not just doing everything, but doing everything so that the flow is good and the one thing complements the other.

not just cramming as much in as is humanly possible, but realizing time is finite when it comes to hours in a day.

not just saying yes to everything, but being disciplined enough to say no sometimes.

not feeling guilty for all you didn't do, but feeling good about all you did do.

this is integration.

*just an attempted visualization of the pieces of my life.


Welcome to the Garden of Egan | January 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM


It sounds like you have found a good balance.
Acceptance of what you achieve. It looks like a full day on the Kazzyplate.......everyday.

You are amazing.

Rebecca Blevins | January 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Exactly. It's a delicate balance that I'm learning to weigh as I go.

Stacy | January 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Please, come teach me.

lesa | January 25, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Balance is a hard thing to learn. I still don't have it figured out but I keep on trying.

Valerie | January 25, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Perfect! I love your definition...and need to be reminded of so many of those details...I'm way too hard on myself sometimes!

Kazzy | January 25, 2011 at 2:51 PM

i certainly do not have it mastered, but I figure that if I write things or say things outloud they become more real!

TisforTonya | January 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

another Amen from me...

working on that guilt thing still... thinking that if I can just accomplish that one more thing today maybe that will be enough?

luckily I have small ones that remind me that if we've managed to survive our day until the prayer and story at the end - that is enough for them.

Barbaloot | January 25, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Those last two---those are the big ones I think.

Joanie | January 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Seeing your daily planner flooded me with memories. You just keep learning as you go.

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CB | January 25, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Brilliant! I would also call it balanced.
Love this post!

Kimberly Vanderhorst | January 25, 2011 at 8:11 PM

I love how you put that. Integration...yes...that is so the word for it.

And that family picture...wowza. LOVE.

Lara Neves | January 25, 2011 at 9:09 PM

How do you always know what I need to learn? I have worked hard on this whole balance/saying no/perfectionism issue and I'm still nowhere close.

You have managed to put what needs to be done and why perfectly in just a few sentences

Thank you. Again!

* | January 25, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Love this. I say "no" all the time, in fact, I'm trying to encourage myself to come around to "yes" again. In time.

LisAway | January 26, 2011 at 6:04 AM

Love the snapshots of integration in your life.

Bossy Betty | January 26, 2011 at 9:12 AM

I'm getting better at the "no" part these days. Love your insights here.

Unknown | January 26, 2011 at 9:29 AM

And it's the most elusive goal in life.

Connie | January 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Sounds like you've got it! Won't it be nice to cut the cord to BYU so you don't have to video yourself teaching!

CiCi | January 28, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Discussing healthy ways to live helps us all. Nice post and I wish you continued success.

InkMom | January 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM

You didn't know you were writing this just for me, did you?

Rachel Cotterill | January 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

I've been thinking about this lately... I'm thinking I'm ready to start trying to make the facets of my life work together instead of against one another. How to do that is another question entirely... :)

wendy | January 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

I need to work harder on my integration-ness.

love the photo of everyone jumping in the air.