Since my book, This is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today, was released, Twitter has connected me with a host of people I wouldn’t have connected with otherwise, or I wouldn’t have found them for months. Cali Yost at Work+Life Fit is one of them. Twitter even gave us the opportunity to meet in person – briefly – while I was swinging through the East Coast this past fall. (Sick kid at home, Cali came out to a book signing to introduce herself.)
I just wish I had stumbled across Cali’s book, Work+Life Fit: Finding the Fit That’s Right For You, and her blog before I finished my own because I would have included both in my book. (I’ve added them to my Remodeling Tools web page now!). In my book I talk about the importance of shifting our language away from terms and phrases that have come to embody outdated assumptions about mothers, fathers, money, marriage and work. To that end I suggest replacing “work-family balance” – which tends to reinforce the separation between work and family- with options like “work-life integration” or “career-family fit.” But frankly, I’ve found that Cali’s term, “work+life fit,” is the one that now rolls off my tongue most easily and busts all the cultural assumptions I’m interested in busting up. Her book is a great tool for challenging our own assumptions about “work” that can keep us from envisioning and then taking responsibility for crafting our own “work+life fit” plan.
Cali recently published on her blog a series titled Work+Life Fit in 5 Days Series that synthesizes key components of her book and tools and is all about… “Giving real people, with real jobs and real lives the proven “how-to” basics to flexibly manage your work+life fit day-to-day and at major personal and career transitions. ”
I’m now 6 months into a new job myself so it’s an ideal time to use Cali’s Work+Life Fit Series to do a check on my own work+life fit and how I might like it to evolve over the next couple of years. How about you? What’s your work+life fit like right now? What do you want it to be?
- Follow Cali on Twitter
- Flexible Alternatives to Layoffs – a recent blog post from Cali Yost
- Tools for Mothers Increasing Employment During the Recession – my tips for mothers
- My interview with BusinessWeek.com: Remodeling Parenthood to Get the Lives We Want Today