The last few years have been full of leaps. Perhaps all of us are always leaping towards new adventures, but in our life, it feels like we have made some giant leaps lately. One year ago, my husband and I made the decision to move our family from the shores of Lake Superior to the Pacific Northwest. The reasons were plentiful, but the long and short of it was simple – his job is based here and we were spending money to live apart. Not an ideal situation at all. Now that we’ve fully settled into our life in the Upper Left USA, we couldn’t be happier.
We love the opportunities Pacific Northwest living has provided our family – countless trails to hike, beaches to explore and mountains to stand in awe of (and eventually climb). Our kids are happy and healthy. We have far more time together than we did when he was commuting, which we all love. But of course, with any new adventure comes new challenges. When we moved to the PNW, I decided to continue with my company and switch to a remote role, for awhile, this was a great fit – providing me the opportunity to continue working in a role and capacity I loved while maintaining a sense of satisfaction that came along with the professional challenges.
Fast forward to today, while I still love and respect the company I work for, I’m finding a lack of balance and in turn adding a lot of unnecessary stress to my life — and in turn, my kids’ and husband’s lives. After lots (and lots…and lots) of talking together, my husband and I came to the same conclusion. Life is too short. Life is too short to be stressed out day in and day out, life is too short to be working in a role that I am no longer crazy passionate about, life is too short to not spend the free time that I do have focusing on something that brings me joy, and most of all, life is too short to cause added stress to our children’s lives. We are fortunate enough to be in a situation where I can leave my job behind and focus on new adventures and for that I am incredibly grateful. The minute I started to notice how my work was impacting my kids, I knew what we had to do.
This parenting stuff is tough. But finding peace in the balance that works for you makes it far easier. I will rest my head on my pillow tonight, knowing that I am doing what is right for my family and in turn, myself. I won’t pretend that it was an easy decision, but I know it was the best choice for us. So here we go again…with another leap into uncharted territory. But we’re leaping together, without doubt or worry and simply focusing on what matters most which is these 3 awesome little girls around us.
So what does this new adventure look like? Although we are still figuring out all of the details, in a nutshell, it means that I can focus my time and energy here on Wanderlocity and also on our side project, 52 Reasons. I can be fully present for our children while I am home, while maintaining a professional portfolio through a few projects at a time. We can add balance to our lives and continue to work to raise global citizens who are forces for social good. It also means more time for me to try my hand at other new challenges that come along or turn some of the big ideas that are covering napkins in my drawer into something.
Cheers to new adventures, cheers to saying yes and cheers to taking a leap and not knowing where you will land.
I take this leap with a full understanding that not everyone can leave their job and try to experience new things, because of that I feel fortunate, grateful and fully aware that my family is in a somewhat unique situation. But I also will take this leap wholeheartedly, not knowing exactly where it is going to take me. Have you ever done something like this?