We had the good fortune of connecting with Betzy Lynch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Betzy, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I actually think work life balance is a myth. As CEO, mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, if my goal was balance, I would feel inadequate and unfulfilled. I would have been unsuccessful in getting the priorities of my life to balance on either end of a scale. Additionally, the concept of work life balance comes from a place of privilege. It’s not reasonable for anyone to think work life balance is achievable. In fact, I would suggest it is impossible because work is part of life. My recommendation is to remove the expectations of balance and try to find meaning, purpose and joy in all parts of your life. When you are able to find learning and meaning even in the tough lessons life hands us, you are able to cope more easily and experience joy more deeply when it occurs. I would encourage all people to be less concerned about being accomplished since the constant striving for more feeds this unrealistic need for balance. My hope for our world is that people would be concerned with who we are to each other than in the perpetual quest to build the list of accomplishments on our resumes. This would allow each person to have purpose and find meaning in their life… their whole life including their work.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The mission of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS is to connect the community to Jewish heritage, identity, experiences and values to ensure the continuity and vibrancy of the Jewish community. We accomplish our mission by promoting the physical and mental well-being of the community and offering a rich array of stimulating and innovative social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs and services. The LFJCC is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for San Diego’s diverse Jewish community and its greater general community. Today the world seems mostly focused on the individual. In many ways we value the “I” over the “we”. The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center does the opposite. With our nation feeling very divided over a few issues, we focus on the many places and spaces were we can agree. Where we can build meaningful connections between people so that people can thrive in community with each other. The LFJCC has always invited people of every race, religion, ethnic group and culture to be a part of our community and we pride ourselves in welcoming and embracing everyone. Our goal is to allow people to connect to themselves, to connect to each other and learn about Jewish life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would suggest spending a day in La Jolla, starting with Kayaking at the La Jolla Shores. There are also surf lessons, bike rentals and plenty of fun activities. Then I would head over to Sugar & Scribe in downtown La Jolla for lunch. The owner, Mave and her crew make amazing food and baked goods and while she is somewhat of a local celebrity, she is often spotted working at her restaurant. Following I would suggest my friends walk over to The Cove and visit the seals and sea lions over at the Children’s Pool. Following, if they still have room left after feasting at Sugar and Scribe, they can walk over to Bobboi for a mind blowing homemade (in small batches) Gelato. Finally, to walk off the gelato, and to see some local art, I suggest the self guided tour of the Murals of La Jolla: https://www.ljathenaeum.org/murals-of-la-jolla. Day 2 would be visiting Balboa Park and the world famous San Diego Zoo. End the day with fresh fish tacos from Blue Water Grille in OB. If you time it right you can catch the sun setting over the ocean. Day 3 starts off the day with a round of Pickleball at the LFJCC, followed by lunch at Caroline’s Seaside Cafe near La Jolla Shores and then an afternoon walk at Torrey Pines Reserve. Day 4 take the ferry from Downtown San Diego to Coronado Island and walk around and lunch in Coronado for the day. Visit the historic Hotel Del Coronado and walk along the beach. When back in Downtown, walk by Petco Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and The Headquarters at Seaport Village. Little Italy for dinner – tons of delicious restaurants from which to choose. Day 5 Shabbat (family dinner) with the Lynches!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the movement of Jewish Community Centers across North America. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to have purposeful and fulfilling work that never required me to choose between being a community leader and being a wife and mother. My family is rooted in the JCC movement across this country. Thank you for being my village.
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