I hit the pause button on writing for the past 10 months. When I took on my new role at Microsoft, I knew I would need to fully commit to learning a new function, a new segment, and learning how to interact with a new set of business leaders. I gave myself permission to fully focus on work and to avoid too much time dilution with creative pursuits, cycling, or social functions. The successes I’ve achieved and the relationships built during this time are greater than I dared expect.
Now it’s time for re-balancing. Time to get healthy, ride my bicycle, and endeavor to string words together in a pleasing fashion. Perhaps time to celebrate with friends and co-workers. Time to enjoy the summer, sit on the beach and read a book. Time to visit family. A new equilibrium where work is but one facet in my sparkling life.
I shared dinner with some friends last night, and one of them remarked that his career in the military – over 20 years in the past – truly felt like a distant life. The comment resonated with me — and I also resolved that it was time to make life less distant.
Here’s to a bright and varied second half of 2017!