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๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ: ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€

On Monday I posted this quote, "Your personal boundaries protect the inner core of your identity and your right to choices." - Gerard Manley Hopkins

Balancing work and family life is an ongoing challenge, one I know all too well. As the owner of SharpHR Career Coaching, an adjunct instructor at Daemen University, and a professional career coach at the Veterans Center at Daemen University, while also being a wife and mother of two sonsโ€”one in high school and the other in college - I constantly navigate the delicate act of maintaining my personal and professional boundaries.

Setting boundaries is essential to protect our identity and choices. In my career, and more recently in life, Iโ€™ve learned that clear boundaries prevent burnout and preserve my passion for helping others. At SharpHR, I manage my clients' needs while ensuring I donโ€™t overextend myself. Teaching at Daemen University and coaching at the Veterans Center requires a balance between availability for my students and clients and safeguarding my personal time.

Effective communication is key. Communicating with my family is essential to make sure they know they are my top priority. This means designating family time, being present for my sons' milestones, and not letting work intrude.

Self-care is non-negotiable. Whether itโ€™s a quiet evening with my husband, attending my sons' events, or taking time to recharge, these moments are crucial for maintaining balance. I prioritize tasks and remain flexible to adapt to life's surprises.

Remember, boundaries are not barriers but tools for protecting your well-being. Embrace them, communicate them clearly, and prioritize self-care. Balancing work and family is tricky, but with firm boundaries, it is possible to thrive in both spheres.

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