Live More, Work Better
How Would Your Life Change if it Included a Little More Life?
I asked myself that question fourteen years ago, after being passed over for the biggest promotion of my career. I had given my time, my energy and my health to my job. My career had become the dominant relationship in my life. Yet there I stood after being told I wasn’t good enough; exhausted, deflated, disappointed, lost, and really angry.
I needed to reintroduce myself to me; my happiness, my health and my desired life. My well developed personality characteristics of overachiever, perfectionist, Type A personality with a non-stop guilt streak, were beginning to push me over the top. I was burnt out, stressed out, unhappy, and unhealthy. It was time to find a new way to feel alive.
Live More, Work Better: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Life is what I’ve learned about how to feel alive again. Understanding how to manage our careers in the context of our overall life is the key to putting the life back into our lives. This book is not about work/life balance-it is about living IN balance; creating a life we enjoy professionally and personally.
I’m still an overachiever, perfectionist and Type A, which makes me pragmatic and realistic. But, I have also become healthy, patient, forgiving, much more thoughtful, and really happy with myself and my life, which makes me enlightened and inspirational. If you need a little bit of both in your life, I think you’ll like my style. I am also a believer in saying few words with big impact – this book is a very quick, yet very powerful, read.
The day after my non-promotion, I reflected on my life. I started on a journey to work better and live more. A year later I was promoted. Years later, at the height of my corporate career, I quit my job, started my Executive Health and Leadership coaching business, and spend my days helping others develop, personally and professionally, by creating a healthy physical and mental foundation for their best lives.
I know that a life in balance IS possible – because I have one.