Letting it go
Well, summer is over and it’s that time of year when the kids have gone back to school and for those of us who aren’t in school, it’s time to get back to our routines. This summer was filled with lots of family time — friends’ weddings, vacations, and, best of all, getting to spend time with our daughter, Allison, whom we were able to see at three different weddings. I love the summer when it is “okay” to take time off and, in fact, we often put things on hold until after Labor Day, signifying a time when things will get back to “normal” again. But what is normal? For me, as a working mom, I always think that is time to get back into the routine. But even though Allison is grown up and lives far away, my routine is still about trying to fit all of the pieces of my career and personal life together. When I speak with other parents, this seems to be a constant battle.
I know that it has been ages since I have written and there is really no good excuse except I have been busy with life…and still trying to fit in a very full schedule of work, travel, friends, and some “me” time. After a 30-year career, I am finally getting comfortable that this is how I approach things, and that it will always be a challenge for me to be trying to fit it all in.
At a recent women’s conference, we had a roundtable discussion about how to balance it all. The most memorable advice was from one of the men…who summed it up in three simple words: “Let it go.” I laughed when I heard this and also realized that this is one of my biggest challenges — letting it go. Maybe this will be my next New Year’s resolution — just go with the flow.
Are you able to just “let it go?”
By blogger Barbara Adachi, Deloitte LLP