I went to a Sun Life event at I’M Hotel. The idea was a Mom’s Day-Out; to let us mothers be pampered and get a breather that we deserve. I was drawn right at the first talk when the program rolled out. I related too much with the speaker, Ms. Michelle Alignay.
What I loved most about her discussion was her revision of work-life balance into the term work-life harmony. To be frank, I have a bias with the word harmony. I fell in love with it a year ago when I was thinking of a baby name. So naturally, when I gave birth to my youngest; I had it registered and officiated that she should be named Harmony.
As I understood it, the point of work-life harmony is to find a way for the career and personal aspects of your life to work well with one another. That despite the imbalance of having lesser time for yourself & family compared with the time you spend at work, the set-up remains harmonious because you are able to make up for the lack of time.
I love how this offers a fresh perspective towards time eaten by our jobs:
- I am able to help pay the bills.
- I am able to help send our daughter to a private school.
- I can pay for extras like a family day-out or a wardrobe worn by a mannequin.
- I can get a duplicate of things even if what we have is still okay.
- I can afford to sleep peaceful because tomorrow we shall eat three meals without needing to borrow money.
- And I am able to keep my calm and be this sound version of myself because I feel secure.
Yes, working eats too much time. But I am able to experience and give these all simply because I have a job. You can say that working completes me; it empowers me in a different way. I have two girls. And I want them to feel that they don’t have to forego career the moment they become a mom. I mean, our girls will not major in motherhood when they get in college right?
Thank you Ms. Michelle for pointing this out:
Choosing to work full-time does not make anyone less of a mom.
I spent a good couple of minutes admiring the hotel interior.
A jolly SunSun plush hiding inside the lootbag. And I must tell you, the bag is full of teas & organic stuff! 😎
Is this infatuation? I should bring my family here soon.
The massage bed, the greatest bed of all.
A selfie because yukata is ❤
The event ended with a complementary dinner buffet. I decorated my plate with assortments of maki, meat, and veggies while I was fumbling through the food choices.
All things summed up, the best part of the treat was definitely the massage. I chose the signature version which had a mix of stretching. The masseuse who took care of me was politely chatty and I liked that she took note of my scoliosis without me revealing it. My entire body ached in a ~greaat way that night. I had to try keeping my soul in because I was already getting a halo.