Work-Life Balance: Working Mom Talks About Faith, Loss & Love
In a post today on Susan DiMickele’s blog, Ami Neiberger-Miller talks about work-life balance and her journey as a working mom, public relations consultant and writer.
When asked about her greatest struggle, Ami discusses her brother’s death in the Iraq war and how his loss impacted her perspective on life.
My definition and understanding of what “sacrifice” means changed when Chris died. My ability to tolerate people stressing over small things like the metro being late, or yelling at their kids in a store, has also diminished and I am less patient at times with others, because I see them squandering the joy they could have. My definition of a bad day also changed – I know what a really bad day is, and most days are not that bad. I hope that I am now a more generous and understanding person but I am not sure I am there yet. I try to appreciate my family more, help others coping with traumatic loss through my work in my practice and as a spokesperson for families of fallen troops, and to live my life like every day counts.
She credits her husband, who has been a stay-at-home dad now for a year and a half plus for their three-year-old daughter, to helping her continue with an active career in public relations assisting nonprofits and associations. She notes that she could not do “even half” of what she does without his support. Ami also shares in the interview some of the best advice she has received as a working mom for work-life balance:
Remember what matters in life – people, not stuff. Do not allow the tyranny of the urgent to overshadow the moments you have with your family. Turn off your electronics at least some of the time, and especially do it when you have “family time.” Do not feel you have to be perfect or “get it right” all of the time. Read more.
Ami Neiberger-Miller is a public relations strategist and writer. She is the founder of Steppingstone LLC, a virtual and independent public relations practice near Washington, D.C. that provides public relations counsel, social media advice, writing services, and creative design work for publications and websites (portfolio). Ami blogs frequently about media relations, social media, public relations and other issues. She also reviews books on her blog about public relations, nonprofit life, work-family balance and social media practice. Follow her on Twitter @AmazingPRMaven.