Christa, I think you’re my hero! Nice work with it all - I still have a ways to go. My reading for pleasure has plummeted, every button I sew seems to fall out, and I still love a good bowl of cereal for dinner. 🙂 I was in a similar situation as you ladies - worked long hours for a demanding career I wasn’t sure I wanted to put on hold. Took me a while to come around to the idea of staying at home, but I can say that, for me, it’s the right choice right now. I was also able to let go of some anxiety about not working when I met up with coworkers/colleagues after I’d left. I’d been so nervous about my ability to jump back into work later down the road, and they really helped to boost my confidence that the work will be there and there’s a place for me if/when I’m ready to come back. (As women leaving the workforce, whether temporarily or permanently, I just don’t think we hear this kind of supportive talk enough.) I agree with Christa that routines have been very helpful (although I don’t know if my details will help much as my daughter is 18 months old). And once I started to lean into it and embrace the change, it got easier and more enjoyable. Go easy on yourself on those tough days, and celebrate the small victories. Good luck to you, Kaitlin!
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