How do I stay on track with my goals after I have this kid?
March 4, 2014 12:00 PM Subscribe
How did you find ways to have a great family, and to keep trucking along with what you need to do to fulfill yourself professionally, especially when that professional work is really tough (but rewarding?) In other words, how do I keep myself from just drooling over strollers all day?
posted by caoimhe to Work & Money (19 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Hello! After a long time of trying, in just a few weeks we will have our own child. Yay! This is the best thing ever. At the same time, my professional life is at a real make or break moment. I have a chance to do this huge creative project that will be big and hard, and require lots of travel and determination. It will really stretch my skills in that really painful but awesome way. There is a real risk of utter and embarrassing failure involved. I also have a few side job ideas that could also be really exciting. AND we're moving just a few months after the kid is born. So yeah, a lot's going on.
How do I not give up on this thing? How do I keep doing the tough work? The more I think about it, the more it just seems impossible, and then I can't seem to mobilize myself to do anything. I'll just think about breastfeeding at the same time I have to travel to a different country and want to cry. At the same time, I don't want to look back on this moment in my career and think that I just gave it all up. (I have a REALLY supportive partner, btw, so that's not a problem.)
I really want to start thinking about this BEFORE we have our child so I can have a game plan. (And yes, I know planning before a kid is laughable, but I mean more "psychological preparation" than actual planning, though I'll probably try to do some of that as well.) Any advice?