Posted by: jmwilsonmga | September 11, 2012

I’m Bathing With an Elephant

It’s 8:52pm.  I settle into a nice hot bath and a state of relaxation.  The water is just about perfect.  I think about my day: 5:15am alarm goes off; running shoes on, I set out in to the cool air and go for a quick 25 minute run, come back, do my sit ups and push ups.  Into the shower, get dressed, all three kids up, breakfast, brew the coffee, pack the back packs and we’re off.  7:05am.

It’s not a bad way to start the day.  Everyone is smiling, happy and they are getting ready for a fun day at Nana’s.  My mind goes to prepare for the next step of my day: my first appointment.  An agent that is not yet appointed with JM Wilson who I want to make a good impression on and get to know them and their agency.  Off I go – an hour and a half drive, over an hour in the appointment, run a quick errand on my lunch, back to work, two meetings, and then off to a work evening event.  Home at 8:37pm.

Checking my email once home, I am delighted to see a familiar name pop up in my in-bin.  The email talks about balance in life: work, family, kids, sports, etc.  These time commitments that can seem somewhat overwhelming when you look at the big picture but they are just part of your “life” and your routine – what you do, day in and day out.  It has me thinking about balance and what I do to balance my life with all it’s appointments, running kids here and there, work and all the responsibilities that come with it.
Here are some ideas that can help create balance:

1.  Take time for you – for me, it’s 5:15am with my work out.  This accomplishes a few things; alone time, a healthy activity, and a good way to clear my head and prepare for my day.

2.  Take your lunch or heck, even a break – you’re entitled to a lunch.  Take it. Step away from your desk, your phone and breathe a little.  Kids at daycare?  Run over and see them – hug their neck!  That’ll make your day (and theirs!).

3.  Plan your Day – If you make appointments with your clients, schedule them far enough part that it gives you a little breathing room (and driving time) so you don’t feel stressed and overwhelmed that you might be late.  This can add undo stress that could have possibly been avoided.  Maybe you will have an extra 10 minutes to enjoy your favorite coffee.  Alone.  And in peace.

4.  Family time is important – don’t pass it up!!  It can be tough when you are getting pulled in different directions but get it written down, don’t over commit and take it one day at a time.

Fully relaxed and ready to settle in for the night, I hear one of the kids calling for a drink of water.  And there it is – staring me in the face – I smile realizing that life is full of ups and downs, stress, three children, etc, and the toy elephant that I gave my son last night to make him happy long enough to rinse the shampoo out of his hair.  Relaxation time is over and the obvious fact remains – that I’m bathing with an elephant.

About the Author : Erin Herson, Underwriting & Agency Relations Manager

Erin Herson joined J.M. Wilson in 2009.  She is responsible for underwriting, teaching Continual Education courses, as well as establishing and developing new agency relationships.  She loves the people that she works with and finding creative solutions to their needs.  Outside of the office, Erin enjoys working out, spending time with her children, golfing, cooking, and of course, shopping.
Disclaimer :  This article is for informational purposes only.  There is no legal advice being suggested or proffered.  The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon such information.  This article is the opinion of the author and is not supported or endorsed by J.M. Wilson.  It should not be relied upon and may contain inaccuracies or content may have changed over time, contact your underwriter for the most current and accurate information.  Any comments or responses are the opinions of their authors.  Content on this site is believed to be covered under Fair Use. Legal

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