Do your career and life have coherence? Let's drop work/life balance from our vocabulary.
co・her・ence [noun]: the quality of forming a unified whole.
According to the Barna Group, 50% of women are somewhat satisfied with their lives with 59% of all women (62% of moms) are dissatisfied with work/life balance. Women's priorities in the study didn't match their time commitments on their calendars. While some of this can't change, we can view our lives as a whole rather than segments to keep in balance.
Projects and tasks change in different sectors of our lives, but let's not lose the unifying threads that make you, YOU: friendship, hobbies, family, faith, etc. Instead of getting bogged down by logistics and perfection of balance, let's authentically show up without guilt or shame.
How does this play out practically?
✔︎ Use vacation time to do something you love.
✔︎ Share a meal with your neighbors. Pizza on the front lawn or backyard is easy!
✔︎ Take on the project that lights your heart on fire!
✔︎ Try something new at work or personally!
✔︎ Take your kids to soccer practice guilt-free (even if you have to leave work early!)
Show up only as you can! A unified, whole person. Coherence over a balancing act.