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.
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