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15 Lessons I’ve Learned On My Journey Juggling Career + Family

I know we’re all trying to find some balance these days, whether you’re juggling parenting, homeschooling your kids, self-taping, your acting career, your day job, finding a new day job or just finding your sanity lately.

I was recently asked to be a guest speaker in Women In Film’s upcoming Speaker Series on Family Ties: Finding Your Balance While Juggling Kids + A Career In The Entertainment Industry.  I’ll be joining show-runners, directors, producer, writers and actors for an empowering conversation about balancing it all, and as I was thinking about it, today’s post flowed out of me.  

I wanted to share it with you, so you can apply these lessons to your own life. 

(And if you’re not a parent, you can swap “my kids” and add in “myself,” and anytime I reference “they” just replace it with “I,” so essentially you’re parenting yourself).

It’s definitely been a rollercoaster ride, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.  Along the way, I’ve learned to celebrate progress over perfection as well as these insights.  Enjoy!


15 Lessons I’ve Learned On My Journey Juggling Career + Family

1.     When I show my kids what it looks like to dream big,
they learn that anything is possible.

2.    When I show my kids what it looks like to fail + get back up again, 
they learn to not be afraid to try new things.

3.     When I show my kids what it looks like to be sad or disappointed, 
they learn that it’s okay to express themselves.

4.     When I show my kids what it looks like to cry, 
they learn that all emotions are energy in motion + meant to be felt.

5.     When I show my kids what it looks like to be a mother, an actress, a
wife, an entrepreneur,  they learn that they, too, don’t only have to be
just one thing.

6.     When I show my kids what it looks like to do your best + still not get the
job, they learn what resilience looks like.

7.     When I show my kids what it looks like to want something + have it not
work out immediately the way you want it, they learn what patience +
perseverance looks like.

8.     When I show my kids what it looks like to take care of myself, 
they learn to value their own well-being.

9.     When I show my kids what it looks like to pursue excellence, 
they learn to raise the bar for themselves.

10.  When I show my kids what it looks like to put the phone down, be
present, spend time, to truly listen to what they have to say, they learn
that they are valuable.

11.  When I show my kids what it looks like to be scared, uncertain or
fearful, but to take risks anyway, they learn to embrace the adventure
of life.

12.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find joy in helping others, 
they learn compassion.

13.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find the beauty in nature, 
they learn that abundance abounds.

14.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find the good in the toughest
of situations, they learn the power of a positive mindset.

15.  When I show my kids what it looks like to be kind to those who are
different than you, they learn empathy.

We all want the best for our kids, but it’s in showing them that it’s okay to fail, to be disappointed, to risk, to get hurt, to get rejected, to fall down, but to also always get up every single time, that we ultimately teach them to rise.

It’s funny, as I put this list together, I also realize that my kids have really been my best teachers.

I hope this helps you find some balance today with all you’re doing, embrace the rollercoaster ride, and also know that you can absolutely juggle both career and family.


Come join us for more on this conversation about being a working parent in the industry. RSVP HERE for the Women In Film Speaker Series: Family Ties: Finding Your Balance While Juggling Kids + A Career In The Entertainment Industry. It’s free and virtual.

Let me know in the comments below, which lesson spoke to you most today.

Here’s to a week of finding balance through it all.

-Wendy

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