Mothers Seeking Work-Life Balance
I am a woman, wife, mother and a CEO.
Therefore, I seek work-life balance.
So this week when CNN asked for stories from mothers on Yahoo’s appointment of its first female CEO Marissa Mayer (and oh yes, she’s also expecting a baby in October), I had to respond. Here’s a snippet of what I wrote. Catch the full iReport in CNN here.
A boardroom medical yogi traveling, teaching, educating, and seeing patients…and who also sweeps floors, irons laundry, and sings jazz in her spare time…and oh yes, is a wife and a mother of three boys under the age of six. This story may just be the “perfect storm” for mothers seeking work-life balance.
How I seek work-life balance in pursuit of “doing it all” (notice I didn’t say “having it all”):
Reflection. You see your own in the mirror day in, day out.
But who do see? The person you were, the person you are, or the person you want to become?
Self-reflection is recognized as a universal requirement for learning. And for me, it is absolutely necessary in the daily pursuit of my own work-life balance.
Maxine Greene PhD, who entered the field of education in 1938 and established herself early on at Columbia University as the “lone female voice” in a male dominated philosophy of education, has this to say about reflection…
Self reflection practice has revealed to me, through the years, these two truths. Though simple, they have had a profound effect on ordering my life for greatest growth and success – and ultimately to strike a peaceful balance as a woman, wife, mother, physical therapist, and business owner.
The benefits of being self-aware helps others find their work-life balance too. If I am responsible for the energy I bring into a room, then from colleagues to cradle, those around me have the freedom to cultivate their own self-awareness and sense of inner peace and external balance.