In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken with dozens of women.
They’ve all said something similar: “Now that I’ve been home so much more, it’s become crystal apparent to me exactly how much I appreciate it and how desperately I’d like to figure out a way to be at home more often.”
It’s like when we’re in the thick of “life” — between work, bills, driving the kids to school, work meetings, and deadlines, we grow numb to how fast-paced it all is.
In the midst of it all, we forget about all we’re missing.
Once you take a moment to slow down, it becomes glaringly evident to many just how much is lost in the rush of “life.”
Just think: how many moments with kids do we miss? How many opportunities do we pass up to spend time with our children?
Being together with family and friends is a warm, fuzzy feeling. It’s so freeing to have no continual job pressure and no need to hustle.
I’m not saying it’s always simple; living together may have obstacles, but we must understand how swiftly life passes us by.
When I worked at the Heart Institute, I had a routine of waking up, getting to work, running into meetings (hopefully not too late), getting all the workpieces tidied up, then trying to slip out not too late so that I didn’t leave my son at aftercare for too long.
My son would spend approximately 7 hours at school and then about 1.5 hours in “Aftercare.”
I was initially concerned about spending more time with my coworkers than my kids, but I became desensitized as time grew more hectic.
Furthermore, I felt I didn’t have an option.
My great desire to make a business succeed (finally!) became a high priority only after my daughter was born.
When I decided to venture into the unknown and invest in a business, I realized I did have a choice.
All of this is to say: pay attention to your feelings and instincts. You already know what you truly want.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Despite the chaos of business, with kids rushing in and out and dogs howling, I wouldn’t change anything about my life.
While stepping into the unknown might be frightening, the payoff is well worth it.