Working in the family business while nurturing my family consisting of a high-energy and over-achieving husband and two enthusiastic children (now young adults), while nurturing my own strong ambitions, was not an easy task.
It took a toll on my self-esteem and physically drained me. Soon, I noticed I was more susceptible to colds and flu and my immune system was slowly shutting down. The “me” part was getting lost and I couldn’t seem to find the right balancing formula.
The moment I focused on my needs, it came at a cost that I was not prepared to trade. I devoted my energy to my family first at the cost of my self-esteem. However, I used to lose my cool quickly, was irritable, and couldn’t enjoy the “together” family time, which soon turned into a battlefield of arguments. I lost my health and lacked energy and zest in life.