The past year has been an amazing year. Not just for me, but I think for my entire family. The addition of bunny in our family was such a blessing in our lives. All of us realized how important family really is versus work. I seriously want to insert the quote, wait I mean speech, here from the former Coke CEO Bryan Dyson, I’m hesitant because it might seem a bit too obvious but well I know that words in photos work more vs. words alone:
The most important part of his speech is the last bit wherein he mentioned that people should work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. In my line of work, some people would think that it is impossible to do so (I work in media/advertising wherein we are deemed to be always on) but it is possible. I was able to survive a year without going overtime. Yes, there were times wherein I had to work at home but I do so when my bunny is sound asleep. Overall though it is possible to survive without going overtime, you just have to learn how to prioritize things. Some people might think I’m crazy but if you really work efficiently it can happen (meaning don’t stalk people’s updates by always checking your Facebook Newsfeed, learn how to use your time well, learn how to say no and to ask for extensions if needed, don’t stalk people’s updates (again because I see people do this a lot at work, really you can do that when you are stuck in traffic and not at work), and take care of your personal updates on your favorite shows/sports/artists/etc. at home or when you are commuting). Another thing is that you just have to learn to accept that not all tasks can be finished in a day (this took a lot of time before I finally accepted this truth) but to make sure that you meet your deadlines (I guess this is a big deal for me because I’m a journ graduate and a prof of mine told me before that if we don’t learn the importance of meeting deadlines we are dead).
I realized that bunny was more important than career, although I still have a lot of career goals I know when to hold back to be there for her. Have I ever thought of quitting? I would be lying if I said no, because there was a part of me that cried buckets when my maternity leave was about to end. Why did I go back? Simply because I love what I do. Even if I rant here and there about work at the end of the day I find myself going the extra mile because I love what I do.
The past year made me realize that it is possible to have both, an amazing family and a thriving career. Although difficult at times (like Vibering during holidays and wee hours of the day while breastfeeding bunny) it is possible.
That is why I welcome 2016 with arms wide open. Ready to receive whatever will be thrown at me because now I am a year older, I am aware of what is important to my life, and I am aware that every year brings a learning opportunity that will help me grow more as a person, as a mom, as a career woman.