started blocking out time for exercise that I used to utilize for consultations. I stopped working so much on the weekends, and started incorporating more “me” time. I even went to the beach last weekend, and just relaxed on a lounge chair in the sand.

The result: I’m feeling more energized and revitalized. I’m still working hard, but I am focusing on that “sweet spot” of work and life balance.

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  • Wendi Weiner

    Personal Branding & Career Expert

    Wendi Weiner is an attorney and award-winning writer who has been featured in over 75 major media outlets (including CNN, HuffPost, Money, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Business Insider) as a top authority in personal branding, social storytelling, career strategy, and the job search process. As a solopreneur and owner of The Writing Guru, her trademarked namesake company, Wendi holds 6 certifications in resume writing, personal branding, career coaching, and a pioneer certification in LinkedIn training and usage. She is the country’s only Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) who is a licensed attorney, and she holds a pioneer certification in LinkedIn training and usage.   Wendi has been credited with more than 10 honors and awards for her ability to create powerful career and personal brands for attorneys, top executives, and C-suite leaders for their job search, LinkedIn presence, and digital footprint. She additionally provides high-impact content writing for corporations and major publications, and speaks on the global level about personal branding, resume writing, business professionalism, reputation management, and social networking.   Wendi's own career background includes serving as a college writing professor for 7 years while simultaneously practicing law for almost 12 years, both in big law and in-house for a Fortune 200 company. Wendi is an active member of the Florida Bar since 2004, and she holds a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and an undergraduate degree in English from Florida State University.