When we kicked off 2015 this past January I decided to forgo resolutions for a theme: simplify. I realized that while I might be able to do it all, I didn’t have to—and I wanted to pay special attention to what life could look like if I focused on what really matters.
By mid-year, I was unhappy with how I was spending my days, and I felt like I never had enough time. So I evaluated my commitments and responsibilities, and made a wish list. Among other things, the wish list included part-time employment with the option to work remotely.
My employer approved my request, and I appreciate them for making this new life possible. Friends have asked what life is like now, and I must admit that working part-time is one of the best decisions I have ever made. There’s an absence of guilt that I never knew was possible. I no longer feel guilty about not being mentally present when I’m with my children; and I no longer feel guilty about checking my email less frequently or not spending enough hours in the office. I now have flexibility and freedom, and both have given me new life. I’m excited to do my job, and I’m also excited to be with my family—and that feels good. For the sake of families around the world, I hope that more and more organizations will recognize that flexible opportunities for engagement will deliver more valuable, committed and happy employees.
In January I could have never expected how my theme of simplification would impact the year, but I am so grateful for how it has materialized. As we're wrapping up this year, I'm thinking about the year to come. I recently noticed a really powerful note on my mom's refrigerator and she shared that it was her resolution for 2015.
More prayer, less worry. More reading, less watching. More mending, less fixing. More giving, less spending. More peace, less division. More silence, less yelling. More love, less anger.
As I reflected on her words, I thought it would be a perfect collection of commitments for me to focus on for 2016. Here's to a year ahead filled with the things that are true and honorable, right and pure, and lovely and admirable.