Work/Life Balance

Juggler"We are all striving to find our own perfect balance between work, play, family, fun, and personal time. Sometimes we get it right, sometimes we drop a ball or two and have to regroup. LightFull Foods celebrates the passion and spirit that keeps us all striving for the perfect balance."

– A Goal from Lynn Graham, cofounder of LightFull Foods

Desperately seeking a modern day role model (aka a LightFull Lady)

She glows with passion. She is hard working and capable. She is multifaceted and juggles responsibilities not just for herself and her work, but also for her family and community. She may not get it right all the time, but she keeps at it and handles both success and failure with grace.

If you know someone who fits the bill, and tell us why.

LightFull Lady Tips

“Organization is my best friend when I want to stay balanced, focused, and productive. Making a list the night before I hit the sack for those 8 hours of rest and recovery saves me time the next morning and allows me to rest peacefully.”

– LightFull Lady Judy Slack, author and teacher

“First, take care of yourself. If you’re not happy no one else will be. Outsource what you can without guilt (cleaning, gardening, and childcare).

– LightFull Lady Catherine Chapman, co-founder of YourOnRamp.com

“If I start my day with some form of exercise I tend to have more energy and a more positive outlook. It’s the combination of the exercise and having time to myself.

– LightFull Lady Amanda, co-founder of VitalJuiceDaily.com

“It’s critical to decide what’s important and to focus on those things. Then let go of the rest. I find that balance comes when I’m happy in my personal and family life; that my work is interesting and rewarding; and I feel like I’m making a contribution.”

– LightFull Lady Randy Allen, founder and CEO of Girls Explore

“Instead of struggling and surviving at a job that pays the bills but robs our life of energy, we can find our work from within -- as well as our worth from within. When we invest in and appreciate our inner desires, I believe we are rewarded with inner security and outer rewards.”

– LightFull Lady Susan Bernstein, founder of Work From Within

"When we are more aware of our needs, we are able to recognize when we are out of balance. Balance is a consciousness about the things that matter to you and a realization that you have to keep adjusting as needs arise."

– LightFull Lady Lori Ogden Moore, executive coach and leadership consultant

“If there’s any gift that I’d like to give to others – especially to young athletic girls who are searching for themselves – it would be to set your goals and go after them. You can do anything that you set your mind to, with preparation and hard work!”

– LightFull Lady Ali Cox, 2004 Olympic silver medal winner for rowing

“I’m most balanced when I’m spending time with my family, exercising, eating well and spending time in my garden.”

– LightFull Lady Frances Day, author and grandmother

“I make an appointment for myself everyday in my book, which is usually my daily exercise routine. That time belongs to me and I don't allow anyone to be booked in that time slot. If I can't take care of myself first, then I can't take care of anyone else.”

– LightFull Lady Ellen Olson, founder SpaDeeDah
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Reading List

Bringing balance into your life often means stepping back and taking time for yourself.  One of the best ways we like to do this is to curl up with a book.  Here's what we're reading:

Lara
Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson
Lynn
Harry Potter
& the Deathly Hallows
by J. K. Rowling
Robyn
An Equal Music
by Vikram Seth
Megan
The Last Hours
of Ancient Sunlight
by Thom Hartmann
Erin Wolfman (LightFull Fan)
Possible Side Effects
by Augusten Burroughs

Tell us what you are reading and what you think at

Organization is my best friend when I want to stay balanced, focused, and productive. Making a list the night before I hit the sack for that 8 hours of rest and recovery saves me time the next morning and allows me to rest peacefully.

-LightFull Lady Judy Slack