Lets face it: Life is complex. No matter our circumstances – single or married, caregivers or not, we all struggle to some degree to have a life while making a living. We each have a multitude of responsibilities, dreams and to-dos that demand energy and time.
Left to our own imaginations (and the likes of social media), we might all begin to think that everyone but us has this whole ‘work-life balance’ thing figured out with an immaculate house, thriving career, perfectly coiffed hair, highly engaged friends and family, money in the bank, and farm-to-fork gourmet meals prepared from scratch on the table. Every night.
#myfabulouslife #doingitall #imeverywoman
Um, yeah. Not so much.
Seriously, don’t believe the hype.
I personally think that ‘work-life balance’ is actually very much like the unicorn: beautiful, elusive and imaginary.
The very term ‘balance’ suggests that somehow we should all be able to marry career and personal life in a way that equitably divides the investment of our efforts. Furthermore, ‘balance’ suggests that there is one, single right way to make things happen successfully at both home and the office and it looks/feels a specific way.
I am a proponent of what is more appropriately called ‘work-life integration.’ My work and personal life is all one big collection of activity.
Frankly, I like it that way.
I think that life ebbs-and-flows and we bob-and-weave right along with it. Why not develop a rhythm of work-life that meets your needs instead of pursuing an unattainable ideal (i.e. perfect balance)?
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