By Raissa Nebie (Co-Founder & CEO, Spoondate)
A few months ago, I wrote a post enumerating a few things I would do if I had more time. Back then, I was 100% focused on work and launching a startup.

Six months later, I’ve learned that maintaining balance is critical to happiness. Work and success are great, but a life without fun, family, friends, etc. sucks.

I started to make room for simple pleasures, starting with taking a full day off per week, and it made a huge difference.

Today, I revisited my ”wishlist” and was pretty pleased to see that I was actually in a position to cross off a few items.

  • Date (still working on this one, but i may have met someone i fancy.)>
  • Hang out with my friends (I do this quite a bit now)
  • Explore the city (I’ve explored quite a few neighborhoods since then)
  • Throw dinner parties (yes, I’ve had a few friends over for dinner)
  • Try new restaurants (luckily, this comes with the job)
  • Post new blogs on The Thrifty Gourmet (working on it)
  • Take a Samba class at least once a week (samba was replaced with afrohouse)
  • Play the guitar again (not yet, need to find a teacher)
  • Make my own fashion apparel (yes, I’ve made a dress)
  • Read more books (do cookbooks count?)
  • Improve my baking skills (yes, I apprenticed with a pastry chef)
  • Cook more (oh yes!)
  • Attend art shows
  • Do more outdoorsy things
  • Learn to drive
  • Volunteer
  • Go to the cinema

In conclusion, lack of time is a lame excuse.

We find a way to make time for the things that truly matter to us.

This post was originally posted at Raissa Nebie’s blog.

About the guest blogger: Raissa Nebie is the co-founder and CEO of Spoondate. Prior to founding Spoondate, Raissa pursued a career on Wall Street. She attended the French Culinary Institute and worked at high-end restaurants in Europe. Raissa is passionate about exploring the various ways food can be used to encourage social interaction and cultural exchange between people from different backgrounds. Raissa is an avid traveler and bread-baking enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter at @thriftygourmet.