My life is my work. I thought this as I hash tagged #worklifebalance in a post on Instagram.
That got me thinking about what do I really mean? For those that know me closely, I drive them nuts with the importance of semantics and word use…..heck, I drive myself crazy. But the meaning of words really matters to me and policing my hypocrisy also matters.
My life is my work, because I am a coach and to be a good coach, I must always be working on myself. I must study myself, break everything down and look to clear paths so that others can be themselves to the fullest. I invest in a self awareness coach to keep me on track, to hold myself accountable and to parse out difficult situations so I may better handle them. This is my life and it directly influences my work.
When I think of work/life balance, I think it just means that I make sure I spend time with my dogs, my loved ones and outside in nature. But while I do all these things, they directly give back to me and my coaching. They are not separate and for the first time in my life I am not a bunch of compartments that never cross over into the other.
For the first time in my life, I am always me, Coach, daughter, girlfriend, pet owner, business owner, friend, Tricia….etc….etc….etc…..
I love that boxing intersects everything and that self-awareness is a way of life. I love that being physical can combine both boxing and self-awareness. When your life is connected from home to work to leisure, it is a more complete experience and it is more efficient. Being compartmentalized takes a lot of work….much like inefficient body mechanics.
My life is most definitely my work.