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Balance is the key, right? It’s the key to maintaining harmony at home and work, and between home and work, but sometimes finding that key can be challenging! I mean I’ve got a car key, a house key, a bike key, a second set of keys, a key to my father-in-law’s, plus there’s the key to my heart… However, if I keep my sense of humour, and enjoy the everyday moments, finding balance becomes easier!

Currently I am enjoying being a first-time mom and getting to know my son, Niko. I try to maintain balance in my life, although inevitably the scales tip more heavily on one side from time to time. Finding time for myself is one key: I do cardio-kickboxing twice a week, while my hubbie Borys stands by on Daddy duty. Spending time with Borys, is another key: although we don’t have much time for dating (truth be told, we’ve only had one real date since Niko’s arrival), just hanging around together and talking and laughing about our day, provides quality connection time. Another key is getting out and about with baby Niko: I have some friends who are also on mat. leave, and getting our babes together offers entertainment, for everybody. Then there’s our spunky puppy Frasier, who provides lots of fun and laughs, and a good excuse to get us all outside enjoying the fresh air!

Is there a magic key to balance? Not really. Balance is a ring filled with keys, and each person’s key ring is different: what works for me, may be bunk for another and vice versa. But one thing’s for sure, life’s more enjoyable when we try (yes, we have to try, balance doesn’t just spontaneously happen) to maintain balance each and every day! So, what’s one of your keys?

Note: This post is an entry into “Mabel’s Labels BlogHer ‘10 Contest“.


woman_kickboxingGoal setting is what drives me to accomplish all the major things I have achieved in my life.  I usually set goals for myself and then do what I need to do to accomplish them.  Prior to becoming pregnant, karate had been a pretty big part of my life: I attended class about three times a week and eventually worked up to my black belt in June 2008.  Upon becoming pregnant I continued with karate until about seven months of pregnancy, when Borys and I went on a Halifax roadie.

Before Niko was born I set a goal for myself to return to the dojo before the New Year of 2010, and last night I achieved this goal! Again, I could not really do this without the amazing support of my hubby as he is the one who Niko-sits when I go.  But, in consultation with my doctor last week he cleared me for going back to exercise, but warned that if it hurt to do sit-ups (due to the c-section) to just take it easy with those for a while.  I have decided to attend cardio kickboxing classes as opposed to karate at this time, as it is a little more mindless: I just listen to the instructor and do as I am told, whereas karate takes a bit more focus and thought.  For now, this suits me just fine, and my new goal is to try to attend one kickboxing class a week!

I think it’s important for women, after giving birth, not to give up on themselves and to try to maintain their individual identity: the key here is balance. I mean, yes I am a mom, but that is only a part of who I am, a piece of the puzzle (albeit a big piece at this time!).  I am not saying that all women should start exercising; but whatever it was that drove them pre-baby should still be a part of their life post-baby.  For me, this happens to be karate and I think maintaining who I am as an individual will only help to make me a better mom overall.


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