As I sit here in Starbucks, reflecting the past year, I am humbled. I hosted my first ever Red Carpet Fashion Show with great success, published my first “Bri Seniors” magazine, worked with several amazing clients, and moved into my first office space. I attended an amazing workshop in sunny San Diego and met some very talented photographers from around the country. Even with all of that, I do feel like 2015 was one of my most challenging years I’ve had. Why? Because it takes tremendous effort to wear the many hats that I do. I’m a mother, wife, full-time employee to a busy non-profit, a friend, as well as a business owner. I have to delicately balance everything on a pedestal so that it doesn’t all come crashing down.
Finding the right work life to family balance takes skill. It’s a skill that I haven’t mastered and I’m not sure that I ever will. In 2016, I hope to work smarter, not harder. I want to continue to grow my business, achieve my goals, but keep my family focus in the forefront. There are a few things that I learned last year that perhaps might help you when trying to balance your work and family life.
- Set aside blocks of time in your schedule for family time and for work time. This last year, I scheduled the morning to spend with my daughter, then scheduled the afternoon for work. If I didn’t physically schedule this time in my calendar, it didn’t happen.
- It’s okay to say NO. This was one of the hardest things for me learn, but it felt good to not let work interfere with scheduled family time.
- Surround yourself with people who have the same priorities as you. It’s nice to have a support system that understands what you’re going through and can offer you advice.
Work/family balance will continue to be a work in progress for me. If you have ideas to help with work/family life balance, I’d love to hear them! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. Let’s go, 2016!
Now for the mushy stuff — thanks to my hubby who is a constant supporter. He makes me mad, frustrated and he tells me things that I don’t want to hear. He challenges me and my stubbornness. He makes me a better person. He makes work harder. He’s so smart and sees things from another perspective that I might not always see. He pushes me. He challenges me. He’s the best thing to ever have happened to me 🙂
Not only do I have the support of my husband, but of my family and friends. I was blown away by the amount of support that I received when I did my Red Carpet Fashion Show. The number of family members and friends who traveled from out of town, even out of state, to make sure the evening was a success was remarkable. To have their support and encouragement means the world to me. I love you all —-> Mom, Mama P, Jesse, Kelly, Jill, Lacey and Jay, Bobbi, McKenna, Dawn, Melissa and Jordan, Paige, and Ted. If I forgot anyone, please forgive me!
Lastly, I have to say that I am so damn lucky to have the clients that I do. YOU are the ones who make my year so amazing and I love you all! Here’s to 2016! Let’s do this!