Work/Family Balance

I am writing you from the East Coast where I am travelling. I spent five days in New York City, am currently in Florida and, this weekend, I head to Washington, DC for the National Kids Yoga Conference. This trip has been a combo of work and play as I led The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE! at Karma Kids Yoga in Manhattan, am currently visiting my parents down South and can hardly wait to present at the conference this coming weekend. If you will be there, please send me a quick email so we can plan to meet up.

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As you know being a Yoga entrepreneur can be a lot of work, and the truth is, we all need a lil down time. While I am not completely unplugging, while with my parents, I opted not to do a weekly video that I always do in a private Facebook group for The Biz of Kids Yoga community. Keeping my integrity, I let the group know in advance. One of the members of the group acknowledged me and said: “Here’s to being a good example of work/family life balance.” I so appreciated this comment and it inspired me to share with you a few tips for creating work/family balance.

Since my family and I are spread out across the country and we seldom get to spend in-person time … it is important to me that when we are together, I am fully present with them. Here are a few things that I do that really help me to get the most out of my family time while still managing my business from the road.

Let go of the guilt. Even with a full plate and lots of work to do, when I am with family, I let go of any guilt of putting my biz on hold. Rather than feeling worried or stressed for not working, I recognize that time with my family is truly priceless and I can totally afford to take a pause. My business will always be there, my family may not.

Put down the devices. Sitting on the couch or at the dinner table with a loved one who’s on their iPhone can be disconnecting and disappointing. I oftentimes choose to take device breaks where I won’t check my email or go on social media, so I can be fully present with my family. I always feel more connected with them when I do this.

Work when it works. Since time with family is precious, and so is my Yoga biz, it is essential to find the right time to work. Whether it is first thing in the morning while the fam is still sleeping, when they are doing their own thing midday or late at night, I find time that works to work. I just make sure it’s not taking away any time from being with my loved ones.

Be here now. Of course I am not perfect at this one, but I do my best to be present with my family and not be work-minded. Best way I do this is to stay engaged in conversations and activities versus getting quiet and isolating. Communication is key and so is having family fun!

I hope these suggestions help you to have a deep sense of work/family balance. It is a practice, and not something I take for granted.

So, I would love to hear from you and what practices you put into place in order to have a healthy work/family balanced life. Leave a comment below and let us know so we can all learn from you!

In support of you,
Jodi

3 Comments
  1. Momma 4 years ago

    Jods…i will vouch that you are totally
    present during our visits…what a gift….thanking you from my heart and soul…it makes me feel so happy…
    .

  2. Karen 4 years ago

    Awww! I love your Momma! How wonderful that she took the time to read this and comment. I can see where your big, kind heart came from.

    Great blog post on covering such an in-depth topic. Unfortunately and fortunately we live in a society that presents too many opportunities to detach and easily distract ourselves. It is challenging to find a balance and remain present with family and friends, present on social media and present at work. Boundaries like the ones you discussed are key and, even more important, following through with those boundaries – outward and inward. Guilt. Yes, the guilt. There’s another challenge.

    Dinners for us is like a boat tethered to the shore of a sometimes choppy sea. Waves can come and go, but we always come to the dinner table and ground ourselves. Our kids are very small still but they understand that when we are there, we are with each other. No toys, no tv, no phones, you don’t have to eat but you do have to stay until everyone is finished. And we all help clean up which can sometimes mean that the 2 yr makes more of a mess, but it is endearing. It wasn’t always like this and, still, we may get 2 out of 7 dinners without a struggle, but poppa and I are in it together and determined. We may not always dinner in the present, but when we do it is messy and fun, full of screaming and laughing and struggles to get the 4 yr old to eat more than a kernel of popcorn. Good times! Does this satiate the overall balance that we seek? No. But, it is a start and it is what we have in this moment. And, it’s fun.

    Thank you, Jodi. I hope your Momma feels so much better soon! Have fun!!

  3. Karen 4 years ago

    Aww! I love your Momma! How wonderful that she read this and commented. I can see where your big, kind heart came from!

    This is a great blog post covering an in-depth topic. Unfortunately and fortunately we live in a society that presents too many opportunities to detach and easily distract ourselves. It is challenging to find balance and remain present with family and friends, present on social media (which is so important for most of us) and present at work. Boundaries like the ones that you discussed are key and, even more important, following through with those boundaries – inward and outward. Guilt. Yes, the guilt. There’s the other challenge that amplifies the difficulty of finding balance.

    Dinners for us is like a boat tethered to the shore of a sometimes choppy sea. Waves come and go, but we always come to the dinner table and ground ourselves. Our kids are very small still, but they understand that when we are there we are with each other. No toys, no tv, no phones, you don’t have to eat but you do have to stay until everyone is finished. And we all help clean up which can sometimes mean that the two yr old makes more of a mess, but it is endearing. It wasn’t always like this and, still, we may only get 2 out of 7 dinners without a struggle but Poppa and I are in it together and determined. We may not always dinner in the present, but it surely is messy and fun, full of screaming and laughing and struggles to get the 4 yr old to eat more than a kernel of popcorn. Good times! Just like life. Does this satiate the overall desire for balance? No. It is a start, though, and it is what we have in this moment.

    Thank you for this post, Jodi. Agreed. Thank you for being a fine example and showing people that it is ok to check out for a bit. I hope your Momma feels so much better soon! Have fun!

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