Two years ago, to quote a friend, I blew my life up.
I left a 10-year marriage, returned to my career after a five-year break, moved from the country to the coast, and started seeing a new man.
It was an intense and ~dramatic~ time, with mistakes along the way, but it was SO worth it.
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Because I truly believe I have cracked the happiness code: I now live a part-time life.
I co-parent (four nights per week), I work part-time (four days per week) and my partner and I have three-to-four sleepovers per week.
Living this way has absolutely transformed my attitude towards work, parenting and romance. (In my previous life I worked and lived in the one location. It was the other extreme, and it wasn’t sustainable. I learnt you can’t be everything to everyone all the time without some kind of burnout. But that’s another story.)
Recently one night I was grinning from ear to ear, just generally feeling happy about everything, when my partner said, "Do you feel like you have the cake and you’re eating it too?"