By AFWA National President, Linda Harris, CPA
Happy New Year! I and the National Board hope 2017 is filled with love, laughter and peace for all. By the time you are reading this, many of us will already be well into tax season. With each New Year, I resolve to handle tax season better than the last. However, it has taken me many years to realize, the only thing in my life that is going to balance is my balance sheet. No matter how hard I try there are always periods in my life when I am not in balance.
I’ve spent a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how to ‘do it all’ and stay ‘in balance.’ As a result, I’ve experienced a lot of guilt because nothing ever works. It wasn’t until recently, after attending a work/life balance workshop, that my view on balance changed. The presenter shared that no matter what she did, she was never in balance. There are periods of time in your life when home tilts the scale and then other times when work tilts the scale. This does not mean you can’t have it all – of course you can – but you need to embrace that at certain times in our life you will devote more time and energy to one side of your balance sheet.
I’ve found though, there are a few things I can do to help manage the tilt.
So is there a magical answer to work/life balance – no, there isn’t. Instead you need to learn to move on an ever-tilting scale. Hold those things for which you are most passionate close. Then go ahead and lose the guilt, because chances are good you may never find true balance in work and life.