Do you ever feel like there is just not enough of you to go around? Well, that is definitely where I am at right now. We are in the final push at the college and I have been inundated with student emails, questions and of course, finals. This isn't my first rodeo but I think it may be my last. I took a break from academic teaching before and stepped back in to see if time had changed my mind. It didn't. I love teaching health, but as any teacher knows, there is a lot of outside class preparation, grading and utilization of learning management systems. I don't find the work-life balance to be equitable, not because of the compensation but because the above often spills in to my family time and more fulfilling work.
Work-life balance has gotten a lot of press lately and with good reason. www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/work-life-balance/art-20048134?pg=2 Like most balancing acts, it is ongoing and there will always be a bit of a tug-of-war between the two. Part of the challenge can be the type of work you do. Combine that with the 24/7 accessibility created in our connected world and you can see how difficult balance might be. For me personally, I have discovered the work is not as rewarding as it once was. It would be easy to put the blame on the student population or the many changes in the college culture, but the common denominator is me. I am ready to let go. I have the benefit of not having to rely on that source of income, so money has become less of a factor. What is a factor is personal satisfaction.
After writing down the things I am grateful for during the month of November I noticed the same few things kept rising to the top; my family (I count my dog as family), friends, student/clients and my health. Yes, it's mostly about people and love which may seem trite, but there you have it. So how do I find the balance between all of those things and fulfilling work? It looks like I am going to have to take a risk and trust that who and what I am as a person and a professional are enough. Taking a step back from what I know and moving in a direction that isn't always certain is scary but I am ready.
How about you? Do you feel a change in the air? Is now the time to make that move, whatever move it is?
I plan on getting back to blogging, connecting with and teaching my group students and private clients, and of course spending time with family and friends. I hope you'll join me and find a way to prioritize those things that really matter to you. It's not easy with the crazy distractions of life and the demands on your time but I have a feeling we can all move in that direction, at least a little. One of my favorite things about teaching is the commaraderie of a very diverse group of people all working to improve themselves. Everyday I see incredible women and men dealing with individual challenges while trying to prioritize the many dimensions of health, and I am amazed. My true joy is to teach, share, and experience that magic. I intend to make more time for that and beautiful sunrise walks. :-)
Book Worth a Look: www.goodreads.com/book/show/23217084-people-over-profit