My company, all my professional networking groups, and everything I read about happiness for the career-focused, purpose-driven woman touted balance as the solution to all my problems.
And while the idea of balance always seemed dreamy and idyllic, there’s something about it that eluded me for years.
Everywhere I looked I saw women living and working in extremes. They were either ALL IN or ALL OUT. Was anyone really "making this work"?
Can balance actually exist?
Look, I know balance is a touchy subject... and for good reason.
You might be adamantly for it or ready to scream at the top of your lungs that it's total BS.
Maybe you're tossing around phrases like "work life integration", because that simple change helps you sleep at night. You can call it whatever you want.
The truth is... we all want the same damn thing:
We want to go to bed at night knowing we made a difference in someone's life and wake up in the morning inspired to do it all over again.
We want to stop feeling guilty about the life we're missing out on when we're working and we want to stop feeling guilty about the living we're doing when we "should be" working.
Somewhere along the way, someone told us what we're doing (which is EVERYTHING) isn't enough. So we keep pushing... as soon as we hit one milestone, we're on to the next.
This constant striving for more - the inner drive that all of us over-achievers have - leaves us feeling exactly the opposite of what we want. Instead of happy and fulfilled, we're exhausted, stressed, burnt out and totally OUT OF BALANCE.
It's cliche, I know, but life is way too short to spend your time living solely for other people and ignoring what YOU need.