I love to bring together my travel experience with every thing else. This is how the Life Balance or Work Life Balance ended up as Pisco Sour of Life.

Last September in Cusco, Peru, I went to a cooking class. During the class the chef also taught us on how to make a Pisco Sour. It is easy enough with only 6 ingredients*. But he also told us that every Pisco will taste differently. So we did what we were told- shook the stuff until the ice had melted and then tried the different Piscos and sure enough they tasted differently.

Pisco Sour of Life Balance Cocktail

Then I started my training as a coach and came about the chapter called “Work-Life-Balance”. There are only 4 major ingredients and again every life is different. I learned about the Life Balance Model of Professor Nossrat Peseschkian** (1933-2010). Here he describes the 4 pillars of life: Family & social contacts; Health & Fitness; Work & Finances; Meaning & Culture. Let me explicate those a little further.

Family & social contacts: This of course includes Friends and Family but also social engagement and devotion and acceptance.

Health & Fitness: This includes a healthy diet, rest and relaxation, the expectation of life, your fitness and overall health.

Work & Finances: Here we have our job, money and success. This also means prosperity and wealth. Also included here is education as well as continued education and efficiency and regeneration.

Meaning & Culture: This includes love, religion, values, and sense of life, self-fulfillment and questions of the future.

Workshop “Time to reflect”

Time to reflect

Do you see the fog or the possibilities?
REFLECT what you want!


So I started to put together my Pisco Sour of life. I put a portion of everything in there that felt good for me. There was my job, my family and friends, my hobbies as well as to learn something new and something I called me time. Once I had all those things divided up into percentages I felt they need to have a reality check. I wrote down the real Pisco Sour of my life. And I found some discrepancies.

Not a nice feeling.

But it is important to look at those carefully and find out what you can do about them. So one discrepancy for me was that the part of learning something new was higher then I wanted it to be and instead the part of Meaning and Culture was a little less. Since I just started the training to be a coach it wasn’t a big surprise that learning had a considerable part. With it, I gave myself a chance to grow on the Meaning and Culture part, since I was missing something on the self-fulfillment.

For me this discrepancy is ok, because I am working towards a goal and it is only temporary. The training course will be over at some point and hopefully enables me to help others make a change in their lives. This will in fact help me to grow a better feeling of self-fulfillment. I know, still a lot of “if” in there, but this is my vision. So I will continue working on my Pisco.

What I have learned:

  • Only if you find out about the discrepancies you can work on them
  • Everybody has his own Pisco Sour of Life
  • Work- Life –Balance, Life-Balance, Pisco Sour of Life- whatever you call it- it is important to live a happy and fulfilled life

So, how does your Pisco taste?

*Egg white(3cl), Lime juice (3cl), Sugar syrup (3cl), Pisco (4cl), Ice cubes (4), Cinnamon and lime for decoration.


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