She quit to be a full-time mom when her son was 9 months old, and while she still misses the job, she wrote that she doesn't regret her decision.
"Being a parent is even more high-stakes than working in a newsroom, and I'm pretty much on the clock 24/7," she wrote. "But you can't quantify the rewards, and the payoffs are continual. I love my life, and while I miss my old job and coworkers, I've never felt more at the top of my game than I do now."
As this reader clearly states, the definition of work-life balance will be different for everyone. In fact, it's likely to change over the course of a person's career.
It's changed drastically for me over the years. When I was in my early 20s, just starting my career, I didn't mind spending long hours at work. I worked with my wife, and we thoroughly enjoyed our lives as young reporters, chasing down stories at all hours of the day and night.
As we got older and started having children, though, I found my priorities changing. I wanted to spend more time with my wife, who became a stay-at-home mom, and our kids, and that led me to change careers a couple of years ago. Like this last reader, I have no regrets.
Here's hoping all of you are able to find success in your own quests for balance. And keep your stories coming!
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