She wonders how she does it herself!
In fact, for Michelle, things didn’t turn out even close the way she planned. Sure, things look great, but the hours, flexibility and lifestyle she imagined could all be possible… It’s a washout! Perhaps even worse at times than if she still had that executive position, superannuation, sick leave, carers leave, maternity leave and PAYG.
Michelle is tired, stressed and starting to doubt her ability to hang in there and keep everything together. The business is important, family is important, health is important, retirement is important, investment is important… Every waking moment is spent dealing with important things and having time for herself is as ridiculous as sitting in the hair salon next to a unicorn.
She’s lonely too. In an isolated kind of way. While her husband is extremely supportive and interested in what she’s doing, she knows the family time while the kids are still up should be spent talking together, about their stuff, not hers. And where would she start anyway? After that, a few glasses of wine and some Netflix seems like the best way to take the edge off.
At work, Michelle is the leader. There’s no one there to talk to much either. Not about anything that might make people wonder if she’s not as together as they all think anyway. And that’s the stuff that keeps her awake…
Am I making the right strategic decisions?
Should I risk it on this deal?
Who can I rely on here if I can’t work?
How will we cope if I can’t work?
How can I get this business to the stage it doesn’t need me so much?
How can I get out of it?
The list goes on…