Today I am teaming up with a bunch of amazing bloggers to answer a question put out to us by the lovely ladies at The B Bar. The question is ‘How do you achieve work/life balance?’
The most truthful and simple answer is: I don’t.
I am horrible at perfecting the elusive work/life balance and I think those who say they have it down pat are either lying (sorry) or are some sort of time travelling Demigod.
The problem lies within the fact that what is needed to balance work and life is ever changing. There are some weeks when work is absolutely flat out, I’m home late every day and I’d be lucky if I’ve managed to eat anything that resembles food let alone stop for a toilet break or check in with how my son is going at daycare for the day. This usually happens around the time that my toddler is teething or there’s a big family event on that needs planning and attention (hello Murphy’s Law).
During this time there is no balance – none at all. I run around frantically and high five myself if I manage to feed all the members in my family and not burn my house down because I forgot to turn off my hair straightener again.
Then there are times when work is quiet and I don’t do much during the days (I’m a Paramedic so it’s not like I can go and create my own work). This is when I get to study to keep my skills and knowledge up to date as well as being able to blog for something to do. It’s a these times when I usually feel like I have things in order… but it never lasts long.
There’s always talk about how to achieve the perfect life balance, there’s posts, articles and even video chats about it. It can make us feel like we are failing if we don’t have everything in check. Which for me just adds to the Mummy Guilt of being a working mum.
I think that a work/life balance is something we aim for, we aim to always put our families first, we aim to leave our work at work and be present for our families, we aim to spend good quality time with those that matter most to us. And that’s a good thing. But sometimes it doesn’t happen, and that’s okay.
I don’t believe a work/life balance, as far as a perfect one goes, actually does exist. I think the balance part comes when you cope with the ever changing nature of life and work and you somehow manage to not lose your mind in the process.
Do you think the perfect work/life balance exists? I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Leave your comments below and make sure you check out some of the other posts from bloggers who have shared their thoughts on how they achieve their work/life balance.
The B Bar // 26 and Not Counting // Rae Loves // Sarah Hartley // Carrie Loves // Soak and Simmer // The Not Quite Adult // White Cabana // PreppyPanache // LiskaMonet // Alyssa J Freitas // Rossetto // With Love From Ellie // Cake & Lilies // Feathers and Stripes // Leigh Clair // White Oak Creative // Life Modifier // Random Little Faves // Jacque Of All Trades // Business Betties // Girl for Granted // Alicia Tenise // The Yuppie Flies // It’s Droolworthy // Something Good Blog // Elana Lyn // Forth Chicago // Emilie Lima Burke // Manifest Yourself // Fit for a Bride Blog // A Little Leopard // Coral and Cognacs // Little Wild Heard // It’s Julien // Boys and Bombshell // Meg Biram // Victoria McGinley