Work Life Balance

All throughout adulthood, I have struggled with finding the right balance between work & life. As my career took off & our family expanded, maintaining balance proved to be extremely difficult! Over the last decade, the scale has almost always been heavier on one side more then the other.

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With our first child, both my husband & I held full time jobs. Financially, it wasn’t feasible for me to stay home.  I was fortunate that we were stationed at home in Hawaii & I had my grandmother to help babysit but sadly I missed out on a lot of my oldest son’s milestones. Work took up a lot of my time in my twenties.  

When we had my two younger children, we were stationed in an area where we knew no one & family baby sitting wasn’t an option. If I continued to work, my entire paycheck would have gone to a babysitter & so we decided to make some sacrifices so I could stay home with the kids.  Once my younger two were in elementary, I started to get back into the work force, the scales weighed heavily toward family life.  I made sure to plan my therapy practice around their school & extra curricular activities. As they got bigger and didn’t need me as much, I was able to take on more hours & my business started to boom.  Such a double edge sword. I loved my practice, wanted to excel & to grow but all the work it took to continue forward momentum meant cutting into family time.  Again the scales were off balance.  In 2015 I have hustled to get my life more in sync with giving almost equal time to both work & family.  

Daily I speak to women about this exact same struggle.  This problem plagues not only working moms but also SAHM’s as well. This constant battle can be so exhausting & while I hear what’s broken, I also hear the underlying theme of being overwhelmed & at a loss for how to remedy. I firmly believe in order to fix something, you have to know what’s broken, why it’s broken & what’s holding you back.  In order to do so, I’ve come up with a worksheet to map out your own work/life balance!  I’d love to share it with you. Just click the box below!

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-Nadine

 

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