I stopped looking for balance in my life and found my passion!

I am often asked how I am able to find balance in my life as a mother of two, a wife, a daughter and a full time Target team member. My answer: I am not looking for balance, I am looking to spend my time living out my passion. I am extremely fortunate; my career, my hobbies, and my family are all centered on my passion of improving the health and wellness of others, including my own health.

As a behavior health scientist and Head of Population Health for Target, I spend my day working on implementing policies, systems and environmental changes that make the healthy choices the default choices for all of our Target team members and their families. This means creating a culture at Target where team members know that Target cares about their health well-being & wants to meet all team members where they are at on their wellness journey; allowing them to live their fullest & best life.

My work allows me to stay current and engaged in the ever-evolving field of health & wellness. I then get to take that knowledge and provide best practice science-based initiatives to our team members so they can engage in our health and wellness offerings. Through this engagement we see that because team members are working to improve their own health they are more productive, present, happy and compassionate at work and at home.

All of this wellness work is done by some of the best teammates & colleagues I’ve ever had the honor of working alongside. My colleagues care about making healthy the best option, and because of this deep care for health, we challenge each other to walk our own talk, work to improve the social determinants of health, and can say we are helping to fuel the potential of our team members, guests and communities every day!

As for balance, I am not striving to find a balanced life anymore. I’m not sure that’s the best advice to give someone. Instead, I recommend that you live a life that is filled with your passion. In return, I can almost guarantee you that you will feel an abundant sense of gratitude, satisfaction & fulfillment in your life.

Be well. Live well. Live a life filled with your passion.

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And I’m Back!

My name is Maryam Becker and I work as a Campus Recruiter in Headquarters Talent Acquisition in Minneapolis. I’ve been with Target for 5 years with my time doing staffing and recruiting for Target Headquarters. It’s a pretty fun gig to meet all the talented individuals that I do and help make their day when I offer the job. I pretty much yell, ‘YAY!’ every time a candidate accepts an offer from me. It may sound unprofessional, but I personally believe that it’s important to be real and who I am with the candidates I interact with. I love that I can have such a positive impact on people’s lives as they plan their career and walk them through what they want out of their career to help make an important decision for them in their life.

Two of my biggest values are balance along with personal growth and development. Which is also part of the reason I chose Target to start my career in. I have so much pride in the fact that I knew leaders I would work with would continuously invest their time in helping with my personal growth and development and instilling that balance for me to participate in activities outside of my work-life if I asked for it. Not to mention that they show interest in what I do outside of work is something I appreciate because it allows me to bring myself to work every day. My colleagues know that I’m a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a student, a president of an alumni organization and a peer to some pretty outstanding professionals if I must say so myself.

If you haven’t heard of the author Tom Rath, I’d highly recommend looking into him. He’s written Strengthsfinder, Well-Being, and Eat.Move.Sleep. Target has a high focus on well-being in the five pillars that Tom Rath discusses in this book: Financial, Community, Social, Health and Career. This is such a great example of how this can ground you and help strive for balance. It’s reassuring to know that there are some times where certain pillars will take up more time than others, but again it’s not all the time and a reminder to everyone is you control that. Definitely an art, not a science and something I work to strive for everyday and I can’t say how thankful I am to have an employer to support this not only at work, but in my entire lifestyle.

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