Life Balance

Mindfulness: The Secret to My Energy and Leadership in Stressful Times

Elizabeth A. Davenport, Scientific Leader Cell and Gene Therapy Cell Process Development, GlaxoSmithKline

The timing could not have been worse. I was starting a new job, only to discover I literally was sick and tired. I suddenly realized that my personal energy bank had been overdrawn over several preceding years. Serious illnesses and deaths of close family members, transition to an empty nest, increased work pressures and finally a career change had overtaken me and left me feeling drained. This was not the way I wanted to start my new job. Read More

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5 Tips for a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

You wouldn’t say that catching up on the news or looking at funny pet videos is more important than your family or other people you love. But that is basically what you are doing by constantly checking your phone.

Science journalist Catherine Price had this revelation three years ago while holding her baby in the middle of the night. “The room was pitch black except for the light from my phone,” recalls Price, author of How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life. “I looked away from my phone to my daughter, and realized she’d been looking at me the whole time. That wasn’t what I wanted her first impression of a human relationship—or her mother—to be.” Read More

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Three Real Ways to Manage Work Stress (from Someone Who Almost Died from It)

Seven years ago, Nathalie Molina Niño was living the dream. At least she was to outward appearances. Having sold her first start-up in her 20s, she, now an “intrepreneur,” was on her fourth venture with a corporation, a $100 million business that was building the biggest private “crowd.”

The work took her to every corner of the world. “I was constantly on a plane, flying to 30 plus countries,” recalls Molina Niño, who was based in Seattle at the time. “It was exciting, but also exhausting.” Read More

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Strive for This Instead of Work-Life Balance

A self-professed “truth-bomber,” Anne Grady is all about getting real and talking about things that no one wants to talk about.

Here is one thing the leadership development expert wants everyone to know: Work-life balance is a mirage.

Or as she puts it: “Balance is bullsh*t.”

“It doesn’t really exist,” says Grady, author of 52 Strategies for Life, Love and Work. “Or if it does, it’s only temporary and fleeting. Stuff happens. Your job, family, friends, health—they can’t all stay in perfect alignment all the time.” Read More

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How Two Physical Therapists Avoid Running on Empty

By Ali Kazim and Courtney Mullen, Physical Therapists, Shriners Hospitals for Children—Philadelphia

You can’t pour from an empty pot. But that’s what many of us as working mothers, wives and daughters are trying to do as we go about our hectic lives. As a result, we feel inadequate, frustrated—and yes, exhausted.

The solution is counterintuitive: take care of yourself first. You need to keep yourself healthy in mind and body in order to take care of everyone else. These tips have worked for us: Read More

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10 Minutes, 3 Poses, 1 Great Way to Start the Day

Though her reputation as a yoga practitioner got its start on Instagram (360,000 followers and counting!), Jessamyn Stanley wants you to know that yoga is more than “handstands on the beach.”

Much more.

“A lot of people focus on the athletic aspect or fitness benefits, but for me, yoga provides a blueprint for life,” says Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body. “It’s a practice that helps you as you go through your day—and life.” Read More

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Boycott Busyness—and Find More Meaning | Podcast

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Are you overwhelmed with busyness? In a culture that prides itself on productivity, many of us rush through each day reacting to the demands of life and work. Simplicity expert Courtney Carver gets to the bottom of how feeling busy can make us act busy and offers her strategies for what to do instead. In 30 minutes, the author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More shares how to prioritize what’s meaningful, make decisions that support those choices, and stop saying yes when your heart says no—behavioral shifts that can bring more meaning to your work, relationships and life.
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Free Teleclass | Boycott Busyness—and Find More Meaning

Courtney CarverBoycott Busyness—and Find More Meaning
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Tips to Help You Juggle Responsibilities at Work and at Home

Angela Foreshaw-RouseBy Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, Manager, State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania 

Picture this scenario: you’ve got mandatory meetings at the office and have to submit several projects this week. But your ailing mother, whom you care for, has not been well, and you need to take her to the doctor. What should you do?

The majority (60 percent) of Americans who care for parents, spouses, children and others with disabilities also work at a paying job. Not surprisingly, many family caregivers wind up distracted, emotionally drained and physically exhausted.

Of course, every family caregiver’s job is different, as are the demands at work. Manage your dual roles with these steps. Read More

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Coffee Chat: Four Important Questions for Women Leaders

From left: Lori Hufford, Anne-Marie Walters, Claire Rutkowski

By Amy Josef, Director, Corporate Programs Marketing, Bentley Systems

There is a notable lack of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries, especially women leaders. Thankfully, there are efforts underway to foster girls’ interest in sciences and technology, and in architecture, engineering and construction industries at an early age, hopefully leading to a greater number of women who are leaders in these fields in the future. Bentley Systems, Inc., a global leader in developing comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, is proud to have amazing women in leadership roles who are setting the pace for future generations. Several of them—Lori Hufford, VP of connected services; Claire Rutkowski, chief information officer; and Anne-Marie Walters, industry marketing director— took time out of their schedules to share their insights: Read More

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