May was a whirlwind. It was the closing of one chapter of life, and the beginning of a new chapter. It was a fresh start. May was a month of validation on so many levels.
The month began with a weekend getaway to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I ran a race and didn’t come anywhere near my goal time.
Validation: I love running even when it goes bad. Life is happy even when a races takes a wrong turn. Not achieving a goal doesn’t make it a success or a failure. It is in the stumbles along the way that strengthen commitment and motivation.
I started a new job with a company that is so closely aligned with my own personal values.
Validation: What I do matters. What I believe matters. Happiness in a job matters. This job has brought so much life back to my world.
Through all the changes, our home life didn’t falter. Dinners weren’t missed. Quality time with the boys wasn’t forgotten.
Validation: I don’t have to sacrifice myself to be a good mother. In fact, I’d argue I’ve been a more engaged mother since I became more engaged at work.
May reinforced that change and chaos aren’t something to be afraid of. They are meant to be embraced. Making the best of every situation is what matters.