Balance and Back to School

Happy first day after the unofficial end of summer, friends. I’ll be ‘professionally developing’ as some of you read this today. My summer is officially over. (Not complaining. Just grateful.)


Here’s an article my good friend Diane Lang dropped in my inbox yesterday. Definitely worth sharing. She’s also listed quite a few live workshops: one in NYC and the rest in NJ–check them out if you’re in the area. Many are free! 

So Diane says:

When September rolls around, we start thinking of Back-to-School for our kids and dealing with work-life balance. This is a time of excitement along with new challenges and opportunities. I know I’m already feeling the stress of work-life balance. My biggest question is: will I make it home to get my daughter off the bus without sacrificing my time at work? You might have the same question or something similar that deals with the struggles of work-life balance. So, for this month I thought it was important to give some tips on work-life balance.  Please feel free to e-mail me back with your tips to share with everyone.

  1. We feel the pressure from both work and home but if you don’t like your job, you will feel it more often. If you have a career instead of a job, you will feel happier going to your office. You will have “Flow” at work. Time will pass quicker and you will enjoy your day if you’re doing what you love. Most of us spend at least 60 hours a week working (this includes e-mails, calls and texts even after work) add your commute and you realize how much time you really spend at work. If you’re doing something you don’t enjoy, you will feel it right away. Follow your passions and feel more balanced.
  2. Home time – when your home, spend some real time with your family. This means set some time aside for family time without taking calls/texts from work.
  3. Live in the here and now – people feel stressed when they focus on the past even though it’s gone and they worry about the future that isn’t here yet. Use your past to learn from and plan for your future but live in the here and now. Live in the moment!
  4. Set a long term goal (1 -5 years). Set up short term goals to reach that long term goal. Make both goals realistic. The key word is “Realistic”. If your goals aren’t realistic, you will feel overwhelmed and will procrastinate. If they are realistic, you will accomplish them and with each accomplishment you will feel a sense of positive reinforcement which will motivate you to move forward and reach your long term goals.
  5. NO- Learn to say no. Practice makes it easier. I wish there was another way around it but the truth is the more you say no, the easier it will get. I know a lot of people have a hard time saying no due to guilt or fear of hurting someone’s feelings but the truth is when you say YES but mean NO, you only hurt yourself. You becomes stressed and then angry at yourself. Learn to set boundaries by saying NO!

*Join Ingrid Prueher and Diane Lang for a Meet & Greet at Metro Mini’s in NYC: September 15 at 12:30. Ingrid and Diane will be answering Parenting questions and discussing their up coming Parenting workshop series at Metro Minis. The event is free – please register at 212-313-9600. 

Metro Minis *821 Park avenue *New York, NY

*Free Open House at Mystical World on Saturday, September 17 at 2pm

Come meet Diane and many other great healers.

Please register at 201-896-3999 * Mystical World, Lyndhurst, NJ

Ease your stress workshop – Monday, September 19 at 7pm

Learn tips/tools to relieve stress and feel more balanced.

Parsippany Adult school, Parsippany, NJ * Please register at 973-263-7180 ext 4342

What Kind of Smart are You?  Workshop – Thursday, September 22 at 7pm

Join me, take a personality test and find of your top strengths and how to use those strengths both at work and school. *Parsippany Adult school, Parsippany, NJ

Register at 973-263-7180 ext 4342

Free Workshop –Letting go of anger – Saturday, September 24 at 12pm – Suffern Public Library at 210 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, Rockland County, NY. Please register at 845-357-1237

Happiness – Living an optimistic Lifestyle – Learn to live your best life!

Monday, September 26 at 7pm *Westfield Adult school, Westfield, NJ

Register at 908-232-4050

Positive Parent – Tuesday, September 27 at 7pm

Union County College, NJ

Register at 908-709-7601

For more information please visit Diane’s website at  or e-mail Diane at

So how do you create balance between work, school and home? Does your job or career bring you peace? How do you decompress to help decrease stress? All answers welcome. You never know who’ll benefit from what YOU have to say!

Looking ahead to Thursday: meet my good friend M. Kate Quinn. She’ll be discussing her road to publication and where she’s headed now that she’s ‘arrived.’ 

Until then TTFN,


2 thoughts on “Balance and Back to School

  1. Good post and good reminders. My last chick left the nest this fall. I usually write during my breaks at work and then send it all home the end of the week to be put with main manuscript. I only get about 5 single spaced pages written per week, but it is the best I can do without infringing on other time. I don’t write on the weekends, save that for my family!


  2. You do better than I do, PL. My job-setting is every bit as chaotic as home can be, w/no real place to hide and write, even during breaks. I have to revamp my morning writing time, too. Kids get up far earlier. I’ll just have to do a little caffeine to give me a little evening writing energy!


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