A Life of Balance


I don’t believe that balance and happiness happen by chance. Just like relationships, careers and hobbies – you have to make an effort and learn from your mistakes. I thought I’d begin sharing a few things each month that keep me feeling balanced in hopes that you’ll share too!

  1. Quinoa: Lately, I can’t get enough of this superfood. I keep a batch in the fridge at all times and add it to salads, dress it up like porridge, substitute it for rice + more. I am going to try this cilantro/quinoa soup next week.
  2. Aeropress: It makes such an amazing cup of coffee and takes 2 minutes. I’ve been drinking a “double shot” every morning. Purchase here.
  3. Work dates at coffeeshops with my husband.
  4. Le Pens: They keep my to-do lists and calendars bright and cheerful. Plus who doesn’t love color coordinated planners!?! (nerd) Love seeing Blogshop using them!
  5. Moleskine journals: I blogged about how I’m journaling again this year and it does so much for my thought processes, prayers + goals. Instagram photo by Brian Ferry.

I don’t often create “curated” type posts. I hardly ever take content from other sites or blogs and re-publish it here. But Be Up + Doing is a place to share (no matter where it’s from) and sometimes my own photos just won’t do! I posted this same post over on Sierra’s new blog (I re-designed it) so head over there to say hello!

How do you work toward staying balanced?


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  • Anne Bogel
    Posted at 07:29h, 25 January Reply

    A giant YES to the Aeropress! I am such a big fan and am always happy to see it get some love!

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:44h, 25 January Reply

      I love hearing others use it! It’s so wonderful!

  • Shannon
    Posted at 08:28h, 25 January Reply

    I am a coffee fanatic and have never had aeropress. I need to check this out. As for coffee dates (or any dates) with the husband, le pens, moleskine, and quinoa – yes! Favorites all around.

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:44h, 25 January Reply

      Yes you do! Let me know if/when you do!

  • Sierra
    Posted at 09:55h, 25 January Reply

    I am so honored to have you guest post on my new pretty blog today! I loved reading your post…people don’t realize how little things and making small changes help keep you balanced. :)

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:45h, 25 January Reply

      Aw the privilege is all mine! And I agree – the little things are often overlooked!

  • meg @ pure&simple
    Posted at 12:05h, 25 January Reply

    I love that you always post ‘simple pleasures’ – I often overlook how much a brightly colored journal, etc can add some sparkle to life!

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:46h, 25 January Reply

      I’m glad you appreciate it! Plus – brightly colored journals are always a plus!

  • candace m.
    Posted at 12:08h, 25 January Reply

    i avoid my phone as much as humanly possible, i play derby, and i sometimes just step back and remember that sometimes things are just not as important as i make them out to be in my head…

    i’ve also made it a goal for 2013 to incorporate the word “NO” into my vocabulary much, much more.

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:47h, 25 January Reply

      I’m too attached to my phone. I need to back off it it. I’ve enjoyed my iPad mini because my email accounts are connected and I don’t have notifications. I just play games and window shop online or read.

      Also – like the “NO” concept. I’ve been pretty good about it already! I said “NO” to attending a huge conference + lots of projects that wouldn’t have been a good fit. It feels good.

      • candace m.
        Posted at 09:04h, 26 January Reply

        haha, saying no still feels terrible to me right now. and it probably will for a while because i’ve been overdoing it since, like, 4 years of age. lol.

  • Danielle
    Posted at 12:44h, 25 January Reply

    My husband and I use the Aeropress too! Best decision ever.

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:48h, 25 January Reply

      SO good. We love it! We’ll use the big French press if we need more than just a single serving but I prefer it.

  • giulia
    Posted at 13:14h, 25 January Reply

    oops, i have no idea. i can’t think of any things that keep me balanced. i definitely have to work on that…
    ps- i LOVE how you talk about the little things in your blog:)

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:48h, 25 January Reply

      Aw thanks Giulia! Let me know if you think of any of the things that keep you balanced. I’m sure there are a few!

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 16:04h, 25 January Reply

    these are all great things. we got a keurig for christmas, but has a reusable filter so we don’t have to use k-cups. i also just started using moleskins for writing down my patterns and to do lists, important dates, etc. love them, pages don’t fall out etc.

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:48h, 25 January Reply

      That’s awesome! I agree with you on the journal thing. I’m so prone to using random pieces of paper that get lost. I need it all in one place!

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  • Shannon {Shenanigansrose}
    Posted at 11:49h, 28 January Reply

    I love moleskin journals too, they just make everything a lot more fun to journal about. And I was also wondering what ‘curated’ posts are exactly. Yes, I’m a little new to blogging terms.

    • Allison
      Posted at 15:14h, 28 January Reply

      When I say “curated” I mean pulling other content from other sites/blogs and basically re-blogging it. This could be a mood board post, a round-up of products, or just sharing photos from somewhere else. I try to keep all my content 100% original but sometimes it’s still fun to share others’ content too!

  • Trina | BeginnerBeans.com
    Posted at 11:58h, 28 January Reply

    I’m a color-coordinated planner nerd, too :) And journaling is absolutely what helps me keep balanced. These have also proven so helpful in my writing. There’s always ideas from a period when I was more inspired to help me through dry spells.

    • Allison
      Posted at 15:14h, 28 January Reply

      Yes! It’s such a great way to document thoughts/ideas to look back on. I’m excited to do this this year!

  • Olithee
    Posted at 10:46h, 30 January Reply

    Yummy kinoas !

  • Benevolence C.
    Posted at 18:44h, 03 February Reply

    I’ve never actually thought about what I do to have a life of balance. I just know that without my diary and journal I would be lost and probably go crazy. I finally made the jump to Moleskine tonight when I finished my previous our journal! Loving it so far.

    p.s. Hoping to add the aeropress to the kitchen cupboard soon. Looks mighty awesome and clean to use. :)

    • Allison
      Posted at 10:30h, 04 February Reply

      Glad you’re using Moleskine now!! And definitely get an Aeropress- so amazing!

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