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?
Recently, several people have asked me about the meaning of well-being. Well-being is another way of describing a positive quality of life, or a thriving life — where life satisfaction is evaluated by optimal mental and physical health, a sense of meaning or purpose, and positive feeling and functioning, rather than just money, status and advancement. In short, well-being is your ability to feel good and function effectively — physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.