# 72 (2013) Where Work Ends and Life Begins
Many of us struggle with the work life balance. And there are those of us who struggle with the work – career – home balance.
After a year of running my own business full time I am conceding temporary defeat and looking for more reliable work. But I still have to honour my business committments and I’d hate to sacrifice it all solely for the 9 – 5 which is a mistake I have made in the past and ALWAYS regretted.
But if I’m doing the 9 – 5, where does that leave my business dream? And where does that leave everyone else in my life? How do you get a three-fold balance to work? Can it work? And when do you call it quits and simply be thankful for any paid employment you can get even if you may well end up turning around in 15 years and wondering what the hell you were doing with your life.
I don’t have the answer. I’m sure some people do. This will be the second time I have visited this way of working. And the last time my life existed for the 9-5 and the career dream and little else. Now I am a bit older and have other interests to enjoy and people in my life who I don’t want to exclude I don’t want to be a slave to the grind all day every day.
It’s not an easy balance.