Be Balanced

Be Balanced - in work, home, social, and fitness.
Alexandra Keegan
Alexandra Keegan writes the Be Balanced blog. She is a soon-to-be mom, a to-do list tackling wife, and the Internal Communications Coordinator at Beebe Healthcare.
Choose to have and do less to ease the over-drive that comes with parenthood.
Like many people, I spend a good deal of my time doing things I think I “should” do, whether or not they are important to me. I should wear makeup every day, I should do the dishes before I go to bed. The list goes on. In thinking this way, I take on too much, or make things harder on myself than I need to. As I adjust to being a working mom and realize that now more than ever, there simply aren’t...
Spending time with my baby is the best time.
Most of my maternity leave passed in what felt like real time – sleep deprived, milk-covered, wonderful real time. But the last month or so flew. Each time I entered my leave into Beebe’s payroll system, I was reminded of exactly how much precious time I had left. There was a big part of me that was excited to return to work, and just as big a part that wanted to pause time and hold my beautiful...
Feeling like a couch potato? Lace up those shoes and get out the door!
At the beginning of my pregnancy, I was terrified to run. There was no reason to be scared – the current recommendation is that pregnant women should continue at the level of exercise they were used to before becoming pregnant, unless their provider advises them otherwise – but I was scared nonetheless. By about eight weeks, I knew that I would lose my mind if I went seven plus more months without...
Getting ready for baby is nearly a full-time job!
By the time this blog is published, I will either be in the throes of postpartum or waiting out the final days before Baby Keegan makes his or her arrival (UPDATE: Baby Keegan has arrived!). However, weeks prior to having the baby, I’ve got one thing on my mind: baby prep. I’m making my lists and checking them twice, making sure we have everything we need for baby’s arrival. An important part of...
Being a Homeowner: As with so many things in life, there is a balance between effort and ease when trying to accomplish a goal.
A little over a year ago, my husband Dave and I bought a fixer upper, and have been working diligently to make improvements to it ever since. In our first few months there, we renovated the kitchen, laundry room and powder room, replaced most of the flooring on the first floor, repainted several of the downstairs rooms, and had an unsafe stair railing replaced. Whew! It was around the time the...
Balance is a joy in nature, however it can be more difficult to find balance in our daily lives.
During a recent blogger gathering, I was sharing my ideas for this blog and the inspiration behind it. The blog is supposed to be about balance – what it looks like, how to achieve it, and my own efforts to be balanced or (finally) recognize that there is no such thing, and that each of us is doing the best we can. As I described why I often felt off-balance and the cacophony of thoughts running...