100 shiny faces, 2 volunteers, 1 sponsor and a bunch of amazing panellists joined Hacking Happiness for our first ever foray into the wonderful world of Vivid Sydney’s Vivid Ideas. It was an amazing event held at the Museum of Contemporary Art overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Here’s just a bit of what we discovered in the months leading to ‘the myth of work-life balance in a get-ahead culture.’
We all know that Australians are facing increased pressure from work. Some of this is driven by the cost of living. Some of it comes from not exactly knowing what we want to achieve with our careers on a small and large scale.
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Couple this with family obligations and how much identity we tie to work, and the concept of work-life balance becomes difficult terrain to navigate.
We all have a significant way to go in solving these issues. But all of the panellists and the audience agree that we need to address the impact of work on our lives in order to maintain happiness, mental health and physical health.
Genevieve reminded us that our definition of success at 80 years of age can and probably will be vastly different to career based achievement metrics.
This is truly an amazing way to view our current situation as we work through the issues inherent with work-life balance in a get-ahead culture.
Vivid Sydney and Vivid Ideas are amazing festivals. To participate in a major cultural event at the home of the Vivid Ideas exchange is simply amazing.
Association with a cultural icon and innovator such as Vivid helps to bring your idea to an entirely different audience. It can be a difficult process at times, but it is a worthwhile experience.
Hacking Happiness will be checking out similar opportunities in other cities. So if you’d like to see a panel on work-life balance happen in your city- let us know.
We’d also like to acknowledge the amazing support team at Destination NSW. The two Jesses, Freya, Rose, Laura and all the gang worked their tails off to help us make a successful event. Thank you!
The topic of work-life balance and the impact our careers have on our ability to exercise resilience, thrive and feel happy is huge. Nick and Rebekah thoroughly enjoyed speaking to Simon Marnie at ABC 702 weekend mornings about this challenge, but we know there is much conversation still to be had.
Similarly, Rebekah enjoyed grabbing a page on Anthill to discuss the specific challenges related to startup questioning whether the sacrifices related to overwork were worth the hero status it gave. But more conversation needs to take place to challenge the culture of overwork that permeates through the Australian startup culture.
Rebekah continued this message with neuroscience site, Your Brain Health by reminding us we are not our jobs. She placed emphasis on how important a balanced approach to work is in freelance by discussing 9 ways to enhance freelance credibility with the Loop. And questioned whether productivity tips could truly save us on Health Writer Hub – especially if the problem has a deeper root cause.
Brook urged women to stop playing the shame game for Business Chicks. And she spoke to the wellness and yoga community about the challenges inherent with business entrepreneurship with Yogamamma.
Sarah wrote a beautiful blog on the role of yoga in mental health and why she founded the Mind and Movement Centre in order to spread this message in the first instance.
Genevieve will be taking the messages shared to greater heights with her new Gen Baijan website.
And Nick continues the journey with Heads Up on a daily basis. He and his team will continue to provide simple, practical tools and resources to assist organisations and individuals manage a broad range of workplace mental health issues, including how to create a more mentally healthy workplace.
It may be the end of the Vivid Ideas event, but this is only the beginning in many respects.
We’d like to thank our sponsor The Fashion Workshop for helping make our event possible. Lucy is testament to work-life balance and the power of looking after yourself while you do so. Lucy’s entire product is about empowerment and taking control of our identities post children, body changes, major life events and illness that affects women’s body image.
And Lucy and the Fashion Workshop have the courage to support other women in business in their endeavours through practical means like sponsorship and promotion. In a sponsor, we could not have asked for better.
We’d also like to thank Adrienne Tan from brainmates for her help and advice with the Vivid Ideas event promotion process and for taking the time out to talk about work-life balance from a product manager’s perspective.
Adam Simpson from the Happy Project also gets some love for sharing his entrepreneurial spirit and genuine interest in Hacking Happiness’ desire to change the conversation around what it means to be successful. Here’s to Sydney change-makers everywhere!
‘The myth of work-life balance in a get-ahead culture’ would also not have been a success without our volunteers, Rich and Lily, who manned the doors and helped us run the Q&A. Thank you very much for donating your time and energy to make the event a successful one.
And of course, the countless friends, family, supporters, clients, colleagues and champions who took time out for the event in pre-production and on the day.
Thank you one and all for making this event a success. Especially each and every one of you who gave up your Sunday morning to come and investigate the notion of work-life balance and be a practical contributor in terms of the conversation.
Stay tuned- this conversation has only just begun!
Tags: events, happiness glorification, motivation, problem solving, vivid
After growing up in a dusty farming district where happy moments were few and far between, Rebekah packed a bunch of books and headed off in pursuit of education, the sea and a sense of anonymity that simply can’t be found in a town of 200.
Keenly aware she was an outsider, Rebekah attempted to discover happiness via five universities, island living, and all the wrong kind of activities before she triumphantly discovered she was potentially the happiest marketing nerd alive.
Rebekah has carved out a career through connecting people. She spent over seven years working in the dating industry, has worked agency-side in the tough Asian advertising world, and now freelances in marketing and content creation for community, social enterprise and startup ideas.
When she isn’t listening to prog and post rock as it pours out of her partner’s guitar, she’s connecting women as the Head of Disruption for Discordia Zine, marketing and writing as Unashamedly Creative, advocating for freelancer happiness via the Freelance Jungle, or being reminded that life is random, creative and silly by her Labrador, Gibson.
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