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.
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,