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Achieving Balance in Life

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One thing many people find hard to achieve in life, even though many others make it look easy and call it the secret of happiness, is finding a balance. A balance between what you love and what you have to do to get by and stay healthy. Even if we had all the time in the world to only do the think we love most, like kayaking on the lake, at a certain point it won’t be fun anymore because we need balance.

It’s one of the hardest things to achieve but can be the most rewarding. I have many friends who have found a balance. Some made it look as simple as boiling water while others had to go through many bouts of depression and personal struggle before they were able to knock away the imbalances plaguing their emotions. Now the latter is happy and vibrant while I still toil and dream of what a life of balance would mean for me.

The year 2022 has a been a sluggish process of trying to achieve balance for me. There are certain habits holding me back and all I need to do is moderate them and replace some of the precious time spent elsewhere. I feel like I’m making process while I also feel like this is something I should’ve figured out sooner in life. One thing I have found balance in his a sense of shame, I guess, for I’m proud the next moment and shameful first. One day I’m hard on myself for not trying hard enough and the next day I’m celebrating and thinking I’m doing such a good job.

Balance – it’s a funny thing!

My best wishes go out to everyone else who also struggles to find that happy medium. If I can do it or at least try, then you can to, and when you close your eyes after reading this you can imagine what a life with balance can look like for you. Keep trying!

Happy New Year! – What Will 2022 Become?


What will 2022 become for you? Whatever may be in store, we’re still here to wish you a happy New Year. For us here at C-UMC, we got exciting plans for 2022. To start things off we’re going to be focusing heavily on increasing our education throughout the new year. We believe you’re never too old to keep learning everyday like a student so we’ll be taking online courses and training to enhance our world knowledge. We’re hoping that in turn this will also increase the quality of our blog. Nothing but excitement over here!

We would like to ask you truly to consider what you can do in the new year to better your life and the lives of those around you. When 2022 is over, you’ll be glad you did!

3 Simple Ways to Help Your Local Community

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Here are 3 ways to help your local community. By doing these 3 things, which aren’t too difficult, you’ll be improving the lives of those around you, and your own life as well.

Way #1 – Host a Block Part, Frequently

Host a block BBQ party every two months, so that all your neighbors have a chance to meet each other. You’d be surprised how long people can live next door to each other without ever chatting. When neighbors know each other, it makes watering the lawn all that much more enjoyable as you get to wave hello and put smiles on people’s faces. The best way to get your neighbors in contact is to print off an invitation letter and slip them in the mail box of everyone on your block. Hopefully, more than a few of them will show up to your BBQ and then you can let the connections flow.

Way #2 – Clean the Exterior of Your House

Keep the exterior of your house in clean condition, as this creates a ripple effect across your community as other homeowners nearby compare their mildew-covered paneling to your freshly pressure-washed fa├žade. This is called the broken window effect. If one window is broken on your street, just wait and eventually another one will pop up. Scientists studied this phenomenon with graffiti in the New York subway. They found that after vigorously combating graffiti for long enough, it eventually stopped showing up altogether. You may or may not have moss on your roof or salt on your windows depending on where you live, but by calling exterior home cleaning companies like this one (click link to see) to pressure wash your driveway and siding, you’ll notice the houses around yours gradually becoming cleaner as well. It’s science!

Way #3 – Neuter Your Pets and Take Them to Designated Parks

However convenient it is to walk your dog around the block and let him or her pee on things as they pass, let alone not pick up their poop, it creates much unmentioned strife in your community. Most neighbors won’t come out and say it if they’re polite, but of course they don’t want your dog pissing in their bushes every morning at 7:30 AM. Dog pee is very bad for lawns, and once one dog starts being on a spot suddenly all the dogs that are walked down that street will pee there and the grass will begin to die. Also, not neutering your cats and letting them roam astray is what causes those vile-sounding cat fights in the middle of the night. I get so mad at neighbors who have more than one un-neutered cat because the sound of them fighting at night keeps me awake. Help your community by taking your dog to the park – it should only take an extra fraction of an hour to do this – so that they aren’t peeing all over your neighborhood.

Thank you.