One of my closest friends — who has not approved this blog post, so for now shall remain nameless — has been asked to speak on BALANCE at an event coming up in Maryland. I will, of course, be making this trip with her. She asks, “Aren’t I the WORST person to speak on BALANCE?”
Honest answer: Maybe — at first glance. Because she struggles. She’s fiercely driven, loves to over-deliver, makes a really good income (on her terms), and has a son that she takes for pizza all the time… and the pool. A son who still loves for her to drop him off at school… and all of the family commitments that make being a fiercely driven business owner THAT MUCH more hectic. There are weeks when she’s a rockstar to her clients and feels like a failure at home, and weeks when she’s a rockstar Mom, feeling like she’s let her client’s down. She’s learned to draw boundaries… and to move them (in or out) when necessary.
All of this (and MORE of the gory details she’ll reveal about life as a busy mom/woman/wife/biz owner/ rock star…) is EXACTLY what makes her the perfect choice for this presentation. They couldn’t choose a better speaker. Because she’ll share her struggles… and her solutions. She’ll share the TRUTH — which is that perfect balance that lasts forever is like a unicorn farm. It doesn’t exist.
However, she’ll also share — instead — that balance is something constantly being defined and created and then redefined and re-created. CHANGING, of course, along with the person pursuing it.
What’s your definition of BALANCE today?