Flashback 2.0: Continuing with the transition

Here’s another flashback post from 16July2007. My life after 15 years in corporate…

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July 16, 2007; You’d think adjusting to non-corporate life would be easy. I had experience from both maternity leaves to get this way of life out of my system and taking care of 3 children wouldn’t leave me any time to think much about anything else. However, there were still some adjustments that had to be made. Most of them subtle, such as, I could no longer hand out my company business card when meeting new people to provide contact information; all my contact and personal information stored on my work computer went from electronic to (mounds of) paper; my corporate home office was taken over by my husband and I now resort to the dining room table to work on my laptop; I pay for office supplies out of my own pocket; we bought a new car, having lost the company vehicle; I pay for gas out of my own pocket as well. These things didn’t require much adjustment on my part. The biggest change made was transitioning from two incomes to one. With this reality I have learned to live a more simple life, which were at times challenging. And what is a simple life in our household?

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22Mar2021: Supplemental entry

So what was a simple life? Although I was passionate about taking care of my children, I became lost in a busy world of diapers, spit up and wearing sweatshirts and track pants. It was a huge feat for me to get a shower and change out of my pajamas in a days work! I hit a point in my life where I lost myself. I lost my identity. I felt frumpy and dumpy. I didn’t know who I was anymore. Everything I did was for someone else and not me. I didn’t have time for me. I realized I needed a change. I needed to find myself again. However, I didn’t know where to start. Then I discovered the wonderful world of personal development and this served as a major pivotal point in my life.

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Flashback 1.0: Transition Point

As I previously mentioned, I used to blog many years ago. I found this post that I wrote on 14Jul2007, reflecting back to 18Dec2006:

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18 December 2006; my official corporate-free day, the end of my maternity leave and a new beginning. I have spent the last 15 years working at a large corporate company and now I’m free.

After learning my second pregnancy would deliver twin boys to my family of 3 and turning it into a family of 5, an important life decision had to be made. Step out of the managerial corporate world or roll up my sleeves to be a full-time mum. The decision wasn’t a hard one. I followed my heart; my family of 5 was my first priority. No more 3-hour meetings, air travel, performance appraisals, company car, taskforce teams, business clothes and 1,000 daily email messages. Changing diapers, spit up, sweat pants, food fights, baby talk and toilet training became more my scene. For me, this is my life after corporate. So now what?

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Re-awakened

I had forgotten the world of blogging and recall I used this platform years ago to chronicle my thoughts. I have re-awakened the “blogger” in me and I’m picking up on what I am calling my “online journaling habit.”

Watch this space for more upcoming posts.

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