Today, I am going to talk to you about pie. No, not the good old American warm, flaky, sweet apple pie. I am talking about your PIE OF LIFE.
Call it whatever you want—Wheel of Life, Life Puzzle, Life Pinwheel, Cake of Life, etc.—but I want you to imagine a circle with wedges that represents all aspects of your life. Relationships, career, spirituality, health, finances, social life; these are all important components of our life that we need to feel whole. As a health coach, my job is to help clients reach an optimal level of comfort, or nourishment, in each of these pieces of the pie.
The Key Ingredient is Balance
The key to the Pie of Life is balance. Our goal is to not have too much of one slice and not enough of another. Let’s dig in a little deeper to explore each delicious slice of life…
How much joy do you experience daily? What in your life brings you the most joy? This is a good place to start the evaluation because from this, you can determine which parts bring you more or less joy, and what needs to be more nourished.
How satisfied are you with your career? Not all days are going to be your favorite, but focusing on feeling nourished in your career, in which you spend a majority of your time, is extremely important to helping you lead a well-balance life.
I like to think of education as more than just how many degrees you have, in what field, and from what college. Education to me means how much you learn daily, and how educated you are on things that matter to you. Do you feel like you are constantly challenged mentally, and keeping an open mind to learning new things?
Money may not necessarily buy happiness, but everyone knows how much happier they are when not living paycheck to paycheck and can afford little indulgences while living comfortably.
I, by definition, am not “creative”. I cannot recreate Pinterest projects, I can barely do a My Publisher scrapbook, and I am not an artist by any means. But, I feel like I am creative with how I can somehow manage to fit three engagements in one evening, or sometimes I experiment with a new hairstyle just for fun. In my world, this counts as creativity.
You don’t have to believe in God or attend weekly mass to be considered spiritual. Do you meditate or practice mindfulness? What is your center and grounding point to bring you back to “normal”?
My social life peaked in college..that is a fact. If you have kids, a job, family commitments, your social life may have taken the back burner, too. This is your time to take it back. You don’t have to do shots on a Friday night, but make time for some “fun”. Get a manicure with girlfriends, have a date night with your significant other, and just let your hair down. Life is too short.
Family, friends, lovers, co-workers. How do you feel with those around you? Who are you when you are around these people? Do you feel like you have kept up your half of the relationship over time?
My mom always said “Health is Wealth” while I was growing up and I honestly thought she was crazy…until I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and her words could not be more true. While some of this may be beyond your control, what are ways YOU can make your life healthier? Eating better, working out, sleeping more…these are small steps that can be taken to improve your lifestyle despite other physical obstacles you endure.
10,000 steps a day is a good goal to stay moderately active. Try adding more workouts throughout the week to increase your strength, cardio, and flexibility, and see the positive results it creates.
Admittedly, this is one area in which I used to struggle with most. With so many healthy dining out options available near me, it is so much more easier to stop in Sweetgreen and get a salad on my way home from work than cook a full meal. Some nights are spent late at work, so ordering a bowl of Pho is just what I need after a long day rather than hauling myself to the grocery store at 8pm. And meal prep? Please. How do I know what I want on Thursday when it is only Sunday? Well, I cracked this code and am looking forward to sharing it with you.
Over the course of my weekly blog posts, I will address all of the above slices of pie and how you can improve each sector so that your Life of Pie is full, nourished, and sweet. Thank you for joining me!