A Summer Of Hard Work
Work hard and play hard. But don’t confuse the two. Author Unknown
People are used to freedom and family during the summertime, bracketed by beaches, long days and picnics. That’s what our memories tell us, what photo albums tell us, and what advertising tells us.
But for working women, the reality is very different.
For me, this summer was about working harder than ever, managing the increasing demands of family and friends, and my own self-imposed expectations.
It turns out a summer of hard work may be a good thing. (I keep telling myself this!)
I’m living the entrepreneur’s life which means there is often not enough balance (I’m never really not working.) This summer I focused more on work/life balance, tending to the business and the social community while also tending to my family and friendships.
I’m anticipating the cooler days of autumn in New England, the energy of new students in Boston and Cambridge, and the return to more normal business schedules. The third quarter will be the time to charge up the batteries and get ready for the introspection of the holidays.
I’ve been truly blessed this summer to connect with my colleagues and fun friends, as well as my parents. I think about the millions of other people who are sorting through childhood homes full of memories while they juggle careers and the demands of their own families and think I’ve been fortunate to have this time.
I’ve been spending my free time “hanging out” and mentoring high school and college students, and realize that now is the time to help them plot the next place on their maps of discovery and growth. It’s pretty cool. It’s no secret that it’s one of my favorite roles.
I talk to my women friends, all in different situations, and celebrate those differences with them.
Work/life balance is still a daily battle for me. I have been working on my various and complex relationships and scanning the horizon for trends and concepts that will inform my own career path in the coming months. It’s necessary work, and although it had to take place in competition with summer’s glories, perhaps it’s all the sweeter to have done it and come out the other side.
And of course there is next summer, and the memory of beaches, to savor.
What does work/life balance mean to you during times of transition? Women of HR readers, I am interested to hear your thoughts.