What amazing inspiration from our four Women in Balance Luncheon panelists and moderator! In the approximately 45 minute panel discussion on Wednesday, February 8, five highly successful women offered some insightful take-away tips for the attendees to find balance in their careers, their family lives, and their own selves. Here are some of the key ideas:
- Communication and preparation are key to both family and work life balance. When you communicate in advance, whether to your boss or to your family, it helps ease the tension and anxiety from the people who rely on you.
- Set your priorities, and don’t feel guilty when the balance needs to shift more towards work, family, or other parts of your life.
- Have realistic expectations about what you want and what you can handle in the workplace. “Having it all” is a pipe dream.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help at home. Have a support team that you trust. It really does take a village. And it’s OK to let things go.
- Live in the moment. When you are at work, be at work. When you are at home, turn off the technology and engage with your family.
- Don’t be hard on yourself when something does not go as planned. The words you say about yourself matter. Stay positive.
Some books that were mentioned by one panelist that helped her to find balance were The Miracle Morning, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Other ideas mentioned were to turn to one’s faith, create a “vision board,” exercise, try transcendental meditation, and take walks with family members.
The attendees left the luncheon with some excellent insights into maintaining balance, setting life priorities, and being kind to oneself. It truly was a well-balanced lunch.
A special thank you to our discussion panelists, Sherry Brennan from Fox Networks, Alison Gokal from Gokal Law, Colleen Rogers from Keller Williams, and Lora Encinas from Wells Fargo Private Bank; to our moderator Gloria Lee from Rutan & Tucker; and finally to Keller Williams in Tustin for hosting our venue.