Tagged: work life balance

Friday Link Round-Up: Life Balance Edition

Golden Buddha, by Elizabeth Ditty

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.

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.

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair

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?


Friday Link Round-up: Easy Peasy Edition

Tea Wisdom: May this day bring you peace, tranquility and harmony.

We’re one week into the New Year.  Are you surviving?  I always feel a little overwhelmed with everything I want to do in the New Year, so this week’s link round-up is all about slowing down and taking it a little easier.

Product of the Week

Eucalyptus Spearmint Candle from Bath & BodyworksIf you’re already feeling overwhelmed by everything you want to accomplish this year, then this Eucalyptus Spearmint Candle from Bath & Bodyworks is for you. This is one of the strongest and longest-lasting candles I have ever come across in my life. I think I’ve been burning the same one for like three years, so you’re definitely getting some bang for your buck.

Recipe of the Week

Avocado Toast by Ditty

Are you guys ready for the easiest snack ever?  Here it is:



  • 1/4 to 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 slice of bread
  • A dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Turn bread into toast.
  2. Spread & mash avocado.
  3. Top with hot sauce, salt & pepper.
  4. Devour.

(Pro Tip: Leave the Pit in the side you don’t use, place in an airtight bag or container & refrigerate; the avocado will stay green & keep longer.)

Thought-Provoker of the Week

If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, there’s no time like the present to get acquainted.  And this list of 10 Talks on the Beauty & Difficulty of Being Creative will get you started off on the right foot.

Laugh of the Week

Via my good friend Danielle at @semicoloncomm, this is about right.

Lesson of the Week

Sarah von Bargen of the awesome blog Yes & Yes offers solid, practical advice on how to balance your ambitions and your, you know, life.  This is aimed at freelancers, but the lessons work for anyone running their own business.

That’s it for this week.  I’d love to hear your January Stress Coping Strategies, too!  Share how you’re dealing in the comments if you like, and have a lovely weekend!