Balance. I truly believe that achieving balance is one of the keys to leading a happy and healthy life. However, I also know that finding said balanced life and maintaining it is one of the biggest challenges we all face, every day. Each one of us, no matter what our lot in life is, has some sort of balancing act we must perform daily. Between family, work, school, health, fun, marriage, dating — it all takes balance. And as we get older and gain more responsibilities in our lives, the need for balance becomes even more essential, but also so much more challenging to actually reach.
For me, the last few years of my life have been a true test in balance — in all aspects. “Starting a company” and “balance” are slightly like oil and water, they don’t mix. So many people have this romantic notion of what it’s like to “do your own thing” and start your own business. While, yes, there are certain freedoms that are gained by no longer “working for the man” — there is also so much loss of freedom, as it is pretty much all consuming. There is no longer a start or stop to your days, and much like a child, your company needs around the clock attention, love, and nourishment to grow. Additionally, for me, it is a constant struggle to find the balance between being the face of this brand and actually running it, two lines of duty that are often in opposition with each other. Moreover, as The Sweat Life grows, so does my public persona, and it is a constant balancing act between "private Aly" and "Sweat Life Aly."
Since my personal life has undergone so much change in the last year, and does, in fact, need my attention at the moment, I am really working on better balancing my time. Already, my friends and family frequently comment on how little they get to see me, and trying to date through all of this — yeah, that’s not going so well (but as all you single ladies - and men - out there know, dating these days is just not easy.) Additionally, I am learning the very real and very challenging lesson of balancing grief with happiness, while trying to move on with my life after losing my mother and one of my dearest friends to cancer within 6 weeks of each other. The balance of respecting the process of grief and allowing myself to feel all of the necessary emotions that NEED to be felt, but not allowing myself to get lost in this sadness so I can still function (or attempt to) in the rest of my life. It is harder than I would have ever imagined. I often use the analogy that such a loss is akin to losing my arm — while not one moment of one day goes by when I am not aware that my arm is now gone, and life will forever be more challenging without it, I am getting better each day at living with just one arm.
I also want to note that while I have now expressed my own struggles with finding balance, this week was actually not really inspired by me. This week felt like a great follow up to the “Workout New York” article which gained so much attention, and spoke to (among many other things) how the Bravo show so deeply misrepresented the true balancing act that I see trainers pulling off day in and day out — between teaching classes, training private clients, working for brands, building their own brands, and so much more. I am in constant awe of all the people I know personally and professionally who are performing astounding acts of balance in their lives, and how they inspire me daily.
This week's content embraces the delicate balancing act we all do, every day: BFX instructor Claire Gould tells us how she is able to find balance in her life as a full-time trainer; nutritionist Dara Godfrey gives 7 tips to balance healthy eating with a hectic lifestyle, CityRow program director Annie Mulgrew talks about the fine line between health and beauty; and Peloton boutique senior buyer Jill Foley shares her favorite athletic wear that balances form and function, workout and street.
Lastly, as I stated earlier, the struggle for balance and the balancing act we all perform is a reality for everyone. So this week goes out to… everyone. We are behind you.
Until next week,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life