I think that there are times when any job that you have will impact your personal life. I was a teacher at the corporate level, so my experience is from that standpoint. I would have a day of 8 hour classes with no time to do administrative work until after the class was over. That can make you late for events. I often had to prepare for training on a weekend ahead of a class. I also had the additional challenge of traveling on the weekends in order to train during the week. All of those things can happen on a regular basis when you are a trainer. Some of my friends and family are teachers as well, where the hours are long. School teachers sometimes have some additional duties at schools, supporting various clubs, mentoring students, talking with parents, etc.
Your challenge in any work - life balance situation is this - when do you need to say no? You are not going to be able to do everything. There are some times when you need to work long days, but if it is every day and you miss a lot of events, you may need to consider what needs to change. I have changed jobs when training workload took over my life. I know some teachers who changed schools to find a better fit.
This is a great question. I would say it depends on the type of person you are and what your priorities are. This could apply to many situations such as my husband being in the military. We are both very dedicated and sacrifice the amount of time, whatever that may be, to ensure we are providing the best care possible to those under our care. However, we also make our family a priority. Nursing is such an amazing career that absolutely fulfills me. I get to take care of amazing patients and teach outstanding nursing students so they can continue the legacy of giving the best care possible. A big part of being successful in various aspect of one's life is time management and prioritization. Make time for those that matter and include yourself. That is probably the hardest part. There is a long list of others that need my attention and I usually place myself at the bottom. I tell others that if they do not care for themselves they will not be around to take care of others; however, that is hard advice to follow. Remember to tell those people in your life that they matter and then be sure to work hard, but also take breaks and check in on your loved ones. Your mental and emotional health are as important as your physical health. If you are determined you can make it happen, so don't give up. I know you can have it all! The sky is the limit. I wish you the best of luck.