Step In­side.

Life is al­ways a bal­anc­ing act. No mat­ter what your gen­der, ca­reer or fam­ily sta­tus, we all strive for bal­ance. Some peo­ple will tip the scales less evenly than oth­ers and then stop and reeval­u­ate which direc­tion they take.

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - WHAT’S INSIDE - Writ­ten by VERA CODY Pho­tog­ra­phy by MARK HOLLERON

One woman’s quest for bal­ance.

Laurie Op­pen­heimer works with women all the time who strug­gle to find the right bal­ance for a happier and health­ier home life. “As a Life Coach, I work with suc­cess­ful peo­ple who are jug­gling ca­reer and fam­ily and help them to make it all pos­si­ble.” She of­fers that women who are up to a lot in their lives are typ­i­cally striv­ing to find a bit more bal­ance and ful­fill­ment along the way. Laurie says that it ac­tu­ally is pos­si­ble to have it all and keep your life in bal­ance. “Not only are women al­lowed to have their own lives, but they also need to re­al­ize that they are much bet­ter par­ents, part­ners and col­leagues when they are tak­ing care of them­selves as well.” I like to have my clients ask them­selves the fol­low­ing 3 ques­tions: Should I do it? Do I want do it? Do I get to do it? (i.e., am I ex­cited about it, do I get to choose to do it?)

Four­teen months ago, Rose­mary Thompson made the de­ci­sion to re-in­vent her­self. Hav­ing cov­ered Cana­dian pol­i­tics for more than 20 years as a CBC and CTV jour­nal­ist, a ca­reer which took her around the world, the pull to stay closer to home be­came strong af­ter adopt­ing her daugh­ter Jas­mine from China.

With a sec­ond chance at mother­hood Rose­mary wanted to be around more for her daugh­ter and her fam­ily. Her hus­band, Pierre Boulet, and 16-year-old son Louis sup­ported her de­ci­sion to find the per­fect bal­ance. As the daugh­ter of hard work­ing par­ents, Rose­mary was taught the im­por­tance of en­trepreneur­ship and stand­ing solidly on your own two feet. She was en­cour­aged to live life to the fullest. She took their ad­vice se­ri­ously and it paved the way to craft­ing a fu­ture with de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Rose­mary loves to work and is now the new Na­tional Arts Cen­tre Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Pub­lic Af­fairs, Cor­po­rate Sec­re­tary. It’s a dream job that lets her fill peo­ple’s lives with beauty and it al­lows her to achieve a real bal­ance be­tween a ca­reer and fam­ily life. Why did you go into jour­nal­ism? I loved pol­i­tics and be­ing in the mid­dle of things. I grew up in Que­bec dur­ing a very dif­fi­cult pe­riod in its his­tory and pol­i­tics had a huge im­pact on my own fam­ily life. I needed to con­front this and un­der­stand it, and I thought what bet­ter way than to be a jour­nal­ist. My cousin She­lagh Rogers (host of The Next Chap­ter on CBC ra­dio) is prob­a­bly the

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