To all the wonderful women here who are working outside and/or having 24x7 jobs at home taking care of family & household... I am in late thirties with 2 kids (8 & 4 years of age) and minimal help from family except my husband here in this country. I am aspiring to grow in my career, be the best version of myself and a better mom with a reasonably well taken care of home and social life.. I sometimes wonder what are the tips and tricks that other experienced and been-there/done-that women have followed to make the transition from one already demanding phase of life to a even more demanding one.. especially over the age of 35 assuming by this age we have already laid a good foundation and been fairly successful but want to expand the horizon and take it to the next level in life .. This may also be keeping in mind someone who is restarting their career or veering into a different direction for any reason. Please pour your thoughts, experiences and wisdom . I am jotting down my thoughts here which I have so far identified as some key elements from my own life: 1. Self care is utmost important thing - any form of physical exercise 4 - 6 days a week , mindfulness techniques likes meditation, long walks, immersing in some activity that brings inner peace .. Carving me time and time with people whom you love to be with. 2. Need to be aware when you are being self critical, over analyzing, comparing to others, judging etc.. thinking either you are better or worse that others and having this constant self doubt. Catch yourself and cut down these negative thoughts. 3. Be compassionate and kind to others conditions and situations. Never assume and you do not know the complete story unless you have walked a mile in their shoes. 4. Must learn how to manage your routine and time accordingly to your family's schedule and drop activities which are not serving you or impacting the quality. It is always quality over quantity. There are many more that I can think of... But I am eager to hear from you all !