Hello SOTGC community,
Have you ever Googled the phrase “work-life balance?” I did. My search resulted in more than 297,000,000 hits. 297,000,000! Say that number out loud with me. Two-hundred-and-ninety-seven-MILLION. Take a minute to really let the implication of that number sink in.
297,000,000 books, articles, TED talks, research studies, blogs, coaches, consultants, quizzes, questionnaires, and quotes (just to name a few). 297,000,000 resources dedicated to the mysterious, often elusive, concept of finding “a comfortable state of equilibrium” between work and personal life (businessdictionary.com). Seems to me that with all this information floating around the interwebs, someone would have found the definitive answer by now, dontcha think?
Libra Seeking Balance
I’ve been a working mom for almost 24 years (gulp) – and I’m a Libra. You’d think this whole balance thing would be a breeze for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve experienced moments (however brief) of calm serenity. Fleeting instances of meeting all my deadlines, achieving my goals, making prioritized to-do lists (without losing them) and then triumphantly crossing the items off one by one, all while being fully present with friends and family AND taking time out for me. That’s right – I brought home the bacon AND fried it up in the pan.
The problem is I can’t seem to maintain that sense of centered well-being. Truth be told, I usually muck things up for myself by adding just one more ace of spades to my already precarious house of cards. I’m like a burnout junkie. I need of a support group.
Hi. My name is Casey, and I’m unbalanced.
A New Focus
So how have I sabotaged my sanity this time? Grad school … again. Yup, apparently my “full-time career, husband, youngest kid starting college in the fall, side coaching business, volunteer board position, article deadlines, and close family member fighting a life-threatening illness” dance card just wasn’t full enough. And, in all seriousness, most days I feel like I’m drowning.
Here at SOTGC, I usually write about leadership and career development. But, during the next few months, I’m switching gears. I’ve come out of the I-only-LOOK-like-I-have-all-my-shit-together closet to share my personal struggle to find true and lasting balance.
In this new series, Tipping the Scale, I’ll write about topics like the illusion of time management, overwhelm, perfectionism, saying “yes,” saying “no,” parental guilt, girlfriends, success, fear, failure, wellness, love, marriage, and maybe even sex (hell, I figure if I don’t have time to HAVE it I might as well WRITE about it).
Please join me on this no-holds-barred, definitely vulnerable, hopefully humorous, always real journey towards unleashing my inner Libra. Maybe we’ll learn something together. If you’re with me on this…will you Tweet, share on Facebook, or Pin this post?