For the last few years or so, there’s been a voice growing louder in my head telling me, “You’re not doing what you’re meant to do.” I’ve ignored it because I felt that it was too late to change, I had too many responsibilities, and I was thinking about what others would say. I had a lot of excuses not to live my best life.
After deciding to take a one-year career, sabbatical-style break to focus on my daughter during her senior year in high school, I received dozens of emails, texts and calls from other women leaders. They were intrigued and wanted advice on how they could make a similar decision. They described being in situations comparable to mine: desperately wanting to put family first, holding on tight to career ambitions, and wanting to make a difference and be there for others — while recognizing they were sacrificing their own well-being.
When Jacqueline Kennedy attended the Designing Your Life for Women Workshop, she was two months into a one-year sabbatical-style career break she had taken to focus on her daughter who was in her last year of high school. Having made this momentous decision, she came to DYL for Women with questions to answer. How could this year be most valuable to her and her daughter? What would the future look like after the break?