“No, I can’t do it”, is a very hard sentence for me to say. When I worked in the corporate world, I felt it was a sign of weakness, a sign of a bad attitude, a sign of NOT being a team player. Because of that, I frequently took work home; I scheduled conference calls when my child was sick, and I “got the job done.” Yes, I rarely said no at work, however when it came to my family that was an entire different story.
I always said yes, no matter how difficult the task and my family paid the price. Many times, my husband picked up our girls from daycare because of a pressing assignment to work.
Please note my boss did not tell me to stay, I stayed because of my own pride.
My family always took a back seat to my job.
Fast forward eighteen months, and although I have traded in my crisp white blouse, pencil skirt, and pumps for a t-shirt, khaki skirt, and flip flops, and corporate culture for full-time motherhood, I am still putting other “things” before my family.