"Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.' They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes."
~Clare Boothe Luce
I have encountered a few women in my life that inspire me with their ability to balance building a career, a family, and personal creativity. Some great women that fall into this category include Elizabeth Stewart, creative director and stylist at the New York Times, Laird Borrelli, Style.com fashion editor, Rachel Roy, designer, and Kate Young, stylist as well as contributing editor to many magazines including Harper’s Bazaar and Interview. Beyond the roster of fashion's elite ladies, there is a community of ladies that also incorporate charitable outreach into their daily schedule…and somehow still have time to make it to the gym. How do they do it? I am trying to figure out how to tap into the same success.
"I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay."
Yesterday I attended an event that was put together by Zakiya Chevassus and David Hryck on behalf of the HRH Prince Edward. I met Zakiya just last week, whose resume includes work with Donna Karan and Wyclef Jean, and her excitement surrounding this event was infectious. Despite all of her accomplishments, and her ability to fill a room (at a moments notice) with top models, heads of Ogilvy & Mather, celebrities and moneymen on behalf of royalty, our conversation strayed to her desire to meet a wonderful man and make her mother happy!
Which leads me back to my question: How do I tap into this kind of success, how can I have it all? It’s hard when the bulk of your time consists of work, even when it is work that you love…
Is there ever really balance…?