Just before the Christmas break, we finished our last two events for the year, and Amy (our Senior Event Manager) and I spent a day at the wonderful Scarlet Hotel and spa. It’s a reward for a tough year with many projects and many changes and challenges. This juxtaposition brings the need for balance into sharp focus. I know that I rarely achieve that balance – I miss too many bedtimes for my boy, I don’t spend enough time sailing, I don’t spend enough time with my friends and family. But that’s not the balance I am talking about.
I know that every minute I spend on the business is moving us forward, getting things done, enabling the team to succeed and whilst I do of course have a responsibility to my family and friends, I also have a responsibility to my team. And I have a responsibility to myself. The balance that I try to find and maintain is about what is right and possible for me. Not anyone else’s view, just what I feel is right.
The work-life balance is a myth. It’s actually an ebb and flow process like the tide coming in and out on the beach. There are times when it’s right to prioritise work, and times when family and friends come first. It’s all about the context, individual responsibilities and what is important to you. I know that I would be a terrible mum if I didn’t work or didn’t spend time going to the theatre. Similarly, I would be a terrible leader without time and space to let my brain be creative. So we have to find the balance that is right for each of us, right now, in our own contexts.
So sorry, this just means continuing to juggle all those balls but rather than feeling that someone else is running the show, that it’s run by you. And up you have the choice about how you handle it. I don’t know about you but I choose to find my own balance, to run my own show!
A very happy 2014 to you and yours.
Claire Eason-Bassett, Managing Director Mackerel Sky Events & Event Cornwall