How I Simplified
My Life by Becoming an EP
I have definitely
made choices to simplify my life over the past year, perhaps
my story can be of help.
When my husband and I began to
seriously discuss having a second child, I knew in an instant
I could never be the parent I wanted to be to that child, and
my precious firstborn, and keep the worklife I had. I was a Product
Manager at a very small diagnostics company and was consumed
by my job. Much of my personal life, both with my family and
with myself, was put on hold for the stresses and expectations
of the job -- including a one hour commute each way!
My salary at the time was equal
to my husband's, so the prospect of leaving my job did give us
serious heartburn for a while! But, the more I thought of life
after "Digene" (the company I worked for), the more
attractive it seemed.
Bottom line, once we determined
that we could actually live on half the salary if we put our
minds to it, I quit the job when my daughter was born last January.
It was the best decision of my life because I was taking total
control and responsibility for my life and the direction it was
going in. I have had the extreme pleasure of knowing my daughter
better than anyone -- an honor I missed with my son since
he was in daycare from age 10 weeks.
My long range plans? I am slowly
getting a Masters in Teaching and will put my science degree
to work as a Science Teacher. In order to defray some of the
costs of my education, I am head of my own company -- A Dorling Kindersley Family Learning Distributor.
I must say none of this is possible
without the support of my husband. While he isn't always the
easist man to get along with (this after 11 years of marriage!),
he is totally supportive of my decisions to put our family first
and make changes in my career path.
For what it's worth, this is
Dina Link is a Dorling Kindersley Family Learning Distributor,
offering award winning books, software and videos for children
and adults. Dorling Kindersley believes children are built for
learning and learning begins at home! Dina can be reached by
Email: [email protected]
or at her Web site: www.DKMultimedia.com/DKDina.