3 Tips to Balance Work, School and Your New Relationship



Romance is in the air! Love can be an amazingly beautiful and exciting thing. It can make you feel as though you are walking on air or floating amongst the clouds. Holding hands, sweet kisses and lasting hugs all what classic storybook love stories are made of. But let’s face it, most of us are not fairy tale princesses with tall, white castles and singing animals; we have real lives and real responsibilities.

The balance between work, school and relationship can get exhausting. And trying to balance everything can seem like an impossible task. But effectively learning to balance your personal, professional and love is possible. After all whose says that you can’t have it all!

Read Below My Top 3 Tips on Balancing Your New Relationship and Personal Life

  1. Take some “YOU” time.

In a new relationship, it is easy to want to spend every waking moment with that special person. Even when you are not around that person, you find yourself constantly thinking of them. But even in the midst of the incredible journey of falling in love, it is important to take some time out for yourself. Remember that you had a life before you met this person and it is important to retain a sense of yourself while in a relationship. Make sure to continue to participate in activities, hobbies or sports that you did before you started your relationship. This is important in that it will give you a sense of your own self-identity, while continuing to do the things that you love. Try asking your significant other to join you in some of these activities. It might be a fun way to give them a peek inside your world.

  1. Plan Ahead

Life is so busy! It can be tough to find a way to balance everything, especially at the beginning of a new relationship. All of the sudden you find that you are cutting your time in numerous directions and the process can be both overwhelming and exhausting. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a major advocate of planners. Whether you are old school, like me, and write everything down or you are more new age and use an electronic calendar, it is so important to document upcoming dates and events. Staying organized will eliminate confusion and added stress. Let’s say, for instance, that both you have busy schedules planned for the week. Plan ahead together and schedule a time on the weekend where it is just you two. If you are in a long distance relationship, then make sure to set aside special “virtual date nights”, via skype or Facetime, so that you are devoting a set amount of time to your love.

  1. Incorporate Them Into Your Life

If you are away at school or have a demanding job, try incorporating your partner into some aspects of your daily life and activities. That way, they are involved in your life without physically being there. Try sending snaps or pictures of the big project you are working on for class or asking their advice on a special proposal idea that you have for work. People that love us, love to feel included in our life. Make them feel appreciated and that even though you have a busy schedule, they are still a priority.

Remember that you CAN have it all! A great relationship, thriving personal life, and awesome work life! You just need to dedicate some time to each aspect of your life and learn to be flexible.

We want to hear from you! Tell us your stories or tips for balancing your love, personal and professional life?

Shannan Burrell

Campus Contributor

Shannan Dione Burrell was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Growing up, she thrived in the areas of performing arts, participating in dance, theater, and music. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, in 2010 and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Film and Video at American University, Washington D.C., where she is scheduled to graduate May of 2017. Shannan has always had a passion for volunteering and helping others within her community. She has been an active member of her church Emmanuel AME Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Throughout her years at Emmanuel, she has participated in numerous ministries including the Praise Dance Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Women’s Ministry. Shannan grew up a member of the Girl Scouts of America organization. Her 12 years as a Girl Scout prepared her to become an effective volunteer within the community and a role model for young women. Shannan is currently volunteering with the Best Kids mentoring program in Washington, D.C., which specializes in mentoring inner city youth and foster children. Shannan also has a passion and vison for storytelling through media. She has over 10 years of experience within the media field, which includes numerous internships with companies including Arena Stage Theater in Washington D.C., The Ft. Belvoir Eagle Newspaper in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, Clear Channel Communications in Rockville, Maryland and Gannett/USA Today in McLean, Virginia. Her many years of experience have prompted her to write, direct, and produce over 15 original productions for her church and community. Shannan’s mentors and role models are that of her family, church family, and fellow aspiring African American women in the media field such as Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, who have worked at paving the way for minority storytellers within the entertainment industry. Shannan hopes one day to open up a production company for minorities, which will inspire, motivate, and empower them to follow their passions through the arts. Shannan’s favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She credits this verse for inspiring her to overcome all obstacles within her life and to work hard to succeed and excel at being a good role model for young women within her church and community.

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