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Then. It hit me.
I wasn't really reading what the author was sharing. I was expecting her to tell me everything I was doing wrong--and tell me that there is one way to fix it. That wasn't the book I was reading--because that wasn't the book she had written. Jae Ellard was not telling me how to balance my life and my roles. She was sharing some rather universal truths to make me think about my life--and put work-life balance into my own perspective.
Ellard offers unique guidance in this book. While many of the tried and true "work-life balance" ideas are present--they are presented in a slightly different way. Rather than simply telling us to learn to say no to some of our daily demands--she offers quotes to help us put that thought into the context of our own life habits and challenges.
Would I recommend The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard? At first, I missed the value in the book. It seemed to be a book of inspirational quotes and thoughts--which were well written and fitting to the book's topic--but, I wasn't sure how that would help me in my work-life struggles. Because this subject is so individualized and so personal--I think each page of this book will hold a slightly different meaning for each reader. That is the value of this book. How can I apply The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance to my life to improve my personal satisfaction? If you are looking for a book to guide you in a new direction toward work-life balance--this book is probably for you. The author is not writing a procedure for you in this book--she is offering you valuable points to ponder as you consider your own work-life balance situation, goals, and needs. I think this is a great tool for anyone who is overburdened, tired, stressed, or doubting his/her happy balance in life's many roles.
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After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.