Create boundaries, yet go with the flow

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lessons from gardeners

Early in my career as a lawyer and corporate exec, I thought I could do it all.  I worked long hours at the office or on the road.  And often in my free time I worked in the garden.  The opportunities seemed vast, and I hustled after them.

But then I noticed I had a perfect setting for a great life, but was working too hard to enjoy that life.   Too often work consumed most of my time.  And the garden started to feel like one more responsibility that was just a little too big. 

So I decided to try another approach.  I took early retirement from my “big” job then began creating a career as an executive and transitions coach.  I was determined to shape a work life that was engaging yet not overwhelming.  At first I directed most of my new-found free time to the garden.  But soon my landscaping plans grew to big for my energy and my resources.  And once again I learned that too much of a good thing can be, well… just too much.

It’s taken a while, but now I feel like I have a nice balance in my career,  in my garden, in my life.   My garden adventures have taught me some things about creating boundaries yet going with the flow. 

This week I shared some of my career lessons from the garden on the PBS website  I hope you enjoy my article!


dogs on path 5-23-13

Our dogs in the garden at Buckeye Farm



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Bev, a former lawyer and Fortune 500 executive, is an executive and transitions coach, and a leadership consultant with a broad and varied practice.

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2 comments on “Create boundaries, yet go with the flow
  1. new balance says:

    Undeniably believe that which you said…You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and outlined out the whole thing without having side effect.
    Folks can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more.
    Thank you

  2. Bev says:

    Thanks so much for your kind comment! It’s good to feel appreciated. I hope you continue to enjoy my posts and I am grateful for your willingness to share them.

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