Nothing re-energizes me like riding my horse—being outdoors, being present, and enjoying the process for no end goal or agenda. Just being.
But you don’t need a horse.
I love to take my dog for a walk in the forest preserve.
If you ever feel overwhelmed by your vast and various responsibilities and roles—and let’s face it, what woman doesn’t?—it’s time to think about your inner circle.
Multiple generations of the same family used to live in the same house or at least in the same neighborhood or town, and they were able to support each other in so many ways, from being a listening ear, to picking a sick kid up from school, to planning holidays and parties together. That’s no longer the norm today; in fact, none of my extended family is local. At the same time, our schedules have become more hectic. I still need support.
Work-life balance is a funny phrase, almost implying that the two are separate. They’re not—or they don’t have to be. Every woman is different, and the priorities you set for yourself are really important. Personally, I was fed up with compartmentalizing my life and being told when I could spend time with my family and when I couldn’t. I was dismayed that I had to leave for work before my baby wasn’t even awake yet. I was tired of asking permission to take a half-day off to chaperone a field trip.