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The Road to Change

In 1968 I attended an all-girls “junior” college in Boston.  I had no idea back then what I wanted to do with my life except to follow the suggested path by the adults in my world and to become a medical secretary, work in a hospital and find a doctor to marry who would take care of me.  Since I had no burning desire or passion to do any one thing, I thought that sounded like a good plan.  In addition, my main goal was to leave the town in CT where I grew up and get to a bigger, college town so Boston was the place to go. Off I went to the lovely Back Bay area of Boston to begin my next chapter.  What I didn’t realize back then was that the opportunities that presented themselves to me during my two year experience would forever change my life. 

As thrilling and exciting this new journey was what I found was that there were more social restrictions in place than I ever experienced at home. Growing up in a non-traditional home with a father who was in show business and a British mother who all my friends thought had a “funny accent”, I was used to a free-wheeling environment with no specific curfew.  In addition, I was the oldest of six children so I was the leader of the club and I become fairly independent.

The school in Boston had a curfew along with other restrictions.  The biggest shock was that there was “tea” time and we were expected to wear white gloves and skirts.  No slacks were allowed in the school at all. This had to change and this is where the learning opportunities began that I still use to this day.  The mission was to abolish the white glove policy!

 

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Live-Life-Love-Work-cover-imageOur recent WorkLife survey indicated that there are many different areas to focus on when addressing WorkLife challenges. We have the usual predictable responses around time management, career challenges and work/life balance but when we dug deeper the answers were very interesting. Several responses mentioned challenges with communication skills, finding employment, getting motivated, being able to juggle and multi- task, breaking through female stereotypes in various professions, and handling conflict. For most of us, success in our life, our work and our careers depends on how well we can articulate who we are, what we want, where we're going and how we want to get there. Much of our time is spent working with and through other people to accomplish our Work and Life objectives.

How would you assess your ability to live your life and love your work? Yes, it is possible to integrate both and to actually love what you do. In our work with our clients we provide insights, tools and support to help you target your hopes and dreams which ultimately results in creating and aligning a highly effective integration of work and life. It’s important that your talents and skills are being used well and that you have opportunities to expand on those talents and skills. The unique, ever-changing story of your personal and professional life gives us clues to help you determine what you want.  Are you the author of the unfolding story of your life and do you approach each day as an exciting adventure? Is your level of vitality and well-being where you’d like it to be? Take action towards achieving WorkLife integration by answering these four questions on a regular basis:

  • Who Am I? Identify your core work and life values;
  • What Do I Want? Align your career with your passion, articulate your strengths and manage your stress;
  • Where Am I Going? Align your goals with who you are.  Complete your personal Wheel of Life to see which areas you might want to focus on.
  • How Do I Get There? Create short term, long term and well-being goals as well as an action plan for each area.

More than ever, I'm hearing women say, "I don't know how to ask for what I want in my work and life", or, "I don't know what I want to do with my career", or "I don't know how to express myself". Invest in your future by taking the time to identify your strengths and establish short and long term goals. The change will happen and you’ll begin to feel more energized, gain increased enthusiasm and achieve a sense of satisfaction and well-being that may have been missing for quite a while.

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