You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.
A few months back I was wondering how to balance my increased responsibilities helping out my husband with his business, writing and managing Balance Junkie and of course, running our home. (See Should I Stay or Should I Go?) I initially decided to leave things as is, but a few weeks into the year it became clear to me that I was running out of hours each day. I started to feel like I wasn’t able to perform as I’d like in any area of my life.
A few weeks ago, with a heavy heart, I decided to reach out to a few people who had previously inquired about buying Balance Junkie. I chose people I thought would make an effort to continue with some of the main themes here. It felt kind of ironic letting a blog about balance go in order to achieve a better life balance, but I didn’t see any other way.
As it happened, one of the people I approached came up with a pretty simple solution to my dilemma. He proposed a 3 way partnership that would take much of the day to day work of running the back end of the blog off my plate and offer at least one other writer to help with the content. That writer just happened to be one of my favourites. How could I refuse?
Balance Junkie: Act II
I’d like to ask you to join me in welcoming two of Canada’s top bloggers to Balance Junkie. Both have been tremendously supportive of this blog from the very beginning. Tom Drake of Canadian Finance Blog will be taking care of the background and promotional work that goes into running the blog. He’s really good at that kind of thing and it’s not my favourite part of blogging. You may already notice Tom’s slight revamp of the site design.
While you know Jim Yih as a top notch financial advisor, speaker, and writer, he’s also a big fan of finding balance in life. He’ll be sharing the writing duties with me, posting every other week. As a father of four, a business owner and a part-time blogger, Jim knows something about juggling priorities. While he’ll still write about finance here, he’s looking forward to spreading his wings a little, covering the life balance angle as well. I’m looking forward to his work too!
I wrote about being open to change a couple of weeks ago. Believe it or not, that wasn’t related to this particular decision. But it’s amazing how just being open to making some sizeable moves led to a solution that allowed me to put a little more order into my life without giving up Balance Junkie completely. Sometimes it’s worth throwing stuff out there. You never know what’s going to come your way as a result.
What Will Change?
Not a whole lot will change here. I’ll still be writing at least every other week. I’ll also continue putting together my monthly 20 Cents compilation as well as some more book reviews. Readers will get to enjoy another voice and another perspective in Jim Yih’s contributions. And who knows? Tom might even contribute the odd post as well.
If you read Balance Junkie for in depth posts about investing and economics, keep reading. If you like the articles about life balance and quality of life, keep reading. If you want to contribute to a growing community of people who ponder and share knowledge on all of the above, please stay with us – and go ahead and share the blog with anyone you think might enjoy it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed what Balance Junkie has had to offer over the past couple of years and I know you’ll love the next version even more.
We look forward to any feedback from you as we get started and into the future.