The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance Book Review and Giveaway

Work Life Balance.  Those three words are the ultimate, life goal of so many of us in our constant-on, run-run-run, busy-busy world.  I am running late on getting this post up and live today because my own home "life" has taken over during the past few weeks and tipped the scale so sharply that my "work" world has been spinning out of control!  Jae Ellard caught my attention with her latest book, The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance!  Perhaps, if I knew the truth about this elusive balancing act, I could be capable of successfully juggling it all (or even some of it!) for more than a minute!  What was my review of The Five Truths about Work-Life Balance?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.  You may enter to win a copy in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Quick Summary of The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance. Work-life balance has nothing to do with work. Really. It also doesn't matter what words you use to describe it. The fact is, most people share a similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement across the roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up life.

Our current habits and perceptions often get us stuck and prevent us from creating the life we desire. Get unstuck, learn the truths about work-life balance.

The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance is not the Typical Self-Help Book. When I first opened this book, I felt a little "let-down". The book's layout was much different than I had expected. Rather than pages and pages of guidance and "do this"; I found pages and pages of thoughts, quotes, ideas and a lot of empty space. How was this book going to help me discover the answers to my Work-Life Balance dilemma? Initially, I read through half of the book--then, put it down for a few days. The ideas presented, the thoughts shared, and the quotes written were easy to read--but, they weren't really saying anything to me. 

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.

Buy the book:  Amazon

Meet the Author.
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.

In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program, which includes four group coaching workshops to generate reflection, awareness and action at the organizational and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness to thousands of employees at multinational corporations in more than 50 countries including China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States.

Jae contributes to the Awareness at Work column for Mindful Magazine, the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching and is the author of seven books.

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  1. Thank you, Angela, for taking the time to read and review The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance. I completely agree that each reader will take away something different and I'm so glad you were able to reflect on your own unique perspective on work-life balance.

    Thank you!

    Cheers! Jae and the Simple Intentions team



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