Are you feeling unbalanced?-here’ s my four portions.


‘Balance is key to a happy and healthy life’

Balance is key to a happy and healthy life.  I say that because when we are out of balance we are not ourselves. This week I am sharing what works for me. I have four portions in my day that help to balance my day out and more so … keeps me balanced!

Forget about strenuous routines you can’t adhere to. It’s time for some simplicity in your life, let’s face life should be getting better not harder and it’s all up to how you perceive it and then the choices you make from it.

Instead of trying to micro-manage your life, why don’t you put it into clumps? I like clumps because it keeps life simple and the more simple your life is, the more you get to enjoy life, the more you get to enjoy you and the people around you.

‘Four portions in my day’


Four portions…..sounds like a meal. Well I guess you could look at it that way. Which part of the meal am I going to eat first? Which part’s will I devour and enjoy and which part will I leave till last? If I was to sit down to my favourite meal I would be looking forward to it. I would pick the parts that I want to taste first and the bits that look delicious. I would saviour the flavours in my mouth and taste the textures. I might even decide how I would be layering it on my fork, oh what fun it is to eat. Hope I’m not making you hungry?

My four portions of my day are kind of like that. I love to get the things done in the morning that match  my focus and energy and then leave the other portions for different times of the day. Now you might say, well what’s the difference between that and routine? Well, routine just sounds exactly like that….boring, mundane, work-like, miserable, ground-hog day…..I could go on.

If you are wanting to spruce up your life a little or a lot then it may help you to change the way you are looking at your day and the way you are approaching it.

Questions for you :


How do you feel when you have to do the CHORES  of the home? Do you feel happy that you have a family or a partner when you are washing their clothes? Or are you cursing the clothes when you are approaching the loaded basket? Are you appreciating your washing machine and the work it does for you since a good fifty to eighty years ago hand washing was how the women of that time got their washing done? In some country’s it still exists. Can you remember what it was like before you had your family and how you yearned for them? Or how you yearned to have that someone special in your life? If you can approach your daily chores with the feeling of: ‘this is an extension of my family that I love’ instead of ‘look at that washing I have to do’ and feel the love for your family you will soften the way you feel about those things and so much more. If you are fortunate enough to have someone do your laundry and house work, then maybe you could apply this method to other things in your life you are feeling agitated about.

What is that thing that bothers you the most? 

How do you think about it?

How do you go about it?

Now I want you to change the way you look at it with a different point of view.

Change your perception.

Find something you appreciate about that thing you do or have to do and begin to approach it every time with that new view.

In time you will find yourself able to do just about anything without resistance and you will begin to enjoy so much more of your day. Keep practicing, it works.

Four portions in my day

Work-wise-This is my work play, as I like to call it since I don’t make work of my work. I go into my house work or my work for my business with an attitude of a light heart. I have energy for what I do and I do it mostly in the hours of 8am until 2pm. I feel free when I do it and appreciate that I can do these things.

Exercise-wise-I find time in most of my days to either do some kind of exercise. I don’t really like to use that word since it can suggest-hardwork or it can create a  negative feeling toward the activity. I take my dog for a walk in order to get fresh air and sunshine as well as clearing my head and my space. That’s how I look at ‘exercise’. I also attend Zumba a couple of night’s a week, and it is always fun.

The point I am trying to make is that your exercise should be fun and if you like to sweat and work out hard and you find that ‘fun’,then you will always go back for more. It’s just that if you are trying things, and giving up on them, then maybe it’s not the thing you are doing, but the way you are looking at it and the way you are feeling about it.

Relax-No matter what I am doing, most of the time I do feel relaxed. Some things in the day ask more of me than other things and at times I am less relaxed. I do take time in my day to find relaxation so that I can totally let go. Sometimes I don’t need to do this if I have been already doing something that was relaxing that day.

For example: if I take my dog for a walk,sometimes it is a good brisk walk and sometimes it is a relaxing walk. Just find some time your day to take a minimum of 10-20 minutes devoted to your relaxation.

Enjoy-In all honesty if you are not enjoying most of your day, then you could be in trouble. Not being satisfied or happy for the most part of the day so that you can enjoy it is detrimental to your health. Emotionally it can play out in a  negative role in your life, so it is important that you are finding things to enjoy in your day. I also like to reflect at the end of the day on feeling fulfilled with the satisfaction that those four portions have been completed for that day or I did the best I could.

You’ve got to remember that we live our lives in each day. You are not living your life for tomorrow or yesterday. You must enjoy all of the moments for what you can get out of them. Life is  not always going to be roses and lollipops and rainbows and sun-showers. But if you can get a grip on enjoying more in your day to day life, then those rainbows and lollipops, sunshowers and roses will show up more often. And even if they don’t you won’t need them to be there in order to feel some satisfaction because you will be feeling good.

