It's been a month since I've been back at Oasis full time. I left Oasis for about a year to work at an eCommerce company building their data warehouse platform. There were many reasons I did that and it's not as easy as I needed the money or I needed the benefits.
The decision and transition last year was an easy one. I had been at Oasis 2 years and began getting discouraged. I let the negative comments overshadow the positive and what I was trying to do. A friend came to me almost out of the blue with a job working for a start-up that was experiencing tremendous growth. He needed leadership in the IT organization and asked if I was ready to leave Oasis in the capable hands of Dina and Kelly. And so I left.
I started a year of a 30+ one way commute, sitting at a desk all day, no time for exercise, eating out more than eating at home, no time for myself, oh, and a paycheck. As I've had some time to reflect on the year, I did learn a lot.
I can't say enough about the staff at Oasis. Dina and Kelly did a great job taking over the operations of the business. We had our ebbs and flows but Oasis remains the best place for women to work out in the Western Suburbs. "No one is as good as all of us" - Ray Kroc - and without the staff at Oasis welcoming each of our members and designing programs for our members to be well and get fit, we wouldn't be the place we today and getting better!
What I learned about myself is that I can't do it all. I lost a year of doing the things I love -- I didn't have time to read, my tomatillos in the garden didn't get picked, and I had to pay someone to walk my dog. That's not the life I envisioned for myself.
My year away also reminded me of something, it's not easy to be healthy in this fast-paced, workaholic world. No matter what our job, we take pride in what we do and want to do it well. And the thing that suffers most often is our health. I feel like I got yet another second chance to do the things I love and make a difference in the lives of women, families, and our community. And in order to do that, I am re-committing to taking care of me and be a role model that I would look up to.
So I'm back, recommitted, focused, and grateful. Recommitted to Oasis, focused on making it greater, and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.