By the time this goes live, it’s entirely possible I could have a baby in my arms instead of in my belly — and if not now, then soon! So, as you can imagine, I’m looking for any and all advice on how to maintain a good life balance between a day job, freelance work, family and creative pursuits. So this week’s links are all about finding some semblance of balance.
Lesson of the Week
One of my favorite bloggers, Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo, has done two life balance series where she interviewed a variety of women to find out how they manage it all.
- What she learned
- Life Balance Series #1 – Work from Home/Freelance Edition
- Life Balance Series #2 – Office Job Edition
Thought Provoker of the Week
Despite all the advantages women have today, Anne-Marie Slaughter argues why women still can’t have it all — and what needs to change for real equal opportunity to exist.
Recipe of the Week
I’ve talked about freezer cooking before, and I recently made a freezer version of Shutterbean’s Curried Chicken & Coconut Rice for easy meals while I’m on maternity leave (and beyond). I’ve also heard awesome things about her Freezer Burritos, so those may go on my to-make list soon, too.
Product of the Week
What is a better representation of work-life balance than sitting on a balance ball while you work? I’ve wanted one of these Balance Ball Chairs for a long time, and this may finally be the year I treat myself to one.
Laugh of the Week
Why I’ll probably keep the chair at home instead of at my office job.
How do you all maintain work-life balance?
I’m kind of embarrassed to tell you how many blogs I subscribe to in Google Reader (OK, OK, it’s 133), but the point is, there’s a lot of good stuff out there on the internet these days. Here are my Top 5 favorite blogs of the moment with a post from each to get you started.
A Cup of Jo
Joanna Goddard runs a lovely blog from her hometown in NYC. She covers fashion & beauty, home & design, food & drink, travel, relationships and parenthood and sort of acts as a curator of all things awesome. I look forward to her posts every single day. She also has an awesome Pinterest account.
Tracy Benjamin runs one of the best foodblogs on the web, no doubt. Her recipes run the gamut, from juices and delicious-looking cocktails to healthy dinners and sinful desserts. If you’re a fan of Joy the Baker, then you’ll recognize Tracy from their podcast. As a bonus, Tracy also takes gorgeous pictures.
How Sweet It Is
Jessica is totally ridiculous in the absolute best way. The things she comes up with, guys… I can’t even begin. I often find myself staring at her pictures with my mouth hanging open, usually with drool dripping down my chin. She’s hilarious, and her recipes are awesome.
Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist
As a shrewd businesswoman with Asperger’s, Penelope Trunk never bothers sugarcoating anything, whether it’s doling out career advice or occasionally revealing personal details of her life. Not only is she utterly fascinating, she’s often absolutely spot on. Her posts aren’t always easy to swallow, but they do provide plenty of food for thought.
This isn’t exactly a blog, but it is a webcomic and one of the best on the net. Guaranteed to make you laugh, think and sometimes scratch your head in perplexion. New comics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Don’t forget the mouse-over.)