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The Balancing Act

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I’m always struggling with balance in my life. I try to work AND play hard, but most times I never seem to get around to the playing part. I feel like I’m always in work mode. Even when relaxing and watching television, my laptop is always a part of it.

Recently, I decided to make more time for the things that are important to me–like family, friends, and health.

  • Look inside yourself. Figure out what you truly treasure and make time for those things.
  • Re-evaluate your work situation. Is your current job the best choice for you? Is telecommuting an option for you and would it help relieve some of your stress?
  • Ask for and accept help. This was one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp. Asking for help is NOT a sign of defeat. It actually shows that you are in control and know that you are drowning. And, when help is offered, take it.
  • Set boundaries. Everyone needs parameters–be sure that you know what yours are.
  • Say NO! Again, this one was hard. But when my plate is full, I MUST acknowledge it and beg off of additional tasks. And, be firm. Don’t offer to help find another solution. Don’t offer to do it if a replacement cant be found. Just say NO!
  • Focus on quality and not quantity. If you can only manage dinner as a family once a week, accept that and focus on making it the BEST dinner of week.
  • Remind yourself of values and priorities. Leave yourself a note on the bathroom mirror affirming your choices.

It’s also comforting for me to know that other women have balance issues, as well. I had a chance to see the Season 2 premiere of WE tv’s MARY MARY show.

MARY MARY is a reality television show that follows the three-time Grammy® award-winning gospel duo Mary Mary (Erica and Tina Campbell). Season two will find the sisters experiencing the busiest time of their career. They are promoting their new single “Go Get It,” touring across the U.S. (Joyfest, Gospelfest, Celebrate Brooklyn Concert, Chicago Gospel Music Festival, etc.) and capping their summer by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Essence Festival alongside Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and others. Tina is due with her fifth child and Erica recently gave birth to Zaya, complicating the pressure that the sisters already feel when they are performing and away from home.

Though, they are award winning singers, the Campbell sisters have the same struggles as I do. And, I do love how their extended family chips in to help them be successful and how they all interact.

It’s situations like these that the three-time Grammy® award-winning gospel duo Erica and Tina Campbell face in Season 2 of WE tv’s hit series Mary Mary as they balance being recording artists, mothers, and wives. MARY MARY premieres Thursday, December 6 at 10|9c and moves to its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 9|8c, beginning December 13. Watch a sneak peek here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WE tv. The opinions and text are all mine.

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