Balancing Blogging, Work, and Life

Today Backpacking Matt asked me via twitter:
@BackpackingMatt: Any advice for balancing blogging and working?
I thought about this a while.  I’m certainly not an expert on the subject.  I haven’t had a real job in years, and this poor travel blog has suffered through many long bouts of neglect. But the question was a good one.

Many of us bloggers feel that our true life’s work is our writing, or our photography, or our vlogs, or whatever it is that we do.  it comes down to balancing our art, our lives, and the way we make money.  And that’s no easy task.

Then I remembered a quote from Francois Auguste Rene Chateaubriand (hell of a name, Frenchy!) and I re-googled it.  Turns out he’s had it all figured out since the mid 1800’s!

Bask in his brilliance, friends:

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing.

To himself, he always appears to be doing both.

— Francois Auguste Rene Chateaubriand

There you have it.  Life is about balance.  But don’t stress too much about it.  Just keep pursuing your vision of excellence – in everything that you do!

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