Thanks for reading my blog. Tell me what your day is like. I’d love to hear it. Do you struggle with your days? Leave a comment or share this post if you think it may help another.

Lashings Of Love Jennifer

Author: Jennifer Giacoppo

I love Personal Development and I love sharing my experiences, tips and techniques on how I apply Personal Development in my life.
I am an Aussie girl who also loves Zumba, cooking, having fun, laughing a lot, redesigning and re-upholstering, gardening, meditating.
Spending time with my family and friends
I love a good meal.
I looooove a good gin and tonic.

6 thoughts on “Are you feeling unbalanced?-here’ s my four portions.”

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    You are a gal after my own heart. I love your four portions of a day because I live a similar life. When I decided to give up my shop years back and live the “laptop lifestyle” I felt like a million bucks!

    My husband and I work together online, and we are excited every day to “work” lol. We ease into our day with coffee kind of masterminding but it comes natural because we love what we do.

    Then sit side by side – each on our own laptops – and do whatever we do. Sometimes I give him a nudge “hey..want to take a walk?” and we are out and about.

    We do find our relaxing time in the evenings, playing with the pooch or binge watching a TV series for two hours. It can be anything.

    But the best is that we laugh every day. The only thing I need to work on is a better exercise regiment. This winter I had a few minor surgeries that cut my time away from exercising and I really need to get back to that.

    Enjoy your four courses!

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    1. Dear Donna,
      apologies first as I did not have the video set up right so you may have missed my vlog. Anyway, it is always a delight to me to see you visiting my blog and I always appreciate your words as they are from your heart and genuine. It’s amazing how you can get to know someone through the internet and because I have heard your voice, I hear it when I read your comments.

      I love your lifestyle and hope that one day my husband and I can spend more time together like you and David do. I love your energy Donna and your love for life….what more can anyone want. As long as you are still blogging, I can see a long term friendship with you. Of course if one of stops blogging it won’t mean that we won’t remain friends, it’s just that every week now I get to know you more and more and I adore your help, advice and fun loving nature.

      Thanks for stopping by-Lashings of Love Jennifer

  2. Hi Jennifer,

    Super post and what a great way to structure each day – forget routine let’s have four portions!

    You gave the example of people doing the washing. Most people think it’s a chore, and a drag. But if we change our perception and treat it like it’s a privilege and a blessing, it makes the activity easier, even enjoyable.

    Actually, I live in a developing country, and many people here still do washing by hand. And they sure have the right attitude – they sing, they smile, they make jokes despite the fact it must be tiring for them to wash all their families clothes by hand.

    Another example. Today I had to make sales calls. When I first woke up, I didn’t feel like it. ‘What a chore, what a pain in the butt’ were my early thoughts. But I changed my perception, got on the phone and had a great time.

    Thanks for adding further lustre to my day, Jennifer

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    1. Hey Kim,
      you always make me laugh with your honesty. I like that you keep it real. There just is no fluff with you.
      I often think that the people who are happy can teach us a lot-like how to remember to just be happy no matter what.

      I think there is value in most things and most of the time I can find my joy in whatever I am doing. Sometimes I even think about other things when I am doing those mundane jobs because it makes me feel good when I am doing whatever that is.-Thanks for taking the time to stop by-Jennifer

  3. Hey Jennifer,

    Great idea the portions. Work/play that’s what I’m working towards. Reflection is a valuable tool. We get to see our progress, what requires further work and how we feel about it all. Reflections happens to me naturally and shows me things I would never have picked up had gone back over a day, a week or a month.

    I agree with the exercise word. It has hard labor attached to it. Isn’t Zumba a wonderful workout? I too do lots of walking and daydreaming. Fresh is is a must to clear the cob webs of my mind when I’ve been writing.

    I have a love/hate relationship with housework. There are times I enjoy it. Repeating the same tasks over and over is like a mediation on some days, however on others its that struggle of the regular routine. But I go with whatever mood I’m in and don’t try to shift it. It is what it is and I embrace whatever feeling I hold.

    I love when people talk about relaxing. In this face paced world, there is not enough of it. When I added it to my schedule I saw a productivity increase and it has been penciled into my schedule ever since. Thanks for the reminder of the four portions.


    1. Hey Rachel,
      thanks for sharing your ideas on how you approach your day. I love your honesty. Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you. Busy working on other things for my business.

      I love how you talked about that at times you are feeling good with your house work and other days not so much. The part I loved is how you talk about how you embrace your feelings and you don’t just try to make them something they are not.

      I love relaxing and often find it visits me in most things that I do.

      Really love watching you on facebook and enjoy your short videos. Thanks for stopping by -Jennifer

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