Finding Balance

Closing Out the Year

A look back at 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, I can't help but reflect about everything that happened over this past year. I started the year sick with the flu, after having to cut a trip short to see family, but that was not an omen by any means. My wife and I bought our first house, I had the opportunity to take on more responsibility at my day job, and perhaps the most memorable moment will be finding out that we are expecting our first child, a boy. My health was actively managed this year, but I think the thing I struggled the most with balance.

I often have a hard time slowing down, it typically takes my wife suggesting a lazy day or late morning. Even worse is if I don't listen and end up getting sick. I caught myself this year being trapped in extremes, such as throwing myself at work or throwing myself into making our house perfect. I find when I get into those extremes, other things may suffer.

Finding Mindfulness

“It can sometimes feel as though we’re so busy remembering, planning and analyzing life, that we forget to experience life—as it actually is, rather than how we think it should be.” ― Andy Puddicombe

Throughout the year, I found that meditation was the key for me when things got chaotic. For me, it helped me stay in the present while letting go of the things that bogged me down, whether it was emotions, lack of focus, or just needing to find some motivation. Starting meditation was daunting, but I found a great app called Headspace for guided meditation founded by a former monk, Andy Puddicombe.

While my consistency with meditating every day is more of a goal, than something that actually happens, I have found that helps when I use it. I think meditation has helped reduce my stress, which has let me have such a positive year health wise. There are different topics and techniques to help you accomplish things from focus to anger, and even sleep.

Looking Ahead to 2019

I am not one to set the usual new year resolutions like eat healthier, or workout more. I try to do those regardless. My hope in 2019 is to find more consistency in practices like meditation, writing, and to read more. As we get ready for the birth of our son, I hope to be more present and more consistent. I look forward to learning more through my journey in meditation, and I hope to share what I learn in 2019.

Thank You

I can't say thank you enough to everyone who has taken the time to read our blog, interact with us on social media, and continue to support our mission to help engage and amplify the voice of the Primary Immunodeficiency Community. I hope to communicate with you more in 2019 as we continue to find new ways and resources to share the journey PI patients face. Happy New Year!