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Freelance science writer and editor, Kendall Powell covers the realm of biology, from molecules to maternity. She jumped from the lab bench to laptop via the UC, Santa Cruz Science Communication program in 2002. She has written news stories, features and scientist profiles for a variety of publications including the Los Angeles Times, Nature (including Nature Careers), PLoS Biology, Journal of Cell Biology, Science Careers and the HHMI Bulletin. In 2005, Kendall founded SciLance as a way to stay connected to a vibrant community of writers who are as much word nerds as science geeks. She lives near Denver, Colorado with her scientist husband, daughter, son, and two Labradors.

3 responses to “The work-life balance beam: my New Year’s resolution check-in”

  1. Tara

    AMEN AMEN AMEN. I only have one preschooler, who’s in daycare 6 hours a day, but the balance and wobbling and falling is neverending. For me, it’s also the focus thing. I’m thinking about a story while with my son, but then I’m thinking about an errand or laundry or my son while trying to write a story. So glad it’s not just me! I wonder if it would be different if I went to an actual “office” away from home, but based on my past experiences in offices and other jobs, I actually doubt it. I think focus is just a challenge in our society and lifestyles today, regardless of what different factors are competing for that focus. It’s just that when the main ones are family and work, the stakes feel – and are – a lot higher. Best of luck to you in focus, and to me as well!

    1. Kendall Powell

      Thanks Tara! Agreed, focus is so hard to achieve these days when my phone or email pops up with messages that *feel* like they require my attention. A colleague remarked recently about how often she says, “Just one more minute, honey, while Mommy sends an email,” and I was nodding right along with her.

      A huge part of why I have resisted getting a smartphone and most forms of social media is that I have a strong premonition that they would only add distractions, shattering any remnant of focus I might still have left for those two most important things, work and family.

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