Nearly ten months ago, I set out to write a new blog, after (sadly) retiring my Straight Up New York food/restaurant blog. Since then, I’ve written about three posts. A few days ago I received an email asking whether I’d like to renew. I still have not decided, but I have made the decision to get back to writing for the next two months and see where it goes.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I realized that something was missing. I couldn’t figure it out, and all of a sudden, I realized it was just this—writing. While I by no means consider myself a writer, I do (like so many) have so many things that I want to share. When I set out to start this blog, I thought about the two things that are most important to me—outside of family and close friends—and those were impact and bliss.
Many years ago, I realized that I would devote my life to making a positive impact on the world—I wanted to develop leaders, build movements, and change the world…big thinking, I know. However, it has always been important to me not to lose sight of what makes me happy, and that is where bliss comes in. Many talk about work/life balance, and a lot of people say I’m quite good at it. But I like to think about it as work/life integration. I never want to have a job. I want to be working on what I’m most passionate about each day and each night, whether it’s for an organization, company, or myself. I am well aware that it’s a privilege to be able to do this, and I strive to never take it for granted. That being said, much of my purpose is breaking down barriers so that others can find and work on what they are most passionate about.
I’ve spent the past ten months building and launching a program at Echoing Green called Direct Impact (check it out!). What I love the most about this role is that it has allowed me to bring together three of the things I’m most passionate about—leadership development, cross-sector collaboration, and social entrepreneurship—into an awesome program. While I am going to continue to put much of my energy towards this program, I also plan to increase my investment in myself. I am currently looking into yoga teacher training programs, preparing for a Spartan Race, and making it a point to try new recipes each week. I think that the key to work/life integration is to be okay with not having a perfect ‘balance’ at any point—instead, the key is to work on what is most important to you at a specific moment, and never to blame yourself, or feel bad about not doing something. I was inspired by a recent blog post by my best friend Amanda, where she talks about the long, but important, process she took to find that balance within herself. I strive to continue practicing integration until I get it right.
I am excited to be writing again, and hope to keep up the momentum in the coming months while I test it out. The journey to finding a balance of impact and bliss is lifelong, but is one I am so excited to be on.