Courtesy of Susie Schnall
By Vivian Giang
February 17, 2015

Susie Orman Schnall’s struggles with work-life balance began like many other women. At 30, she left her corporate job to stay home with her newborn. Over the next 10 years, she had two more babies and kept busy volunteering, writing and publishing a novel.

But something gnawed at her. “I was wondering what’s wrong with me,” she says. “It’s always been a personal struggle and journey for me. I’m always asking whether I’m doing it right, and why do I feel overwhelmed all the time.”

So in late 2013, she began a blog in which she interviewed women she admired about their “balancing act.”

“The series kind of took on a life of its own,” she says.

A year later, she had interviewed some 80 women (and one man – Nigel Marsh, an Australian entrepreneur, author, and TED speaker ), including Laura Vanderkam, author What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and Jill Salzman, serial entrepreneur and founder of The Founding Moms. Schnall continues to publish at least one interview a week for her series.

So what did she learn through a year of talking to parents about how they balance?


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