Ever feel like you’re doing things backwards? I certainly do. Especially when it came to my decision to leave work to spend more time with my young family.
To most others, almost having both of your children in school would signal the right time to start ramping up your career again.
I’d been sitting on the sidelines for close to 10 years working a part time job since having my first baby. A job that offered me the flexibility to be with my children but still keep one foot in the employment door of opportunity.
Then along came the chance of taking up a full time role and promotion I had been dreaming off. With one child in school and another set to start the following year it all seemed to be falling into place.
Except it didn’t.
The last few days have been rather exhausting as my baby girl has been sick with a bad cold for most of the weekend which means we have both had very little sleep over the past few nights.
So as I dragged my feet towards my computer, I wondered what I might pull together for today’s blog post – my enthusiasm was there but my brain and body certainly were not.
And then I came across this post which I had written but shelved for some reason … a lack of time perhaps or maybe it just didn’t feel right at that moment.
But reading back over it this morning, it was exactly what I needed to hear. A reminder that time is too precious, that it’s ok to slow down and do what feels right at this moment.
So I thought I would share it with you …
One year ago I made one of the biggest decisions of my life … and it has been the best decision I ever made.
One year ago I walked away from a hard-earned career … and I have never regretted it.
One year ago I recognised my stress, anxiety and tiredness … and decided to do something about it.
One year ago I chose my beautiful family over everything else … and the time I have spent with them is priceless.
One year ago I put my family’s happiness before everyone else … and I now only wish I had done so sooner.
One year ago six simple words changed my life forever … and I will be forever grateful to my daughter for showing me the way.