Why I pressed pause: After the birth of my second child, I decided to take a leave of absence.
What I gained: True clarity and focus. The ability to let go of the smaller things and make a true impact without worrying what others think. Awareness of my limitations and not living with fear I won’t get something done. Being able to cut through the clutter, strategize and prioritize with confidence. Most importantly, the ability to manage expectations — which has made me a better mom and employee.
Why I pressed pause: Both of my parents became terminally ill at about the same time.
What I gained: Managing caregivers, doctors, hospitals, bills, meds, insurance, and end of life decisions taught me much: Look at a situation laterally. Purpose is everything. Get the right people to talk to each other. Prioritize on the fly. Accept help. Holding someone’s hand may be the most important thing you do. Caregivers deserve kindness. Embrace that control is an illusion.
Why I pressed pause: With two kids and sick family members, it was important for me to focus on family.
What I gained: The power to accept and own my limitations and how to shape my goals and expectations based on what’s possible. I learned that I can balance work life and home life and that I enjoy the mix of challenges, competition and self-responsibility that being a part of an agency provides. I’m happy to say I am in a leadership position AND a mother.