Finding Accountability in Balance

Hi Everyone,

Or those who are still here. It’s nice to see you. I hope you had a nice holiday and are now back into the swing of things. It took me a bit-but I’m getting there. I think I’m here now.

I guest lectured at Schulich the other day on Managing Your Personal Brand. To say I was excited was an understatement. I was thrilled!

My degree is in costume design yet I run the Canadian Division of a company. I’ve never taken a business class in my life. So guest lecturing at one of these classes where I could say:

Look! You don’t need to follow a straight path! Life is great if you grab the chances it gives you!

…was always high on my bucket list.

Of course-in putting together the lecture materials, I realized my brand had waned- significantly. In 2016 as I got back to work (the first time being a working mom) I had an incredibly hard time sorting out what should and should not go online. How much of my work challenges should I share? How much of my family challenges?

So I did what I do and went dark. I would post every now and again but ultimately, I went pretty dark as I sorted out who this new person was online.

Unlike my friend Casey Palmer who does a fantastic job of sharing his growth journey, I do not. But like everyone, I’m only a work in progress and am ultimately trying to get better.

In trying to be the best version of myself I did a little exercise. I actually charted out how much time I currently spend doing things during the week and how much time I would like to spend. We all claim we’re soooo busy…I know I do it. But there has to be some place of accountability.

So I figured if I slept 7 hours every night, that leaves my 119 active hours a week. I work about 55 a week, mom about 32 of those, and try and work out for an hour a day-that leaves me with 25 hours a week! I added in what I want to achieve, built myself a little pie chart and pinned it above my computer so I can see it daily. (I’m not an artist as you can plainly tell)

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My goal in all of this is to remind myself to not only address the other parts of my life but also, document them here. There’s alot going on and frankly-there’s a alot to talk about. Seeing my pie chart I realized I am not a one dimensional working mom. I have lots of other things to share and now that I know what they are – I can circle back with you here.

A few things on my list this year?

  • Run a 10K
  • Maintain regular manicures
  • Kick the @#$% out of my job
  • Maintain a 3 times a week + exercise habit
  • Get back to dates with the hubs

As you can see, some are big and some are small but all are important and achievable, if I just have a little accountability.


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