It’s been three years since I left my full time corporate job. In some ways it feels like it has been a million years ago. In others it feels like just yesterday. Next week I am heading to Austin, TX where I lived and worked before coming to Canada. It will be great to see my friends and I am waiting for the pang I get every time I see them. “What happened to the super-ambitious career woman I used to be?” is the mantra that floats through my mind on repeat. I am so different today than I was then. But is that a good difference or a bad one? The relationship between women and work can be a complex one.
As we grow older, we make decisions and take turns that affect where we end up. For some of us it is relationships, for others it is children, for others it is a job….there are a million different twists and turns that we can take. Often we don’t even know we are making a decision that will change our life forever.
Ha! It is scary when I think about it. And boy did I make some DUMB decisions. Thankfully, I don’t feel like the one I made 3 years ago was dumb. Though I do think I was a bit naive.
I quit a very lucrative job to work from home full time as a blogger. Now before you decide to go quit your job to chase blogger stardom, let me tell you. It is a SLOG sometimes and it doesn’t pay enough to keep Evan and I fed, clothed and housed in Calgary if it weren’t for Dewey. Yep, I depend on my husband for solvency. Now that can be scary in itself. Especially when you are as independent as I am.
Thankfully, I have a few things going in my favor: I have a degree in Chemical Engineering, I keep my professional network alive and I work to be seen as a professional in my new job as a blogger (it is NOT a hobby) and we have an open dialogue about money. Even with all that, there are times when I would love to go back to work. And then I wake up and realize that would mean no summers off, no vacations to far flung destinations (I would probably get 2 weeks vacation and Dewey has like 8) and and and. So I will keep my uber flexible, if slightly less lucrative, work from home gig.
Why am I even talking about this? Well, we as women need to know there are LOTS of options for us in life. There is no one size fits all and we need to make decisions that are great for US and our families. Not just one or the other. A lot goes in to that: education, self reflection and financial planning.
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It really speaks to me and how I have made decisions in my life. It isn’t just about my family and it isn’t just about money. It is a blend of both. Want to read what other women have to say? Check out this great report – 10 Lessons Women@Work: Managing Career, Family and Legacy. It has some great ideas for things to think about when navigating the paths and decisions through your life.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TD Bank Group. As always, all opinions are my own.