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Sometimes work/life imbalance means time for a change

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Coming from a high stress job that involved almost 50 percent travel, my work life balance was nonexistent. I couldn’t plan in advance, or know that I was going to be home in time to make an important event.

Making a huge career change was the catalyst I needed to be more present. I began evaluating what was important to me. What kind of person did I want to be?

Sometimes life has a way of sending you a huge change you didn’t know you wanted. I was checking my LinkedIn one day and saw an opportunity for a marketing role at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. I stopped and thought, what would that look like? I could keep doing the career I love, marketing, but also help people. I knew I had to apply! A few months later, here I am.

Being brand new to the organization, it was especially meaningful to stop and think what living life at 100 percent means. Making the decision to change jobs is exhilarating and terrifying. What if I don’t succeed? What if I don’t get along with my colleagues? What if I don’t make a difference?

Several weeks into this role I can say it was the perfect choice for me! Living life at 100 percent means having a job I love; spending time with my husband, our friends and our three animals; traveling; making time to get a workout in five or six days a week, and making a difference in the lives of others.

Mellissa Solin
Stillwater, MN