We sat down with Dimetria to ask about her vision for the OCBA in 2012 and beyond.
Dimetria Jackson: Work life balance is something that I consistently try to achieve. One recommendation is to schedule time on your calendar (with reminders, if necessary) for you, your family and whatever else is important to you. Our calendars are filled with so many meetings and appointments, but in order to ensure that you make time for yourself, include date nights with your spouse, gym appointments, lunch with friends or family, hobbies and whatever you enjoy, as well as play dates and family outings. It will give you something fun to look forward to. If you enjoy going to the gym, calendar workouts for a time before the family awakes, once the children are asleep or during your day. If you need to take the children with you, many gyms offer day care for your little ones, for a small fee, while you reap the benefits of a great workout. Another recommendation is to seek assistance, by asking for help when needed. Too often, we try to do everything ourselves, but it will ultimately save time and money, if we retain or utilize the services of a sitter, housekeeper or shop online. Fortunately, I have a wonderful supportive husband who has agreed to rearrange his schedule and priorities this year so that I may balance work, my OCBA commitments, community involvement, family and my life.