Last Updated on September 27, 2021 by melissanreynolds
I think I lost sight of what is important. I lost sight of my definition of what success with a chronic illness means.
I got sucked into the idea of “rising”, of the point being to earn more and more and be “business minded” (read: work lots and have heaps of money).
My body and energy levels are unique. Pre-pregnancy I knew this to be 25-30 hours per week of work. Now, I plan to begin the experiment at 20 hours. I share about how this turned out, in Working with a Chronic Illness part one post.
But I was looking for the wrong things.
If the goal is to have a permanent part-time career, then the actual job is going to be a bit different to what I have been thinking. Unfortunately, the business world hasn’t caught up to the idea of meaningful part-time work. So I need to aim at administration level roles.
If I’m being honest, that is a sticking point. I like to think of myself as “past” admin, I have done some amazing roles in the non-profit sector, there is such opportunity there, so I did far more than just administrative tasks when I was EA. Other administrative roles just don’t seem to cut it, challenge-wise.
But what is important is the ability to work part-time. And to be as close as possible to my baby’s care so that I spend as little time away from him as possible. I need to re focus on what’s important to me.
Not get lost in the world’s definition of successful. I am successful. I am good at my work, am married to the love of my life, have been given the joy of my life (my baby), know and follow my passions, live well with a chronic illness and love, A LOT.
2021 Note: Success with a Chronic Illness
I wrote this post in 2014 when I was going back to work after having my first son. And the concept holds true today. I wish we could redefine the word successful. I wish that people wouldn’t look down upon part-time work.
A viable work-life balance should be celebrated.
I share about this in Working with a Chronic Illness part one post.
What is your priority?
What can you do? This is important because we can’t always make broad sweeping changes immediately. However, living your work-life balance inline with your pacing envelope will help you in every single area of your life!