What's the most challenging thing, for you, about juggling career and motherhood?
The most challenging thing is TIME! How do you make it to the ball games, the school play, the UN meetings, the board meetings, the office meetings, and still find time to do your actual work and to make dinner! I need longer days and more days in the week!
Do you think that achieving work-life balance becomes easier as one's children grow older?
Bigger children -- bigger problems and bigger celebrations. When they’re little you control their schedules and they actually have a bedtime that is early enough to allow you some time. When they’re bigger this is not the case; you have to (and you want to) be available at all hours, in much less planned and controllable ways. So I treat it as journey and hope that even though mine may seem somewhat of a zig-zag each day, in the end I’ll get there!
What do you think makes work-life balance so difficult for women in the US?
I grew up believing you could/I could have it all. This is not true; you do have to give something up to get most of it! The US does not always create work environments that value family first concepts. I am fortunate that I get to create my work place values around this!
How do you carve out time for yourself?
What is time for myself? I read on airplanes, I get a manicure once a week so I can be unreachable and not doing anything else for an hour, I find refuge in the time I spend with my kids and my husband!
What's next on your life to-do list?
Next is hopefully staying with what I am doing long enough to see more progress! And then... who knows?