In light of International Women’s Day, we continue to explore the topic of femininity and women empowerment, something we’ll never tire of. We are so pleased to be able to feature these 5 strong leading ladies from different walks of life, as they manage tight schedules and life’s demands, just like our multi-faceted TMP lady.
With two young girls and a set of twin boys, Jaelle's life can be quite a whirlwind. As she juggles being a mum and CEO of The Great Room - a premium, hospitality-centric co-working operator in Asia, she shares with us her secret analogy to doing it all!
HOW DO YOU JUGGLE YOUR CAREER, FAMILY AND SOCIAL LIFE?
I have an analogy about glass balls and rubber balls. Imagine this, you are a juggler juggling five balls in the air. Naturally, you will want them all to stay in the air. My balls are my spouse, kids/ family, health, career and friends. You must deeply understand which are GLASS BALLS and which are RUBBER BALLS at different seasons of your life.
You will soon understand that your career is a rubber ball. While it may seem wildly scary at times when the stakes are high, you need to remind yourself that in the unfortunate circumstance that it hits rock bottom, it will bounce back. We may feel invincible when we are young, but we have to realise that health on the other hand, is a GLASS BALL. If you drop it, it will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. Life will never be the same. I always make sure I remember which are the glass balls and the rubber balls.
WHAT IN YOUR LIFE HAS BROUGHT OR GIVEN YOU THE GREATEST SATISFACTION OR FULFILMENT?
Choosing rocking boats over safe bets have given me the greatest satisfaction.
LOOKING BACK, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AND WHAT WILL YOU DO AGAIN?
Looking back, I might make different choices and take different paths, but I would ultimately choose the narrative that opens up possibilities and adventures every time. I will choose the rocking boats all over again.
WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH, HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF GOING?
I believe in the phrase ‘No pressure, no diamonds', and that I can be anything I want to be, but I’ll have to consistently work at, on and around it. Additionally, it would be ideal to surround yourself with kindred spirits who are extremely interesting, insane or both.
HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF LOOKING AND FEELING GOOD?
A healthy dose of curiosity, mischief and the ability to laugh loudly and often. Choosing super-heroine costumes that makes me feel feminine and strong, elegant and accessible, ready for work and play. It’s all about the word ‘AND’.
WHAT WORDS OF WISDOM DO YOU HOLD CLOSE TO HEART?
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