Work/life balance in focus at Hope Forest

Women at the lunch undertaking the self-assessment interactive exercise to consider their own work/life balance equation.

HOPE FOREST: The challenges of achieving work/life balance for women in business were the focus for a luncheon at Magpie Springs Gallery and Winery at Hope Forest on February 12.

The Women in Business Regional Network was hosted by member and award-winning artist Avril Thomas who is co-owner of Magpie Springs. It gave those present the chance to admire Avril’s magnificent art pieces, some of which have been displayed during the prestigious Archibald Prize and have pride of place in the National Gallery in Canberra.

The women were given the chance to participate in a project to self-assess their own work/life balance, and it was clear from the three teams that much of their lives are dominated by work with less emphasis on self and relaxation.

Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey said sessions like this provided a great opportunity for women to not only realise they weren’t alone in daily struggles to find a balance, but to also hear tips from others as to how to deal with challenges such as demanding family, friends and clients; sleeplessness due to over-thinking and the barrage of judgment levelled through social media reviews and comments.

Among those to attend the lunch at Magpie Springs Gallery & Winery were Tracey Pitcher, Demelza Thorpe, Sharon Boath, Helen Sampson, Carolyn Brow, Karissa Llorando, Leanne Aquilina, Julia Hilton, Deborah Lilley, Jodi van der linden, Lauren Jackman, Hazel Wainwright and the host Avril Thomas.

“Women in business, particularly if they’re mothers too, face a wide range of challenges in trying to achieve a balance; and the myth of the superwoman from the 1980s hasn’t helped women to know it’s okay to say ‘no’ to some things,” Carolyn said.

“For many our upbringing or other life experiences has shaped us to be more vulnerable to stress and not giving ourselves permission to enjoy life too. We need to explore ways to overcome these barriers and to create opportunities for us to enjoy life a bit more.”

The next McLaren Vale function will be a dinner at Meeting Place, McLaren Vale on Tuesday, March 31 when the nbn will be on the agenda. The next lunch will be at Blessed Cheese on Wednesday, April 15 when Kathryn Brewer will be speaking on the topic of Strategies for Resilience: What Cancer Taught Me.

The amazing grazing platter provided at the luncheon.
Women in Business Regional Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey with Avril Thomas in front of just some of Avril’s magnificent art pieces on show at Magpie Springs Gallery & Winery.