Dear Viita community,
It’s been a busy few weeks since we last chatted here! I’ve gotten to connect with many of you through Viita’s Instagram stories where I’m showing you a daily glimpse into my mom life & business life.
Today, I wanted to talk about work-life balance.
My Personal Story.
I started Viita almost 10 years ago, I was a go-getter (still am but in different ways) and the sky was the limit (and still is). Days before giving birth to my daughter, I was in the huge process of restructuring my entire business, by pivoting it to sustain itself fully online. I didn’t want to do it all at once, but COVID hit and I had no choice but to adapt . What was originally a two year plan, turned into a two month plan. Not only was I in transition mode from being pregnant to now having a newborn, life had other plans for my mat leave. Where I originally thought it would be smooth sailing, it turned into a global pandemic and business shifts. But you know, when life throws you lemons, you make lemonade.
Does Balance Exist?
Is this work/life balance a real thing? Is it a myth? Is it something everyone strives for but never truly masters?
I think the answers are different and will forever be different - at least for me. The different phases of my life bring me to have a different perspective on that balance BUT what I know is that I keep trying to do what’s best for myself, my family and my business & that’s enough.
My Personal Routine I’ve Implemented That Might Inspire You.
I’m not here to tell you to wake up at 5am because your productivity will skyrocket. On the contrary, I’m a regular mom with a business & a toddler - I hear your need for sleep!
I did however implement a few small routine changes that have helped me feel better and therefore be better I highly recommend them as they do work for me:
- Taking 1 hour for yourself per day. I’ve made this agreement with my husband where he does daycare drop off so I can get to the gym earlier and get my body moving first thing. It helps my mental state throughout the day and has literally become something I can't live without. If life doesn’t let me do an hour, then 30 minutes works too! The important thing is to schedule it. People seem to not place the same importance on their own time as much as the time for a work meeting when they take the same place in your calendar. I take 1 hour per day so I can fully focus and simply take care of myself. Most of the days it will be to exercise, others it will be to get that nail appointment in... you get the gist. It works - for me. Whether you are a mom or not, you can’t always be in a ‘’giving’’ mode. You need to take care of your own needs too
Disconnect to reconnect. You might have seen people online taking social media breaks because they need to forcefully do so. I’m not one of them as my business needs me to be connected. I do however fully disconnect every evening so I can be a better partner, mom, friend to my entourage. Everything comes with its time & purpose.
When I’m with my family & friends, I’m fully there. When I’m connected & it’s time to chat with the Viita community I’m also fully there.
- Asking for help. It takes a village. I’m sure you’ve heard that before! I’m finding it to be true in so many aspects of life as we simply can’t be everything to everyone, all at once. I’ve learned to ask for help & to outsource so I can focus on what I do best!
Now I want to hear from you! How do you find your balance? Did it exist in your books? Please reply to this email and let’s have an honest conversation about it!
I’d also love to share some of your replies with our Viita community!
-Raquel, founder of Viita xoxo