I sit here, coffee in hand, from my sunny suburban town. I dropped J off at school - Note: for a boy who cried on his first days in January he now RUNS up the stairs, says hi to his friends and digs right into whatever activity is going on. I love dropping him off and chatting with the teacher - but also love that there is no separation anxiety whatsoever and that baby boy is happy as a clam to be solo for a few hours.
After that, I was able to do a few errands and pop myself into the library for some focused work hours. Perhaps it doesn't sound like much to many, but to me - this is it! I have longed for this day for so long --- To do good high-level work, but have flexibility and independence so that I can balance it with the rest of my life. Sitting in dreadful rush hour traffic for 15 - 20 hours a week (!) was maddeningly inefficient and was slowly sucking the life out of me.
The insistence to continually improve, grow, adapt, change is pivotal to a life well lived.