For only the second time in my professional life, I took a break away from work longer than two days. I really needed this one, as a death march getting a product out the door that was four months behind schedule (on a 5 month time estimate) really took its toll on me.
I spent the last week in Evart, Michigan, which is where my mother grew up and my folks now own a nice piece of property - Emerald Lake just south of Evart. I did my best to stay away from work and spend some good quality time with the family, which I think I accomplished.
Spencer had a good time on the lake, of course, whether it was a paddleboat ride or fishing off the shore. And Garrett had his first sample of navigating around the lake house, enjoying bonfires at night, and plenty of spoiling from the grandparents.
The older I get, the more I look at life and wonder whether I am balancing my work and family life properly. That I look at it as two different lives means I am not balancing it perfectly. My challenge is how to bring the two into agreement. The things I know how to do that generate a larger income to provide for the family don't align with my desire to spend more quality time with my family.
This past week gave me ample room for reflection on my career and where it should go. Lots of questions, no answers, and lots of options for playing my hand moving forward.