It started as just a fantasy. A dream about giving up the long hours, and the career stress to just do what I loved. But what I loved didn’t seem to compare to the prestige of a career. What I loved was just ordinary – spending time with family, motherhood, volunteering and connecting with other women. Those were things that you do to unwind, not what you do instead of pursuing a challenging full-time career. I mean, I went to college and got all that education to do something more complex, right?
But then the dream blossomed into a spark of reality when the world’s best husband encouraged me to just be happy and do what I love. Even if what I loved had no paycheck attached to it. Then I became obsessed. What would life be like if I was brave enough to spend as much energy on my little family as I did pursuing my career? What if I spent time to truly enjoy every phase of my daughter’s life knowing that I would never get these moments back instead of struggling to fit motherhood in between work meetings and strategy sessions? What if I dared to support my husband the way he needs to be supported instead of running the rat race? What if I was just brave enough to believe that our little family of three would be fine on one income?
And now I’m pursuing the dream, and smiling wondering where it will take me. . .