As a kid, I operated with a simple career plan: If I wanted to learn how to do something, I got a job doing that. That’s how I became a skier…starting as a ski rental technician, becoming a ski patroller, and then a ski instructor. I got a job at a marina so I could learn sailing and windsurfing. And I had lots of flexible restaurant jobs which allowed me to eat well while I pursued my adventures.
As a young adult, marriage and motherhood imposed a more complex approach to my career. I had others to consider, and my career decisions impacted my family. With a deeper sense of responsibility, I chose to become a restaurant manager. The work was rewarding and the benefits justified the long hours. But the career came with a steep cost. I was a mom all day, went to work at 4 pm and didn’t sleep more than a few hours a night for years. […]