We're all so multifaceted, juggling work, family, romance, etc. We do our best to keep all the balls in the air and prevent a challenge in one area from affecting the others. But what if the key to success is not in compartmentalizing, but rather in embracing all the facets that make us a whole human, and sharing that person with the people in our lives?
Fulfillment, meaning, purpose- it all seems like an elusive desire we are all chasing. But true happiness is attainable when you know how to find it and choose to embrace it.
I did a pretty good job of avoiding loneliness. I kept busy and when I wasn’t busy, there were always friends and family around. And yet, those were the times I felt the most isolated. There’s nothing like being in a room full of people and not feeling connected to a single one.
I spent my corporate career bouncing around between locations. Change was part of the job, and it wasn’t long before I developed my own checklist for winning over a new team. I eventually applied this approach when I took over my family’s 30-year-old business. No matter the industry, this strategy has overcome generational, racial, gender, and tenure gaps.
Even after I figured out how to navigate single motherhood, I was left surprised yet again. With my focus on balancing all of life's demands, I never thought about all of the happy moments my toddler and I would share, and how it would feel to experience them alone.
Dating after divorce has been challenging in more ways than one. The last time I was single, I was 20 years old, inexperienced and full of optimism, without any baggage, and myspace was a thing. At 31, I re-entered this world wiser, scarred, with a baby, and dating was as accessible as swiping right.