Work, life and a little thing called balance

By Justine Clay

The subject of work/life balance is a pretty hot one these days. And it’s about time!  I’ve been in the New York for 17 years now, but I remember being quite taken aback when I first moved here from England.  People only had 2 weeks vacation a year?!  And they didn’t take it?! What kind of a crazy land was this?

But as I grew accustomed to this wonderful city, worked for small, businesses and eventually became a business owner myself, I realized why people do it.  It not just about work, it’s about creative energy, getting things done and being a part of something that’s really exciting.  That said, as my business and life have evolved – I started a second business and had a baby – I realized that it was up to me to draw a line in the sand and define what my balance was.  New York wasn’t about to do it for me.  

Some days/weeks/months feel more balanced than others, but I’m always aware of what I need as a whole person, not just a business owner.  My objective is always to strive for a happy, meaningful and productive life and to do what it takes to make that happen.

How do you feel about your work/life balance?  Do you feel that there are changes you could make that would improve your quality of life? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. 

If you’re interested in chatting more about balance, I’ll be participating in a panel on this very subject on September 17th at Freelancers Union. Work, Life and You: How to Stay Sane and Manage All Three kicks of their educational series and I’m honored to be a part of it.  I’ll be in the good company of Ilise Benum, Michelle Ward and Jason Falk.

If you’d like to learn more, or register, please click here.