Fulfilled Life, Not Balanced
Updated: Dec 29, 2018
We've heard for years that work/life balance exists, but does it really?
Hi! My name is Erin.
I’m the Executive Director for a nonprofit in Oklahoma City, a community volunteer, writer, public speaker, board member, Bible class teacher, mother of three kiddos ages 13, 10 and 7, wife of a school administrator, runner, and, lest I forget, an expert chocolate chip cookie maker.
And I have a confession to make.
My life isn’t balanced at all.
Yet according to my seven year old, I’m the “best mom ever”.
How many of you can relate? Whether you have little kiddos at home like me or not, you likely experience an equally stressful, overbooked and intense life. A constant struggle to achieve what society has told us is achievable: this thing called work/life balance.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a high level executive, a mid level manager or a consultant that works from home, we’re all struggling to keep it together. No matter who you are and how much power you have, work and life are blended and often collide.
Several years ago, I took on the challenge of work life balance. Surely there was more to this phenomenon than people let on. So I conducted a survey of working moms across the nation. And to no surprise, 70% of them felt like balance is possible. Because they’ve been told their whole life that it could be.
Do you fall into that same 70%? Would you know if you truly were balanced?
I’m so excited to share my theory behind this age-old myth and challenge working moms across the nation to let it go, to think differently and to seek a fulfilled life instead.
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Your fulfilled life is not what others say it is. As much as society attempts to sell us the lie, perfection and balance are not actually qualities to be achieved.