What’s Your Sweet Spot?

“The sweet spot = when your personal and professional worlds not only intersect, but exist symbiotically.”

I came up with this quote (and shared it as my Facebook status) last week because all of a sudden I saw my professional life and personal life coming together in the most incredible of ways, inter-meshing in ways I never thought possible, until now.

I can’t say much, but I will say this: my involvement in social media is really helping me at work, and my career choice (PR) is really helping me with my blogging “moonlighting” gig.

While I wouldn’t wish my disordered eating issues on anyone, the fact that I took to blogging to get through it all has presented me a wealth of opportunities I never would have had, had I not been blogging about said issues.

I don’t pretend I am “cured” 100 percent (my mind is still sometimes disordered and I need to remember to quiet the noise), but last week when Fitness Magazine called me to verify/fact-check some things for the March 2010 issue (I’m going to be one of the people featured in an article about over-exercising), the reporter asked how I am now … and I told her the honest truth: I’m good. I really am.

Sure, I still struggle with over-eating at times (who doesn’t?) and emotional eating at times (again, who doesn’t?). And sure, sometimes I lengthen a workout to compensate for a big indulgence, but that’s no different than the average woman.

I’m not spending hours at the gym or doubling up on workouts like I used to do, and I’m not skipping social functions or passing up travel opportunities simply to exercise. Plus, if I’m tired, I don’t force myself to work out. And since my heart monitor battery died, I haven’t replaced it. I am not obsessed with calorie-burning like I used to be.

I’ve finally found a realm of moderation/normalcy … one I strove for, for years. And it feels really good.

And so I think through my problem … I, ironically (or not?) found my personal sweet spot. Today, the two aspects of my life (personal and professional) are reinforcing one another, and it is a beautiful thing.

I know this was kind of a random post, but I just wanted to share this with you all today since it’s been on my mind a lot lately.

How about you? What do you consider to be your “sweet spot” in life? Do you keep your personal and professional lives separate? If you haven’t yet, would you want to mesh them?


14 thoughts on “What’s Your Sweet Spot?

  1. Congratulations on being featured in the article – that is HUGE, Melissa!

    This has got me thinking….I’ve been trying to think of a career that would allow me to do something I love. Those who love their jobs (IMO) usually are doing something they are passionate about, so it does overlap often with their personal life. I would LOVE something like this. That is my goal for 2010 – to find out what “it” is!

    1. Thanks, Holly! You’ll find your “it,” your “sweet spot!” I still think it’s amazing that my husband’s job brought us here to MI and gave me the most incredible opportunities; not many people love their jobs, but I do. And the fact that work and personal life are able to mingle … well, that’s just fabulous.

    1. Sarah, I think in some careers, it is best to keep them apart (i.e., not bringing politics into work) but for me, this inter-meshing is working well, or appears to be 😉

  2. That’s awesome, Lissa!! On the magazine article, of course, but mostly about finding quietness and sanity after over-exercising and ED. I found myself nodding along as I read about how you no longer spend hours at the gym, etc. Me, too! Isn’t recovery fab? 🙂

  3. This was actually very motivational and inspiring for me as I’ve been thinking about this exact topic: how to mesh my personal and professional life. I love blogging (and writing in general) and I feel that’s where my passion lies, though I haven’t had any big successes (yet), and I tend to get very disappointed very easily.
    It sounds like you are integrating things in your life so well, and that’s really great. I’d love to do that!

    Congrats on the upcoming article too! It really does sound like you have come so far to achieve some balance and peace. Again, very inspiring!

  4. a lot of wows here. first congrats on the magazine article, how exciting!! second, great topic, definitely is making me think; and third, so happy for you that you have found your sweet spot, you deserve to have found that wonderful place.

  5. hi lissa! congrats on all your accomplishments, and i must say, as i read through this, all i could think was “God had a plan!”

  6. When I saw your quote on facebook, it literally made me just FEEL more at peace. It is such a nice thought. I am so glad you are in a good place right now. I hope to find that “sweet spot” in 2010!

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