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| CALIFORNIA STYLIST & SALON | JANUARY 2018 | 31

Striking a Balance: Parent vs. Professional

by Heather Murray

Being a loving and focused parent while still

finding time to work is what torments many

beauty professionals.

Working and having a family

is an emotional rollercoaster filled with highs and

lows that can drive us crazy. Being a mother was a

top priority for what I wanted out of life, but I also

loved working on my career and seeing my busi-

ness grow. Being a member of the service industry,

I remember all too well the pressures of both.

As a beauty professional, you are not only a small

business owner you are

also an entrepreneur. You

need to run your own busi-

ness, keep current with the

trends, and brainstorm the

latest and greatest thing

that will bring inmore clients. The demands placed

on you are intense onmany levels. These pressures

usually mean you say yes to everyone.

You say yes to the client who wants to have you

squeeze her in, you say yes to working extra hours

because the salon needs you to, you fill in for a

colleague who finds themselves in a bind. Then,

as a parent, you go home and say yes to the needs

of your children and family. Even your house de-

mands of you. You know you can do it all but worry

about the toll it is taking on you, your kids, your

spouse, your life.

How can you make this work? Are you doing

any of it well or are you spread too thin?

Regardless of the situation in which you find

yourself, here are some tweaks you can make to

ensure everyone gets what they need. You can

implement some basic changes so your work-life

balance is maintained and you can be present with

your family. Let’s start the new year off with some

very effective tweaks:

Set a plan for you and your family:

For you to

achieve what you desire -- first

decide on your goals and

document them. Often when

we are meeting the needs of

all those in our life (work and

personal) we drift off our path

of what we set out to do in the beginning and end

up not doing what we really want. We have forgot-

ten what feeds our soul and our reason for being. I

can recall starting out in my career ready to change

the world for the better.

As an educator that is what I thought I would

most like to do. In order to do this I had to reframe

my outlook often and make sure I was focused on

my goals for my students. It wasn’t easy and it took

many “tweaks” along the way. Times change, peo-

ple change, and to stay current I took many classes,

You can implement some basic

changes so your work-life balance is

maintained and you can be present

with your family. Let’s start the new year

off with some very effective tweaks: