Guest Post- On Stepping Away From My Role

Happy Monday, y’all! I’m so excited to feature a post by Jackie from Moments of MusingJackie is such a sweet and inspiring mama of 2 boys, and her second son was just born a few weeks ago! One of my favorite posts is over on her blog today, so make sure to pop over, check that out, and take a look around because I love her posts!!

On Stepping Away From My Role by Jackie at Moments of Musing

Guest Post

Something I learned in 2017 that I am carrying with me into this year is that it’s okay to take a step back. To realize when I’m stretched too thin. To not overextend myself.

I never publicly mentioned it but late last year, I decided to step away from my role as NYC Chapter Manager (“Momager”) of the Working Like Mothers Network. It was my first time ever stepping away from a role for personal reasons.

I went back and forth over the decision for a few months. Over the summer, I learned we’d be welcoming a second baby. My pregnancy became a bit difficult with how sick and tired I felt much of the days. Work kept me busy, and then we decided to buy a house and move out of NYC. A lot was going on in my little family’s life.

Being the chapter manager just wasn’t working out anymore. Personally, I did not have the stamina I needed (first 20 weeks or pregnancy kicked my butt) but more importantly, I just did not have the time that it warranted and deserved. Moving and settling into our new house and preparing for Baby #2, while caring for S and working, take up basically all of my free time now.

Deciding to step away from my role was a difficult and stressful decision. I did not want to admit “defeat.” To be honest, at first, I felt like I had failed. But the relief I felt was so immense that my feelings of failing quickly subsided. (Plus, the network leaders are amazing and were very understanding.)

So, in 2017 I learned an important lesson — listen to my gut. If I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s because I probably am. I have the power to change that, though, and I could and should. After all, I’m much more productive when I feel more confident in the responsibilities I’ve taken on.

I hope this will encourage you all to listen to yourselves, too. Take chances and risks. Welcome new opportunities. Please, please do. But do not do so at the expense of your peace of mind and self care. You are the only you there is. Take good care of yourself.

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