The past 3 years have been all about having babies for me. Shots, doctor appointments, newborns, etc. This year I turn 30 and one of my goals was to put a little focus back on my career. Being a wife and a mommy will always be my #1 job, but for me my career is also a priority. I have worked hard to get where I am, college, working during school, MBA, student loans, etc. I wish I would have worked harder, but that is not something I can change, what I can do is manage my career goals today. 5 years ago I wanted to be a power house in the corporate world. Today, I want to still climb the ladder, but maybe not quite as high or fast as before. I want to balance my family life, be at soccer games, dance recitals and have a successful career. I want to show my children you can have both if that is what you want.
It feels good. It feels good to reach this goal at such a young age. While it is little in comparison to some's success, to most it is big, and that feels good. It feels good to be an example for my children, especially my daughter as a little girl who will grow into a woman who will still face challenges competing with men. It feels good to know that I have both a successful career and a healthy, happy family life. That I am a good mommy and doing a good job in the office. The corporate world is a shark tank, it is competitive and you have to pony up and get in there if you want to move up.
Have you ever read the book Who moved my cheese? I read it about 3 years ago, as an adult, and gained a lot of perspective. I am resistant to change, it makes me nervous, it makes me doubt myself, but I know deep down, change is good. Scary? Yes, but exciting too. I challenge you, don't be afraid of change, embrace it! I am going to try!
Here are some insightful quotes from the book:
“Life moves on and so should we”
“When you stop being afraid you feel good”
“See what you're doing wrong, laugh at it, change and do better.”
“Movement in new direction helps find new cheese.”
“Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.”