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These are a few of the strategies I've put in place to preserve my sanity and ensure that everyone in my life—myself included—gets the care they deserve.

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I achieved a life goal at the age of 27, my dream job. Then I quickly discovered how unsustainable it was to channel so much of myself into work. I was told there was balance to be found. It was my introduction to the mythical concept of work-life balance, and I become obsessed with finding the right balance.

In my quest for balance I came across a transformative idea: it's not about the balance, it's all about the blend! Here are the three ingredients to my perfect work-life blend…