I never was the person who always wanted to be a stay at home Mom. I have such admiration for those that do (and those that don't) because I can see and respect things from both sides.
When I made a career change, wow almost three years ago now, to leave corporate America it was a transition but has brought so much more balance and happiness to my life.
That being said - there are still moments where I long for a little more time with my kids and a little less feeling the need to rush them out the door in the morning and then rush to feed and bath them when they get home.
Today was a fluke day that offered me the chance to spend some extra hours with my kiddos and it was raining and well...we still have a drainage issue in the back yard but you know what...this is what four year olds SHOULD be doing.
Haven't laughed this hard in a while.
These are the days I hope to never forget.....and I breath a little easier knowing these opportunities are more frequent than ever.
We always love any excuse to get together with our family. Me and the kiddos road tripped to Dubuque over the weekend for my cousin Natalie's shower and bachelorette party in Galena. It was a quick trip but a fun filled 24 hours.
Riley - Nora - Kendall
Me and the bride to be!
Kendall discovered Betty Jane mints and was storing them like a chipmunk before winter!
No pictures of Connor but he made friends with Uncle Dans neighbor Trevor and they played baseball literally all day long! Wish we had a neighbor like that...Connor was in heaven and a sweaty mess at the end of the day! What a day!
One year ago I met the women in the top half of this picture at an event in Madison, WI. To this day I could not even tell you what possessed me to go this event - but some force pushed me out of my comfort zone and I went.
The event opened my eyes to an opportunity - to make an impact - to lead the life I've been seeking. I didn't know how I was going to do it but my eyes and ears were open when most would have kept them closed or thought well I can't do that or that's great but this isn't for me.
This weekend I was at another event with these same two women. This picture is just a small representation of the changes we have all made in 12 months time.
Wouldn't change a moment of it. One of the leaders in our company suggested that the truth is this company is a "personal development program with a compensation plan" and I feel so strongly that this is true. I am who I was 12 months ago - I am just a better version of that person.
There isn't anyone I wouldn't wish to have this same experience - you just have to be willing to be open to listening.
Our lives continue to change and evolve but far more gratifying is how we are watching our impact changing other people's lives.