|Hanging in Chester, NJ at The Public House|
A few weeks ago I made a big decision to change my life. I quit my job. Made possible by meeting a stranger. Many of you have followed along my PR career for the past few years–from doing travel retail PR for Bacardi to most recently traveling like a star, representing luxury hotel and travel clients (per my post From Germany to London: Gluvine, Beer, and Holiday Cheer). Sure, it looked glamorous, but the daily grind was not.
Between commuting three hours a day on NJ Transit trains that are NEVER on time, bringing work home and not spending time with family, and feeling so tired that I can’t even play with baby Ella, my job was starting to really get me down. I knew I needed to find a job based in NJ. One day, I went to a dentist ten minutes from my house to get my teeth cleaned and I left the office with a business meeting to discuss being the center’s new in-house Marketing and PR Director. I was ecstatic. I’ll be helping them grow and expand into total wellness. The crazy thing was I was literally looking for jobs on MediaBistro.com while waiting to be seen by the doctor after the hygienist cleaned my teeth! It was fate.
Will I miss travel PR? Sure! I’ll miss the amazing free trips, the clients, my colleagues. But what is more important is that I will get to spend more time with my family and maybe even write more now that I will have normal work hours!
And then, after making the decision to make this change, a stranger approached me and had some words of wisdom to share: Earlier this month on a Saturday Chris, Ella, and I went to get breakfast in South Orange at Grid Iron Waffle House. A fellow father was admiring Ella and he said to us, “Enjoy these early moments. My kids are five and seven now. This time is finite.”
Great advice. I love being a working mom. I am obsessed with Marketing and PR and can’t wait to start my new job, but there needs to be balance. I don’t want to have any regrets–life is too short!