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Making Your Case for Having a Life

You’re drowning in tasks and a list of priorities longer than you can possibly fit into any reasonable life, and your dreams of contribution, progression and quality time with those you love are getting way-laid. It’s time for *the* conversation. With your spouse. With your kids. With your communities. With your boss. And then there’s […]

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Focus and Edit

I have been quiet lately. Not my usual state of affairs! As the world turns in crazy, often horrific ways, and the intense spate of natural disasters coupled with another war have my mind and heart in overload, I have had to stop and think for a while. I have had to review the often […]

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Alright 2011. Bring it.

January is a funny month.  Like the world is in a giant post party fog, slowly waking up. In Australia and all parts southern, it probably means you’re under water (hopefully at the beach and not in the floods). In the northern hemisphere it’s more likely you’re under piles of slush and snow. Either way […]

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Work Life Stories: Broadway Baby (Part 2)

We met Erik Orton earlier in the week, and left his story as he reached crunch time for choosing his next step in the search for integrity in his work life.  Time to introduce Erik’s family, five children, all home-schooled. For Part 1 of Work Life Stories: Broadway Baby, go here. “I needed day job […]

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Work Life Stories: Broadway, Baby (Part 1)

Erik Orton is a playwright, composer and producer by day, and a presentations whiz for a large investment bank by night.  Erik’s story is the journey of an integrated life and what that means to him.  From high school, he was interested in theatre and music, pursuing a Bachelors in Media Music (film scoring, studio […]

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Balance, What Balance?!

Why do I persist in using the term “work life balance” when it has so many complex connotations?  I have a very simple answer.  Because it’s the lingua franca of the academic research and literature, of corporate programs, of legislation and of every day people.  There are those I respect who argue convincingly for alternative […]

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One-Size-Fits-All?

I love stories.  I love hearing them and I love telling them.  In another life when I was a recruiter, the single reason I stayed in the profession for so many years was the chance to sit down several times a day and ask people, “So tell me your story.”  Why people do what they […]

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How to Achieve All Your Goals? It’s Not What it Seems.

You’ve probably read a bunch of articles and a book or two that shout, ‘Think outside of the box!”, or “Move the cheese!”, or some other phrase that encapsulates the phenomenon.   I like to quote one of my kids’ favorite movies, The Swan Princess – “It’s not what it seems…”  It is a lesson I’ve […]

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Tough Year? What Did You Learn?

Thank you for sharing these last few months with me.  Creating this place to write on the conundrum that is work-life balance issues in the modern economy, ask questions and hear from you, has been an unexpected gift.  2009 was a year of reunion, blessings and learning for my family.  We made many changes – […]

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“It’s what you do with it, darl’.”

So much of finding balance in our daily lives is about the lens through which we view our experiences.  How many times has something like this happened to you?  The other day I checked the store hours of the repair shop where my stroller was being fixed, only to find on my arrival that no […]

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