Ever since I took my “early retirement” from HR, 11 years ago, I have been in search of “what’s next.” Being financially independent and contributing in some way were more than core values. They were linked very closely to my identity. I loved earning a paycheck (it made me feel valuable). I loved having a title (it made me feel important). I loved leading a team (it made me feel powerful). All of these feelings led to a false sense of security. When they were gone, I didn’t know who I was.
Yes, I made the choice not to return to corporate life after my crash and burn in 2007. As with all choices there are consequences. Although, I had more freedom to take care of myself and bring balance back to my family, there was a strong desire to do something outside of the home. I was in transition.Read More