Yin and Yang - Duality In Work Life Balance

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

Yin & Yang

Duality In Work Life Balance

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Why Yin Yang?

Without getting too far into the weeds, yin and yang describes the harmonious and interdependent nature of forces. Good versus evil or light versus darkness can be forces of yin and yang.  In the same thought, work life balance fits that same interdependent nature. It is up to us to create the harmony that balances the push versus pull. 

 The Struggle

As an empty-nester, I don't have to struggle like I did many years ago when our children were growing up. However, I still have a grandson, Tristan, that my husband and I watch on Sundays. So there may be a little struggle from my inability to let loose of this little one to get anything done when I am at home. It is frustrating but a happy frustration!

The Issues

Tristan & NanaI want to spend all my time with Tristan but clients call, houses need to be shown, questions need to be answered. Contracts and paperwork need to be done timely. These are just some of the issues I still deal with.  My son and daughter-in-law are very lucky to have us living so close to them. I do believe they are very appreciative, but it still creates that work/life struggle for balance.

On the other hand, I also realize how very blessed I am that we live so close that we can watch Tristan grow up. We recognize and are thankful for this. So as an issue, I am happy to have this yin and yang of sorts! 

The Strategies

As most real estate agents and brokers know, things change on a dime. A free day can become a completely full day in a matter of a few phone calls or emails!

When You Love What You Do Is It Work? 

Amalfi CoastI worked 34 years prior to taking time off in 2001. Now, I considered that 34 years work. I was off from 2001 to 2011 and enjoyed doing anything I wanted to do. I even had a personal trainer! My husband and I traveled to various destinations. Many were bucket list destinations. So my "balance" was all "life oriented" during that time. To this day, I feel very satisfied in all that I was able to accomplish. ...No regrets and nothing but wonderful memories. 

The Bug

However, as I have stated before, I have been involved in real estate since I was 19 years Tristan Sheri Rickold. The bug never left me. In 2011, I finally made the decision to get my real estate license in Arizona. My husband and I made this decision together, knowing full well we would have to put our hearts and souls into this to make it work. We were both excited about the anticipation and the challenge. We felt we were naturals for this. Why not? We had been preparing our whole lives for this challenge. We owned our own home when we were 20 years old, sold many of our homes without any formal help. Many of those homes were sold during crazy California markets over the years.

Balance Through Teamwork

My husband and I work as a team. I am the Sedona REALTOR® and Rick helps with the marketing, photography and other tasks that I may need help with. Rick's schedule is determined by my needs. We work together to assure that the client is getting the very best service possible. We schedule time for ourselves when we can. If it has to change we don't have any issue with it. We know we will get our balance when we need it. After all, our Sedona real estate business is not work, it is our passion and a huge part of our life balance. 

Yin and yang - The push and pull is only out of balance if you feel it is out of balance. 

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 Thank you Jeff Dowler for providing us an opportunity to talk about "The Challenges of Work-Life Balance - Your Personal Story"  


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Sheri

Thanks for your entry! I really like how you presented your philosophy, and your strategies that are working for you. Clearly you and Rick are a great team! And having that special time with your grandson is something you just can't get too much of


May 16, 2017 09:52 AM #26
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Sheri - Lovely post. When we love our work, it definitely has an impact on how we think about balance. It's good that you can spend lots of quality time with Tristan too.

May 16, 2017 01:04 PM #27
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My wife and I are the yin and yang working together in harmonious(most of the time) balance.

May 16, 2017 02:00 PM #28
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri- I love the life that you and Rick have created for yourselves!  You love what you do and you have your family near you!  What more could you want!

May 16, 2017 05:02 PM #29
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Sheri you and Rick are an awesome team! When one blinks the other ones picks up the pace!  Love your photos!  And I agree you are so lucky to have that little one close to you. I wish we did so I could do the yin/yang dance like you!

May 16, 2017 05:13 PM #30
Edward Drennan
Century 21 Dreams - Oakville, ON
Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area

Balance through teamwork - my wife & I like that idea!

May 16, 2017 05:23 PM #31
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Sheri,

You are lucky! When you get stressed, a little time with Tristan will fix that. What a blessing.

May 16, 2017 08:13 PM #32
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I find it very challenging to keep my life in balance.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 16, 2017 08:32 PM #33
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on a well deserved feature.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 16, 2017 08:34 PM #34
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Balance through teamwork is possible - however, for husband and wife team....have to take the vacation together....lol!

May 16, 2017 08:36 PM #35
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - The analogies you draw about the ying and the yang between life balance and business is beautifully illustrated by the examples of how you have and continue to live your life making family high priority while as a  Business Team you accomplish other people's goals too. I'm very proud to know you and wish we could visit someday. 

May 17, 2017 04:34 AM #36
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sherri - this is a well deserved feature.  Like Laura Cerrano says, you do need both to make the balance.  Sounds like you have it all figured out.

May 17, 2017 06:50 AM #37
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

You are living the good life!  Gladi t all worked out for you.  And to have that long 'sabbatical' to enjoy life without worrying about a paycheck--you were very fortunate. thanks for sharing.

May 17, 2017 08:29 AM #38
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer
You are very fortunate - my grand-daughter lives so far away that I only see her once or twice a year. Meanwhile... if she and her parents or my younger son are going to be in town, everything else gets put on hold. Time with them is precious.
May 17, 2017 09:26 AM #39
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

We will all find different ways to balance our lives.

Thank you for sharing your choices.

I like that you and your husband have found a balance that includes working together.

Best wishes

May 17, 2017 11:10 AM #40
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, you and Rick have found what works and there for each other, that's a huge blessing. Having your grandson so close by is awesome, I'm certain you would love to spend more time with this handsome guy.

May 17, 2017 01:02 PM #41
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

After 31 years i am finally taking some me time, but not enough. I have been on the under side of balance for too long Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

May 17, 2017 04:37 PM #42
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Moderation. Mix the two. Nuff said.

May 18, 2017 08:17 AM #43
Raymond Edler
Keller Williams Realty Dallas Fort Worth 214-552-2091 - Prosper, TX
#1 Real Estate Office in DFW

Nice read, great post.  Balancing work and life is key to a happy life.

May 19, 2017 07:01 PM #44
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

That is so neat that you were able to take 10 years off to do what you wanted and then jump into your new passion.  Wonderful!  Love the photos. -Kasey

May 20, 2017 02:53 PM #45
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