Regional Director Perspective: Balancing Work and Home Life
Hi! My name is Elliot Pegg and I am a Regional Director of Tennis for Cliff Drysdale Tennis (CDT). I grew up in England and moved to the States in 2012 when I began working for CDT. I have been fortunate to travel to many states, experience a variety of clubs and have met some amazing people along the way.
After moving back and forth as Director of Tennis in the summer at Southampton Camp & Club in Southampton, NY and Director over the fall, winter and spring seasons at Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, CA since 2015, I finally settled in Southampton in the fall of 2019 with my wife and daughter who was born end of October 2019.
This was an amazing time of my life which was the perfect time in relation to working remotely and being able to spend a lot of time with my newborn! I became a Regional Director for CDT in October 2019 and began taking on a greater workload, overseeing multiple clubs and completing all the corporate tasks and assisting with my clubs' respective needs. Working from home with my daughter running around does, however, have its challenges. Juggling work, looking after my daughter and trying to figure out myself and my wife's full-time schedules was all part of a day in the off season.
I learnt however that setting up times when you block yourself off for work and agree to the times when you take care of your daughter made this new chapter in both our lives very manageable. My wife is fortunate with the flexibility of also being able to work from home when necessary, so between us we have been able to juggle our schedules.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 didn't make the process any easier! Especially being indoors a lot more due to the cold weather, the virus and the restrictions certainly limit what you can do with a 16-month old! However, home life has been great considering the world we live in! We are all able to spend a lot of time together, and can even squeeze in the occasional date night or weekend trips to see family and new places.
I'm also in a unique situation in that my club is seasonal so it has also taken a while to get used to not being on court all year round! Fortunately, the summers here are very busy and it gives me a new perspective on how much I love the sport and miss being on court. This becomes challenging with home life in the summers as I can't spend much time with my family when the weather is much warmer, but we have made the best of our new lifestyle and have together been able to juggle work and home life year round. If there is anything I have learnt, it's that it always works itself out in the end!