December 3–> Guest Blogger Bryan on Balancing Two Careers and Family Life

Welcome back to my blog, where today’s writing prompt and theme from the Article Writing Challenge is all about guest blogging! Or specifically, featuring a guest blogger.  So for this Wednesday, December 3rd post, I wanted to share my fellow writer Bryan’s struggle to balance two careers, family, and personal life.

 

Burning the midnight oil, as they say, seems to be typical for freelance writers! [Source: morgueFile free photos]

Here’s Bryan’s bio, adapted from his Writer Access profile:

 

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in marketing and marketing-related topics. He specializes in writing research articles, blogs, sales copy, direct marketing pieces and SEO-friendly copy, while consistently pleasing his loyal clients. His success in these areas has led him to consistently rank among the top WriterAccess marketing writers.

 

Bryan is also a skilled statistical analyst and is an advanced user of Microsoft Excel and Access.

 

In addition to writing about marketing, Bryan writes about personal finance, parenting, sports and business topics. His status as a full-time working professional gives him unique insight into the corporate world and how his articles translate into reality.

 

Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA in quality management, both from Hofstra University. He and his wife are the proud parents of “two perfect little girls.”

 

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Now onto what Bryan has to share with us today.

 

Striving for Balance

 

It’s 11:15 PM on Tuesday night. I have two more articles to write before I can even think about going to bed. Tomorrow I have to be up at 6:30 AM and at work by 8:00, when the cycle begins again.

 

It sucks. A lot. But at the same time, it’s awesome.

 

It’s not easy to juggle multiple careers and a family. Often, I feel as though I can’t keep tabs on everything. I give 120 percent effort, yet only get 80 percent of the results because it’s just not possible to be everywhere at once. If I’m at work, I’m not available for picking up writing jobs. And if I’m doing writing work at night, I’m missing out on family time.

 

At the end of the day, everyone’s unhappy. None more so than me. Another night burning the midnight oil, just to be broke at the end of the day. Not exactly what I signed up for.

 

As easy as it is to complain about this never-ending struggle, I also feel very grateful. I get to pursue my passion for writing (and get paid for it!), while not having to deal with the pressures that most freelancers deal with. I have a “regular” job that’s demanding, but my employer understands that family comes first. Best of all, I’m able to be super involved as a parent. I help my kids with their homework, I make every soccer game, and I can tuck them into bed most nights.

 

I’ll always wonder how I could have done if I’d been able to focus on just one area of my professional life. However, it’s pretty cool to have the best of both worlds. Someday, I’ll learn how to perfectly balance all of these gigs. But until then, I’ll try to complain less and learn to appreciate the craziness of it all.

 

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Bryan, thanks for sharing your thoughts on striving to balance multiple careers, family, and personal life! It certainly isn’t easy and requires understanding from everyone involved. That, and the willingness to adapt and make changes as necessary in our own lifestyles and mindsets!

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Blog readers, if you are also someone with multiple careers and obligations–can you relate to what Bryan shared? Do you have any tips to offer to successfully balance everything?

 

7 thoughts on “December 3–> Guest Blogger Bryan on Balancing Two Careers and Family Life

  1. I appreciate his authenticity about sharing how difficult it can be to wear so many different hats ESPECIALLY when pursuing your dream!!! He seems to keep it all in perspective though which is amazing. Thank you Karen for sharing and giving us a glimpse into the life of another dream chaser.

  2. Interesting post, I can say I kind of know where you’re coming from. I used to work 60 plus hours at a job I hated and left family out much of the time. Fortunately I had enough time with my wife and kids to still have a whole and loving family. Now I’m twenty years older and developing a new business in farming which is a bit slower pace but a lot of work. My kids have pitched in and helped a lot. Balance is hard to achieve but I think we can get there.

  3. I’m going to be joining him with two jobs very soon, and I admit that the time constraints with a family life too is niggling me at the back of my mind. It’s easy to complain, though, and I’m happy to see Bryan is focusing on the positives. I just hope I can do that too.
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  4. I am trying to balance building a blog while working full-time and focusing on my marriage. I can’t imagine adding anything else to the list.

    I am also grateful for having the opportunity to pursue my dreams and for having a supportive husband who always encourages me.

    I have come to the realization that my life will never be perfectly balanced, and I accept that.
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  5. I can totally relate. There is no magical solution, and balance isn’t necessarily in every day, but needs to be looked at as a bigger picture – some days will have more work in them, and others the family will feature more prominently. Seeing that no area is falling by the wayside is essential. Planning can help with this. It’s all part of the cycle of life 🙂
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