Work/life balance focus for women in business

BALANCE: Susie Williams, Wendy James, Mary-Anne Bennett sitting with at back, Melanie Cureton, Rommie Corso and Alyonna Parveen.
BALANCE: Susie Williams, Wendy James, Mary-Anne Bennett sitting with at back, Melanie Cureton, Rommie Corso and Alyonna Parveen.

The search for a work and life balance was the focus for the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch held at the Crown Hotel late last month.

The conversation was led by Women in Business Regional Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey, who was assisted by Mount Compass life coach Cathy Domoney, Victor Harbor counsellor Kita Scott and Victor Harbor holistic healer Alyonna Parveen.

The more than 30 women who were in attendance had the opportunity for some self-assessment of their work and life equation and robust discussion took place on the importance of finding a life outside of the work and domestic stresses.

Work/life balance was the focus for the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch and Michelle Farr, Leanne Farr and birthday girl Julie Irwin attended.

Work/life balance was the focus for the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch and Michelle Farr, Leanne Farr and birthday girl Julie Irwin attended.

Cathy Domoney, Chris McRae and Natalie Bruce at the Women in Business Regional Network gathering at the Hotel Crown.

Cathy Domoney, Chris McRae and Natalie Bruce at the Women in Business Regional Network gathering at the Hotel Crown.

Carolyn spoke frankly about her own battles with burnout and admitted finding a work and life balance was a challenge for her personally and others she knew.

"The clear message from our conversation was that we each needed to value our needs and our time more and that the power to change our work/life equation was in our own hands," Carolyn said.

"Everyone has different obstacles to overcome in their own work/life equation, whether that be our backgrounds, our domestic situation, our business/employment demands or simply habits we have developed.

Debbie Crook, Kerryn Shaw, Bek Karutz with, at back, Helen Sampson, Cecelia Richardson and Hayley Walsh.

Debbie Crook, Kerryn Shaw, Bek Karutz with, at back, Helen Sampson, Cecelia Richardson and Hayley Walsh.

"Creating a more healthy equation can be a long process and those at our lunch were encouraged to identify just one action they could take to improve their situation and to make an undertaking to themselves to take the action."

Carolyn said that travelling around the State with the network had shown her that stress, burnout and mental health issues were significant problems for women in business in regional areas and she hoped the network could go some way towards improving the situation.

Gloria Parkin, Marilyn Connor, Rachel Dodding with at back, Leanne Reynolds, Olivia Knott and Lauren Parsons.

Gloria Parkin, Marilyn Connor, Rachel Dodding with at back, Leanne Reynolds, Olivia Knott and Lauren Parsons.

The next Victor Harbor dinner on Thursday, August 8 will hear from Olivia Knott of South Coast Realty on the subject of enhancing your social media presence with video.

The next lunch on Wednesday, September 4 will feature a presentation on personal styling from Jo Puplett of Inspired by Hannah.

The Women in Business Regional Network is open to business owners, managers, staff and those dreaming of owning their own business.

You don't have to be a member to attend events but bookings are essential via Eventbrite.com.au.

For more information about the Women in Business Regional Network visit www.wibnetwork.com.au or phone Carolyn on 0435 432 203.

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