It is part of her series called “The Balance Project”, and it is one of my favorite weekly reads:
“Late in 2013, I thought it might be fun to ask women I admire how they—pardon the expression and more on this later—do it all. Maybe I’d get some tips. Maybe I’d finally figure out what I was doing wrong: why it was so easy for them and so hard for me. I decided to make it an official part of my website; as a topic it certainly aligned with the theme of my first novel ON GRACE.
My goal was to steer the conversation about work-life balance toward the reality that everyone struggles with it. And to debunk the myth that we should all try—or even want to try—to perfectly do ‘it all’.”
You can read more about the history of the series here.
I’ve been reading the Balance Project interviews from the very beginning – I love the behind the scenes peek at how these accomplished women really feel about the concept of “having it all”, their biggest vices, and the best advice they’ve ever received.
So I was really flattered when Susie asked me to participate. Having been a regular reader of the series I thought it would be a breeze to answer the questions myself. But it was actually quite challenging. Though I left the “traditional” workforce almost 30 years ago, I’ve always worked and have ALWAYS strived to find my own “balance” as wife, mother, worker and self. It was a rewarding exercise and I hope you enjoy reading it!
Susie’s second book – The Balance Project: A Novel – is inspired by this series (she describes it as “I Don’t Know How She Does It meets Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In”), and is available for pre-order here.