A number of years ago, Kara, discovered that she was ready to go back to the work world. Here’s how she prepared herself and her family for this major life transition.
“Following my heart to return to the work world, after seven years as a stay-at-home mom, was a major transition for me and my family of five. I achieved it successfully—with support!”
As a stay at home mom for seven years—a conscious choice for our family and a focus I’ve really enjoyed—this past year I realized that what was once fulfilling was no longer satisfying for me.
Looking back, three things really helped in this transition. The first was career coaching (not with Dr. Jan) I sought out along with taking a temporary position—these gave me confidence in my resume, interviewing skills and working capabilities.
The second was the PAUSE.REFRESH.REBOOT YOUR LIFE workshop offered by Dr. Jan. This retreat helped me identify and outline the things I needed to put in place to make a smooth transition, balancing my career and lifestyle at home as I returned to work full time. With the guidance of Dr. Jan, and working with the other workshop participants, I was able to put into place some steps to overcome the scheduling and emotional barriers of making a major career move for me—and everyone in my family.
The on-going foundation to all this continues to be the solid Big Picture Partnering skills my husband and I learned years ago that continue to benefit us to this day! We still talk about your work all the time as we continue to iron out the wrinkles in our plans — ideas like living your dreams, setting goals, talking and listening frequently, tabling an issue to revisit when we can talk reasonably and so on. I highly recommend it for all couples going through transition.