I spent years working opposite shifts from my husband. Partly to save on daycare costs, and partly so someone could get the kids to and from school, and be there on sick days and vacation days.
Four years ago when I found out we were having twins, I was juggling an overnight shift in the ER, running Mom on the Side, and everything else that comes with taking care of a home, marriage, and our current two kids. It didn’t take long before I realized something had to give.
By the end of the first trimester I left my job at the hospital to solely be work-at-home mom. After reading Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career by Lisen Stromberg, I now know that I was ready for a PAUSE.
If you’d asked me 10 years ago what my plans were, they were entirely different from where I’m at now and I’m TOTALLY okay with that. Being a work-at-home mom gives me the flexibility to work on a schedule that’s best for my family.
I’m able to be home with my twins before they start school. When the older kids are sick or have a vacation day, I don’t have to find a sitter. I’ve been able to be home with my twins since day one, not just the standard six weeks I was allowed with my daughter 15 years ago.
Had I taken any longer than that, my position could have been posted for hiring. Not having to choose between seeing my last babies grow up and working full-time crazy hours has done amazing things for my life.
Being able to take the pause when I had the twins didn’t leave me without a career or a paycheck. What it did was allow me to focus on something that makes me happy.
The blog underwent a rebrand in 2013, that fit more with my work-at-home mom of twins lifestyle and it began to thrive. Did I work less while the twins were newborns?
Absolutely. But I still had the ability to work when I wanted and earn an income the entire time.
My story is like many other women out there. Defining their own success when it comes to professional and personal life.
The “Gig Economy” makes that easier than ever to do and many women are thriving in this line of work. I loved reading the various stories throughout Work PAUSE Thrive, and all the different ways moms have found success both with family and work.
From starting their own companies, to fulfilling forgotten passions and finding new ones, to returning and advancing at the job they once held. It’s all possible and Work PAUSE Thrive helps us see that and learn how to achieve it.
All of this hasn’t been without struggle for me though. The biggest struggle being balance between working and motherhood.
It was actually when I hit chapter 10, and specifically strategy #10 that made me realize what my problem was. I wasn’t “relishing my pause”. This whole time I have been blessed to work-at-home while the twins are growing up, but I have been so worried about stuff that I wasn’t being present.
Thing isn’t I was worrying about feeling like I was being busy enough and that entire chapter helped me see that. If you do nothing else, buy Work PAUSE Thrive for chapter 10 alone.
Why You Should Read Work PAUSE Thrive
If you are struggling with the balance of work life and mom life, you should read this book. Are you ready to put motherhood first, but can’t make that final jump because you fear what it will be like?
You should read this book.
Wondering how women can be both committed professionals and committed mothers?
You should read this book.
Work Pause Thrive is filled with stories from mothers who have left top positions at big companies, to raise their children. After taking that pause, they are now thriving in careers that bring them happiness and financial success.
Yes I had skills and abilities I wanted to put to good use in the world, but right here, right now, this new baby, her older brother, and my husband mattered more than my job. – Lisen Stromberg
With Lisen Stromberg’s guidance in Work Pause Thrive, you’ll learn:
- Who pauses, and how and why,
- How pausing can enrich both your career and your life.
- How to innovate your own path by strategically incorporating a pause into your career.
- What we can (and need) to do as a society to make it pausing possible for more people to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Lisen Stromberg is an award-winning journalist, sought-after speaker, and CEO and founder of PrismWork, a culture innovation consultancy. In her book, Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, she reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm to achieve their personal and professional goals and provides readers with a blueprint for how they, too, can integrate kids with their career.
Order Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career and start finding balance in your life, too!
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