#Work #Life #Balance


Since the clock ticked over to 12:01 AM on Jan
uary 1, I’ve been mulling over the past year. What I’ve accomplished (personally and professionally), what I’ve failed at. What I did a great job of, and most importantly, what I could do better in the new year.
2016 will be a great year. I won’t have it any other way. Sure, it will be a long road, and probably mostly uphill. I’m just going to consider this steep climb as exercise (A goal for 2016, but we’ll get to that in a bit).

Italia,Trentino Alto Adige,strada per il Passo dello Stelvio

I’m Symbol Scales is made of stones of various shapesgoing to work on balancing life with work in 2016. I work from my home, so it’s tough some days to separate the two. And as a writer, many times my real life family takes a back seat to my fictional character family. To find this balance, I’m going to TRY to stop working by 4:30 in the afternoon. No WIP, no social media, no promotional work. I will schedule my days as if I left my house each morning, and then returned eight hours later. Office hours will be a priority for me.



​I’m going to commit time to exercising every day. Even though I know I look like the picture on the right. I’m not going to let that bother me.




And I will add more balance by making time for friends. It’s true, time spent with girlfriends, and friends who are couples is great therapy. So when the world drags me off-center, expect to be invited to a big party. Friends, fun, food and music will be a great cure.


My word for the year will be balance. What’s yours?

Gemma Sig-1a


6 thoughts on “#Work #Life #Balance

  1. Best goals ever, Gemma! Our children grow so quickly, and friends aren’t around forever. People move away, change, become ill, etc.
    I find I’m so much more at peace when I get the writing done and then seize the chance to truly live.
    Don’t I sound serene and balanced? Shyeah, still working on this right along with you.

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    • You do sound like your head is on straight. But balance requires hard work and focus. Somedays, I fee like Phillipe Petit, the guy who walked a tightrope between the World Trade Towers. I bet even he struggled as hard for balance in his life as he did on that rope.

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