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A true test.

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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That I’m sitting down for 20 minutes to eat a relatively healthy breakfast of oatmeal and  a banana, and writing my Thursday blog post today, is a freaking miracle.  Or, if not a miracle, a testament to my commitment to actually honor these promises I’ve made myself.  To write every day, to publish twice a week, to meditate daily.  If I stopped typing and hit “Publish” right now, I’d consider this a success.  But I’ve got a little break before my next commitment, so this time is for me, and I’m going to keep typing.

I’m at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, along with about 20,000 other people who work in industries connected to the outdoors.  The show is a whirlwind of thirty minute meetings cut short to make the next one only a few minutes late, if possible, even though it’s a fifteen minute hoof from one end of the convention center to the other.  It’s the place where I refill my “hug tank” twice a year, and where I’m reminded why I worked so hard to find my place in this business.  What it isn’t — it isn’t a bastion of work life balance.  Meetings start early, lunch rarely happens, the work is never done, the dinners and nightlife are hard to miss, and then, after all of that, there’s the work that still needs to get done before sleep.

This is my sixth show, and I love it.  It’s hard work, but I love the work (I get to pretend I’m a journalist for a few days) and the people I get to do it around, here.  This was the first show that was hard to rally for — it’s a blessing that my life at home is such that it’s now really, really, hard to hit the road.  I may not have work-life balance figured out yet, but I sure am lucky on the life front, and being here helps re-energize me about the work.

What helps YOU re-energize about your work?

Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.