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As a mother, full-time professional and active citizen my days are filled with many "mini-surrenders." Now, that may sound a bit strange, but I believe that my mini-surrenders have been key to understanding what work/life balance means to me. You see, the hyper-professional, type-A person that has built much of my career was essential and I am so proud of her. But the Lisette that has sustained my career has been the one that understands what it means to surrender.
I have surrendered the notion that work/life balance is not a destination but a journey. I now know that reaching a level of peace can happen not only when I am in NYC kissing my son goodnight in person, but can also happen when I have a skype session with my son remotely. I don’t know if it is my age, 44, or career-stage that allows me to be fully honest with myself in saying that I have made a deliberate and active choice to seek fulfillment via many roles in my life and that goes beyond mother to professional and active citizen.
I have reached peace that I have traded off opportunities in one area of my life to support the other roles and vice versa. My choices have not been perfect and yet I do not have regrets – each choice has been met with both praise and concern or even scorn. I know that I do not fit a mold. That is too restrictive, and so for my continued search and enjoyment of fulfillment I find my peace – for it is the only thing that I truly control and is mine.
– Lisette Nieves, National Director of Strategic Program Pilots, Year Up