Day 55 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and the fourth post in this Pink Collar Balance Act series bring me full circle back to the reason I’m blogging every day. My purpose is to maximize my God-given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire Pink Collar women, in the workplace and on the home front, to be the best version of themselves, all to His glory. This post further explores the movie, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” and how the fictitious Pink Collar professional Kate’s purpose preserved her work life balance.
So what motivated Kate to do it? To overcome the obstacles? To keep up the balancing act?
Much as Kate loved her family, was 100% committed to them and tried to put them first, her career held a strong second place in her heart. This savvy businesswoman was self aware and understood what she was meant to do. She knew her purpose. As an investment banker, she was motivated by how her father left her mother with nothing through lack of investing. Her desire to help others not to end up in a similar predicament made her passionate about her work. And she felt fulfilled assisting others to investment wisely.
When women (self-identified as Christian or not) feel this way about our work, we may refer to it as our calling. Some of us use the phrase “at work on purpose” or refer to it as leading a purpose driven life. One word that could describe all purpose driven women is PASSIONATE! Those of us with this mindset understand the difference between having a job and having a purpose. One is driven by money and/or the time clock while the other is an intrinsic motivation to make a positive contribution or to make a difference.
Like Kate, when we’re passionate about our work, when we embrace our purpose, we realize and accept that we aren’t completely ourselves when not doing what we were designed to do. That realization will drive our determination to strike a balance that will allow us to fulfill our professional calling outside the home while enjoying an abundant joy filled personal life outside the office. Going to work won’t be drudgery and just more of the daily grind. Then we won’t feel like we’ve got to go to work, but that we get to!
So, as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose woman, if you wish to preserve a healthy work like balance, I’ll not ask what your purpose is, but how can you live that purpose at work?