We (Bethann and Virginia, not the collective ‘we’) actively resist the notion of “work-life balance”. It has too many vibes of work and life being mutually exclusive, as if they’re balanced against each other on a scale. And, in a lot of #SciComm, work and life are already so stinkin’ integrated.
So, we lean into the framework of “work-life harmony”. We aim for getting work done and fulfilling ourselves along the way.
This gets complicated when we’re doing scicomm for someone else:
Navigating thin boundary lines is necessary in scicomm coaching and mentorship, too:
Work-life harmony is about active decisions, not passive participation. We’re not always going to get things the way we want them, but we’re trying.
What about you? What keeps you up in the middle of the night? What are you so invested in that it pops up without invitation?
It’s not always bad... but the unbidden things indicate that your investment could be more deliberate. You don’t necessarily have to get out or get rid of it. Just reckon with the space it’s occupying.
Bonus! Bethann’s running a big-picture goals workshop in January. We’ll be looking at trying to align our vision for our own lives, rather than pitting various priorities against each other. If you want to join that convo, sign up at meteorscicomm.org/courses.
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