So many women today walk a tight rope in balancing their personal and professional lives. Adele sheds light on how she's accomplished success and fame yet family is what has brought her the most purpose.
"When I had him (son) my whole life made sense"
ADELE | Interview by Shad
But how does she manage to juggle the pressure of work and family? In her interview with Shad she opens up on how she has strict boundaries, "When I'm at home, I'm at home. When I'm at work, I'm at work". The pertinent point in what she's saying is that as women we need to be present and fully engaged in whatever we're doing. So if we're helping our kids with their homework, that we're not thinking about the ten million other tasks that need to get done. Or if we're in the office, we're not wishing we could be with our kids. This is obviously easier said than done, but practice makes perfect. If we're in the habit of stopping ourselves in the moment from being a million miles away, we'll have happier children and a productive work life.
Adele’s words strike a personal chord in my own life as balancing my business, husband, children and pets is one of the greatest, most rewarding challenges I’ve ever had the privilege of experiencing. However, I don't really think in my case it is a balance; but rather it's been an ongoing juggling act. When our newborns entered our lives through adoption at the ages of 40 and 41, John and I were already well established in our careers. The children brought incredible inspiration and joy that only added a greater purpose to our work lives. I can’t believe they’re already 15 and 16 years old and looking at which colleges to attend. It's been a bit of a blur at times and in a short 16 years, a blink in time.
What has helped me in business is evolving and staying fluid with my clients and becoming a master at leveraging my time for others. My clients are all business people or retired high-powered professionals and I think most of them have children, young and/or grown and out of the house. Knowing each of my clients over the years has enhanced my life and the lives of our children. Now Matthew plays golf with some of them and Taylor babysits for others. We’re one big happy family. And in my case, we’re one big happy extended family through the miracle of adoption.
SUSAN PATE | Realtor with Village Properties
Over $35,000,000 sold 2015