Read on how to enrich your life by purpose, i.e. to find depth and, a reason to get out of bed each morning, your own Ikigai.
Like many working women do, I took a maternity break from the Corporate world after being there for 11 intensive years after completing my MBA. The birth of my elder daughter was the reason for this and as she turned 8 a few days back, I look at her and realize that time truly flies.
I fully intended to go back once my maternity leave got over. However, I never could!
The thought of leaving such a small baby with a help, nearly broke my heart. I was a Brand & Marketing professional and my job involved late hours and travelling. I felt I would miss out on life so much if I continued working! My heart would always be home with the little one!
So, I decided to quit for good and stayed home taking care of her and I have never regretted even a single moment of it!
By the time she was 4, we planned for our younger one and my sabbatical got even longer! My priorities had changed and I chose to stay home with the girls.
When my younger one started playschool a year ago, I looked at my girls, feeling proud of how I have brought them up so far. Little angels but so spirited and curious…and happy above all.
Then, I looked at myself. Two pregnancies ending in two cesareans and a long maternity break left me happy, no regrets there…but, I felt unfit and unhealthy. It just didn’t feel right. I had no stamina and I was so out of shape. I realized that I needed to take care of myself too.
I contemplated joining the Corporate life again but in all honestly, I didn’t want to. I still wanted something which would leave me plenty of time with my little girls, even if it meant less money and no fancy designation. Spending time with them made me happy no matter what others felt about me wasting my degree and talents.
First of all, I decided to get back in shape and learn something new. I started with kickboxing, thinking it would be fun and would also help me in getting my strength back! It actually just changed my life around! Fitness indeed is an addiction…and I fell hook, line and sinker!
I couldn’t stop once I started…I didn’t want to. I joined a reputed gym close by, worked hard, read and researched a lot, took care of my diet.
It wasn’t easy…I did not know what to do and how to do anything, inside the gym! But I started anyways…and today, I have come a long way! From 30 lbs leg press to 320 lbs, from not knowing what a deadlift is to 120 lbs of deadlifting…a lot fitter, a lot stronger and a lot healthier!
I also started learning guitar as I always wanted to. I read as much as I could! I have always been a bookworm and reading helps me unwind.
I have authored a small children’s story which is available on Kindle – “Dhruv & The Mad Scientist” by Smita Krishna) and I am working on it so that I can get it published in hardback soon.
With all this and some more, I am always running against the time, doing so many things and taking care of everything and everyone. Meeting many deadlines on a daily basis, I have vowed to never give up and I work hard, everyday, to achieve my dreams.
When people find me and my dedication inspiring today, I feel happy and encouraged.
Though I do not wish to return to corporate world now, I still want to have a career, in blogging. I feel proud that though, am still not financially independent, I can be, anytime I want. My degrees are not wasted, no, they simply gave me the power to choose!
I take care of family’s finances and investments, take care of my life-partner and the kids, their studies and other schedules, take care of the house, read and research, work hard at gym and stay happy and disciplined myself, both.
I write about many things and majority of them are fitness and nutrition related. My website is: www.jillofmanytrades.com. I post every Friday and my readership and followers are both growing, slowly and steadily. If you find me inspiring and like my blogs, please join me on Instagram for regular updates, photos and work-out/nutritional information @ jillofmanytrades_blogger
I am fitter and stronger than ever. Looking and feeling fabulous is a bonus. I now want to inspire other women to take care of themselves, physically, nutritionally and mentally.
I aim to do that with my blog and other social profiles on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I lead a well-read, well-aware and disciplined life and I am enjoying my blogging journey! I hope to be one of the top-most influencers online someday and to inspire people, especially women, to be aware and to know their worth, above all.
I have so much to learn, so much to write. I even have a bucket list that I have to finish eventually. I am a super-mom and though I have quit corporate world and am not doing a traditional 9-5 job, I am happy with my new career choice. I am doing what makes me happy and I am getting better by the day.
That’s my story. #MomAndMore
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