When I gave up my corporate career two years ago to work from home in pursuit of a personal passion, I had obvious concerns – the first and largest being money. I was making a good salary that afforded my family a very comfortable life, not to mention health benefits.
Subsequent concerns involved matters of personal identity. Who was I if not an equal contributor to my household? Sure, my husband worked a successful career, but earning and contributing to my household was something I took tremendous pride in. And why should my happiness matter, I was providing financial security for my family. What could be more important than that?
Actually, a lot of things.
Of all the practical lessons I work so hard to instill in my children – the importance of hard work, sucking it up, thinking outside the box – the decision to leave my job for pennies on the dollar with little more than faith and a prayer may have taught them the most valuable lessons of all.