Work-life balance is different for everyone. As an entity that provides a respite and getaway for so many, it’s interesting to explore what work-life balance means to our team.
For some, balance is having a clear separation of work and personal life by setting specific timeframes and boundaries. This may be a result of the job requirements or what works best for you. Many who have this lifestyle appreciate having time to be fully present for family, friends, or hobbies. They want to forget about their work tasks and completely disconnect from emails and phone calls when they are “off of the clock”.
Others see their careers as more of a lifestyle. They believe the best work-life balance comes from being in the right work culture that allows for fluidity from work to leisure, giving an individual the flexibility to focus on what is important regardless of the time of day. Not all jobs do you find this possible but for many, it creates a more fulfilling lifestyle.
Whichever is your preference, having time to disconnect is important. Balancing work and life have become increasingly complex in the last few years as more people work from home or in jobs that are more stressful than they were before.
Here at Skamania Lodge many of us talk about how lucky we are to live and work in a place where it’s easy to engage in balance. Naturally, most of us find solace in the outdoors. Some thrill-seekers find this in windsurfing or kiteboarding on the incredible Columbia River, while others, it’s the ability to explore the woods; to Forest Bathe, as we now know it.
There are so many ways for us to engage with family and friends: dining, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, ziplining, or maybe we are simply sitting on the porch taking in the vast beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Our commutes are freer of traffic and at times life can be a little easier to navigate. For us, in our neck of the woods, we believe that however you find it, balance is a necessity. We encourage you to find a balance that allows you to live life to the fullest.