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Finding Balance in  Field of Herbs 


Time has become a coveted commodity in my life as of late.  There never seems to be enough of it.  Life has become a delicate juggling act – a ball for every priority; school, my job and my work as an herbalist.  Each of them could easily be a full-time endeavour, which makes me feel like I’m not doing any of them as well as I should.  On top of that my family, relaxation, and my health have dropped to the bottom of the priority list.  This situation has lead to me to ponder – how does someone strike a balance?  Is it even possible to have balance in this day and age?


Each of my priorities are necessary right now.  It’s like a loop that feeds into itself.  I can’t become an herbalist if I don’t finish school.  I can’t pay for school if I don’t work.  I can’t start an herbal clinic if I don’t work on my business.  A neat little package with no seams and no room for movement.  Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful and happy to be doing what I’m doing.  I really want to be an herbalist and that fact alone makes it worth all the hard-work and sacrifice.  That being said, there must be way to have a life in all of this.  Stress and never-ending to-do lists are something that people have just accepted.  We believe that these are things that are beyond our control and therefore we give up trying.  We accept the mountain of responsibilities and cope with it by watching too much TV, eating too much food, drinking too much alcohol and taking medication. 


I could bury my head in the sand; drown my stress with Ben & Jerry’s and a bottle of wine, but somehow this doesn’t seem to be an appropriate solution for someone with a future career in wellness.  How can I preach balance and health if I can’t find it in my own life?


I’m know I’m not the first person to be in this situation.  Anyone who has ever started their own business (whatever field it may be in) has struggled with finding balance.  When you’re passionate about what you’re doing it’s very easy to let it consume you and take over your life.  Perhaps knowing that this is possible is the first step in finding a way to prevent it.  If that’s the case then I’m off to a good start because I’m extremely aware!


Many people, not just aspiring herbalists, will find themselves in this place one day.  So if anyone reading this has been in my shoes (usually Birkenstocks) and feels like sharing their words of wisdom, I welcome it.  In fact, I implore you to share your stories.  If there is one thing I know for sure it’s that growth and change can only happen if you are willing to learn!


Many thanks and blessings,